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shop and studio

The shop was originally built in the mid seventies and has had a couple of additions to the original floorplan since then. It no longer is the place where square things are made. Furniture and boxes have given way to the making of round and carved things. The shop is always in flux and this is where all turning, carving and finishing takes place.

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Main entrance on the left and door to the finishing area is on the right

4 by 8 foot drying box on side of shop.

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Looking out from inside the shop through the main entrance door.

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Looking out from inside the shop through the finishing room door.

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Inside, main entrance on the left.

My lathe and turning station.

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My Wife Sharon’s lathe and turning station.

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Sharon’s carving area.

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My carving room is mostly soundproof and keeps the dust and sawdust contained. Clean air is pumped into into the room and airborne dust is pulled through a filter box and an axial fan plenum to trap particulates. Laminar flow is maintained and air is exhausted from the carving room through a ridge vent at the top of the shop. Having this room gives me the ability to work late at night without disturbing anyone. It’s nice to have a place that will contain the mess that is generated from carving, and that is set up with tools ready to go. I can close the door to the room when I need to stop and just open the door and go back to the piece I was working on later on.

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The finishing room during construction and filled with work in progress

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Some of the wood storage areas.

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There are times that roughing out pieces have taken over the whole shop. Often this is what it will look like by the end of the day

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Shavings go to a horse ranch and chicken farmers for bedding. After they are through, the shavings and manure mix go to the produce farmers.

We get the bags back and start the whole cycle again. We have friends with fireplaces that burn the cutoffs that we generate. This has turned out to be a tidy eco-system that evolved on its own. Everyone seems to have a use for the by products of turning.

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Roughed out pieces that need to be seasoned in a hurry go into the insulated humidity controlled dry box. Most other times pieces are simply moved up to drying racks in our attic after a suitable time has passed for initial moisture equalization.

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