Somerville, Mass. — After testing a rescued 20-MHz analog oscilloscope, I wanted it to have a good home where people could use it to learn how to build things. A little research turned up Artisan’s Asylum, a nonprofit maker space for electronics, bicycles, sculptures, and combinations thereof. EE Times visited Artisan’s Asylum on March 29, 2017 during the weekly “Circuit Hacker’s Night.”
While I often think of maker spaces as being for people primarily building electronics, Artisan’s Asylum goes far beyond that. Indeed, the Asylum has space for people who make mechanical things such as bicycles, but sculptors use the equipment to make art from scrap metal and old bicycle parts. There’s even a business where someone makes prototype models and art from duct tape.