Artisan's Asylum Boston – A communal lab for mad science

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"Artisan's Asylum" in Boston is a former warehouse that has been taken over by a collective of engineers and craftspeople. I just think they're crazy good!

I meet my friend Drew outside Artisan's Asylum, and I hand over an old smartphone. "The screen is cracked," I say, "batteries are losing charge, and I think the power connection is going wonky."

"Nothing I can't fix," he says, "and besides that it's perfect."

Drew tells me about his ideas for a project. He has a used ambulance and he's planning on turning the inside into a mobile art house, with the phones intended to display visuals.

As he talks, he walks into the Asylum, a former warehouse that's now been taken over by a collective of engineers, metalworkers and craftspeople, and he shows me around.

"You know SCUL, of course." He waves at a den of hand-welded bikes that belong to a gang that friends of mine have ridden with. They're a menagerie of tall bikes and choppers, less bikes than human propelled metal sculpture.  

"Over here is wood shop. Machine shop next over. That's our new plasma cutter." He points at a squat, metal apparatus that uses electrical arcs to superheat gas for precision slicing of metal. Basically? A lightning knife.

There's more, of course - welding stations, paint shops, 3D printers, jeweler cubbies. Artisan's is a makerspace, a communal workshop for dreamers, artists and inventors, a place where wild ideas become reality. They teach classes, and they're open for tours for the curious, the inventive, and the creative.

"You mind if I write about you guys?" I ask.

"Not at all," he says, "the more, the madder."

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10 Tyler street

Mon - Thu 12:00 - 22:00, Fri - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

US$

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