Learning at Fresno Ideaworks

Ideaworks Core Classes

Our approach is different than that of traditional schools. With a focus on safety, skills, and process, it’s our goal to set a strong foundation in every shop space that students can take home with them or, as members, explore and refine their abilities at Ideaworks. In the shop, help or collaboration is never far from hand. Our instructors are passionate about supporting our members as they work through projects, and our members are always open to helping as well.

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Wood Shop

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Come learn the basics or brush up on more advanced skills. Paid classes to work on custom projects. Whatever you want to make with wood, we are here to help.

  • Basic Woodworking
  • Wood Lathing
  • Router Basics
  • Power and Hand Tools

Machine Shop Classes

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Learn manual precision mills and lathes. The first class starts with an introductory that covers the basics.

  • Intro to Machining
  • Precision Milling
  • Metal Lathe

Welding Classes

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A large part of metal fabrication entails welding. The first class will cover basic safety and types of welding, and includes hands-on work of each technique. Then depending on your needs, classes can branch off from there.

  • Intro to Welding (Mig, Tig, Arc)
  • Cutting and Welding Practice
  • Sand Blasting Basics
  • Equipment Safety

Focus Times

The shop is a continually evolving environment. New shop spaces are constantly being discussed and evaluated. Each of these revolves around a Focus Event. These are times when people with a common interest can gather, discuss projects, get help, or simply appreciate being among kindred spirits.

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Sawdust Sundays

Sunday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
It’s wood shop day at The Fresno Ideaworks shop. If you have any interest in woodworking, lathe work, carving, or any other means of sawdust production, join us. This event is free and open to the public. No experience necessary.

Weekend Wearables

Sunday 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Basic Sewing
  • Costuming and Cosplay
  • Mask making
  • Textiles
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Metal Monday

Monday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
From welding to machining, if your focus is on metal, then Metal Mondays is for you. It’s free to come down and check it out!


Tech Tuesday

Tuesday 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The future is Tech! Free focus nights taught be generous volunteers.

  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Basic Programming
  • Basic Electronics
  • Robotics

Wooly Wednesday

Wooly Wednesday

Wednesday 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Yarn spinning
  • Knitting

3D Thursday

Thursday 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

3D tools are out of the reach of the average hobbyist. However, members of Fresno Ideaworks have access to these tools (after training).

  • 3D Design
  • 3D Printing
  • Laser Cutting
  • CNC Router (Woodshop)

Group Projects

The first and third Wednesdays of a month are used to collaborate on group projects. These are things for the betterment of the shop or community and generally have several members working together on various aspects. Everyone is both welcomed and encouraged to come join in. There’s no telling what skills may be required or available to learn.

Open Shop

Of course, any time Ideaworks is open and there’s not a class or focus group in a shop space, it’s available for members to use. The public is also welcome to stop by for tours or to ask questions.