At the clubhouse location, AGMS operates a workshop where certified members in good standing can make use of AGMS equipment for a small fee. The workshop is generally open Wednesday nights from 6 pm to 8:30 pm and on the third Saturday of each month from 10 am to 4 pm.
Three types of certifications can be obtained, granting access to the three primary areas of the workshop:
- Cabbing Workshop access – provides access to arbors, flat laps, and trim saws in the cabbing room. Certification requires completion of a Cabbing 101 class. Members with prior experience can request certification without a class.*
- Slab Shed access – AGMS currently has 5 slab saws in a shed on the clubhouse site ranging in size from 10″ up to 18″. Additional saws, including a 24″ saw, are being refurbished. Certification requires completion of a Slabbing 101 class. Members with prior experience can request certification without a class.*
- Faceting Room access – AGMS currently has a faceting room in the main clubhouse building adjacent to the cabbing room. the faceting room includes a variety of faceting machines including Facetron, Raytech Shaw, Graves, Imperial, and Ultra-tec. Certification requires completion of a Faceting 101 class. Members MUST take a faceting class to be approved for using faceting machines. No option for certification outside of a class is currently available.
- UV lighting/Flourescent Materials viewing table in the Faceting room – The club owns UV lighting located in the faceting room for viewing materials under different wavelengths of UV lights. They available for use provided there is not a class in process with the assistance of the Workshop Manager or a Workshop assistant.
*Certification without a class requires the member to demonstrate their knowledge to the Workshop Manager. The candidate will be asked to demonstrate their competence as well as safety practices and proper use and care of the equipment. Members requesting a certification will pay a fee and schedule the certification with the Education Chair PRIOR to the interview. Certifications are generally scheduled during the clubs regularly scheduled Workshop Nights.