Upcoming Classes & Events Listing

The following is a list of upcoming in-store classes, events, and other Tool Shed happenings.

All events are held at 2427 N. Murray Ave., two blocks north of North Ave. near the intersection of North and Farwell, unless otherwise noted.

MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, August 16, 8:00 pm

This monthly discussion group is open to anyone who is interested in exploring polyamorous, nonmonogamous, or open relationships. Newcomers welcome. More information at www.meetup.com/Southeast-Wisconsin-Polyamory-discussion-group/. FREE.

Rope Made Easy
with Sir Wieland
Tuesday, September 12, 8:30 pm

This entertaining, hands-on class is for those who say they can’t tie knots and that rope takes too long. Find out how easy rope can be!

We will be showing you how to tie a simple cuff (bolla bolla), a couple of arm ties, a basic chest tie, and a simple karada (body tie). With these concepts, you can be creative and develop your own ties and styles. We will talk briefly about safety, materials, and lengths, and then quickly get the rope in your hands. If you are unpartnered, we will pair people up so everyone gets a chance to tie. Tighter fitting clothing will make tying easier. If you normally wear a bra, a thinner (non underwire) bra or no bra is best for feeling the tie.

If you have your own rope, bring two 20-30 ft pieces. The instructor will also bring some rope for folks to use. After learning a few ties, you will have a better idea of the lengths you may want to have. The Tool Shed has a selection of rope for purchase.

$15 per person or $25 per couple-- sign up with a friend or partner and save! Register here!

Gadgets and Gizmos: Returning the fun to sexual function
with Lucky Tomaszek

Thursday, September 14, 8:30 pm

Our culture continues to hold a very romantic view of sex, one in which all we need for a mutually satisfying sexual encounter is two naked bodies and a little enthusiasm. Those of us living with pain and disability know that there's a lot more to it. It's helpful to let go of deeply ingrained beliefs about the "shoulds" of sex, and instead open up to all of the possibilities inside of us. When we learn how to work with our body, instead of against it, we often find that we are capable of experiencing more than we thought possible. This session will discuss tools, toys, aids and devices to help facilitate sexual expression (specifically sexual health, function and pleasure). We will also emphasize that there's no right way to have sex. There's only what's right for you.

Welcoming to people of all genders, orientations and relationship statuses.

This is a FREE event. Pre-registration is not necessary.

Bacchanalia Basics
with Cooper Becket and Dylan Thomas

Friday, September 29, 8:30 pm

They're whispered about, opinions are drawn, expectations are high for both attendees and non. The sex party, the play party, the swinger party, call it what you will, to anyone who’s never been to one they conjure up visions of hedonistic abandon, or deeply creepy masked affairs. With so many people looking to explore their sexuality and needing a safe place to do so, play parties have value far beyond a whole bunch of naked people in a room. They can educate as well as titillate. The Life on the Swingset crew, a group known for their parties talk about the value of play parties, throwing them, and attending them, will delve into the concerns both logistically (how to arrange a bedroom so ten people can fit on the bed), ethically (consent, interaction with people, disclosures of STI status and relationship arrangements), and address how to deal with potential issues you may encounter, creeps, left out individuals, and levels of risk aware sex involvement. In this session they’ll be broken down from all sides, the academic idea behind them, throwing them, and attending them.

Cooper Beckett's life isn't like other people's. When he's not writing or podcasting at Life on the Swingset, he's living it up as an evangelical swinger, exploring Poly, and spreading the good word that "sharing is caring." He truly believes that a good many people would be open to exploring the fringe of human sexuality, knocking down the borders between orientations, and experiencing great sex, that most basic of human rights, if only they were told it's okay to do so. He has resolved to make the world safer for sexuality, even if it's only one couple at a time.

Dylan Thomas is a different kind of evangelist. Dylan sees the need for an evolution in how people communicate and how people perceive each other. By learning that love and emotion are unlimited resources, people can take responsibility for themselves, their emotions, their actions and learn to enjoy and appreciate the wealth of diversity in lifestyles and sexuality everywhere. As a co-host on Life on the Swingset, Dylan has relayed his own journey: wading through the barren lands of homophobia and male chauvinism and progressing into yearning for bi-sexuality, creating communities around swinging, learning about growing new relationships through polyamory, and being willing to expose his own failings, fears, and triumphs along the way.

$15 per person/$25 per couple. Register here!