Which skills do you want to learn? Join us in putting on Epic Skill Swap 2019 by logging in and voting on workshops you'd like to take or participate in. See the "Proposal Proccess" page for more details.

Proposals

Aikido

Aikido "the art of peace" is a Japanese martial and movement art that can teach us how to engage and blend with conflict in ways that preserve our own safety without adding violence. Techniques involve learning how to feel and connect with the energy of an "attacker" and move in a centered and balanced way to dissapate and redirect the incoming energy into a mutually safe resolution.

In this workshop, people will learn how to...: 
do several basic movements of Aikido in order to gain a basic understanding of philosophy of this art.

Basic auto body repair

So you've got a rusty spot on your car. First, you may ignore it. Then, you may intend to do something about. Finally, it may grow to a hole and then you know it's bad. What to do? In this workshop, we'll cover the basics of removing rust, using body filler to repair holes, and painting. If you want us to practice on your car, please plan to chip in towards material costs.

In this workshop, people will learn how to...: 
Repair rust spots and minor damage to cars

Basic Bread Making

We'll each make a loaf of simple bread. Along the way you will learn how yeast works, how to knead, shape a loaf, when it's ready to bake, how to tell when it's done and what to look for in each stage.

I will talk about using different flours, how gluten works and tricks for making different types of bread.

 

In this workshop, people will learn how to...: 
Bake homemade Bread

Requests

Neck Massage for One

When there isn't someone around to help, are there any techniques for working on your own neck muscles to release tension? I'd appreciate some tips.

How to use spices in cooking

I feel like I have a shelf of spices that I randomly add to the food I'm cooking. I'd love to get some insight on which spices to use on which foods, with each other, how much, when to add them, what they do! It would be cool if we could actually cook something, but I'd also be interested to just learn about them in a theoretical way. Maybe take home a cheat sheet?

Interior decoration/design

 You know how some people's homes look like slightly upsized dorm rooms and some people's homes look like the nonhuman embodiment of what it means to host a polite afternoon tea? What is that makes some spaces register as inviting (or elegant, tidy, cozy, calming, etc.) and others as unfinished, cluttered, or temporary? I suspect that there are some secret or not-so-secret principles of interior decoration and design that could help make my apartment look more like a home and less like a place that somebody has been meaning to do something about, but I'm at a loss for what they are.