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SoVA Wood & Metal Shop

SoVA student using an arc welder fusing metals together.

The School of Visual Arts Wood and Metal Shop is an exceptionally well-equipped and maintained facility located on the 1st floor of the Visual Arts Building. The Wood and Metal shop is open for use to any student enrolled in the School of Visual Arts classes. The shop serves as the core of activity for a variety of classes and individual projects ranging from foundation level classes to graduate students. The shop has a full-time supervisor and shop technician available for assistance with art projects and technical advice from 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, and trained shop technician during the evening hours.

The shop facilities also include a dust collection system and downdraft tables for woodworking activities, several exhaust hoods for welding operations and a spray booth for painting and finishing.


First Floor, Visual Arts Building

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Monday through Friday
8:00am – 5:00pm


Sometimes creative making requires the right equipment…and the SoVA shop is packed with an extensive selection of hand and power tools.

Woodworking Equipment

  • 12” DeWalt Sliding Miter Saw
  • 10” Saw Stop Table Saw
  • 12” DeWalt Compound Miter Saw
  • 36” Northfield Bandsaw
  • 20” Powermatic Bandsaw
  • 13” Powermatic Bandsaw
  • 8”Oliver Jointer
  • 24” J-Line Thickness Planer
  • Rockwell Delta Drill Press
  • Boice Crane Drill Press
  • Powermatic Power Mortiser
  • Oliver woodturning lathe
  • 2 Scroll Saws
  • 2-6” Rockwell Delta Belt Sanders
  • 6” Delta Edge Sander
  • 2-15” Diameter Oliver Disc Sanders
  • 14” Diameter J-Line Disc Sander
  • Delta and Jet Benchtop Orbital Spindle Sanders
  • several belt and disc sanders
  • power carving tools
  • Foredom flex shaft sanders
  • variety of hand tools, sanders, saws, clamps and vices

Metalworking Equipment

  • Miller Arc Welder
  • Lincoln TIG Welder
  • Miller MIG Welder
  • Miller Spot Welder
  • Victor oxy-acetylene torch cutting and welding equipment
  • Hypertherm Plasma Cutter
  • 96”Chicago sheet metal brake
  • 24” PEXTO box brake
  • 48” PEXTO hydraulic shear
  • Niagara mechanized roller
  • Hossfeld pipe and tube bender
  • Trinco sand blaster
  • Rigid pipe threading machine
  • Kalamazoo horizontal bandsaw
  • DoAll vertical bandsaw
  • PEXTO circle cutter
  • Rockwell Delta machining lathe
  • JET Milling machine
  • Di-Acro turret hole punch
  • Eastwood buffing machine
  • several stationary grinders
  • variety of clamps, hand tools and portable electric tools the making.

The flash of sparks. The smell of sawn wood. The sound of ringing hammers. It's art[work].