I had a neglected vegetable patch at the end of the garden and decided on balance it would be more useful to put a workshop here than search for premises to rent.
Having no experience at building something this size I started doing some homework, and got a friend to help me with some design ideas.
The workshop needed to be simple to build and as a result I was able to do most of the building work myself.
I had help from friends and family for the heavy stuff.
It took 14 weeks to get it ready, despite some of the wettest weather we had seen !
I had the help of an electrician friend to check all my wiring and connections, and all went well.
Great fun doing it, and physical work too.
My rather cramped shed
Having woodwork as a hobby has been most enjoyable over the years, but with the opportunity of me having more time available I decided to commit to trying to expand my knowledge and ability in this field.
I attended a furniture making course and loved it. I decided to try to select more short courses in specific disciplines. I learnt about small furniture making techniques and materials, veneering, box making, veneering, inlaying, and many more things .I realised that my teachers had years and years of experience and so I wasn't going to become an expert over night !
I realised pretty soon that all these courses were well and good and most enjoyable, but what were they preparing me for? I was able to do all these wonderful woodwork things because they had lovely workshops that were fully equipped. I did not. I had a small shed which was rammed with what I thought were the most important machines. unfortunately I did not have anything like the facilities that i was being taught in . I presumed talking to other course members this was not unusual.
I could not see that I would progress my ideas to develop my woodwork skills without some changes.
My plan, was as follows,
~build a new larger workshop dedicated to making small furniture items
~acquire equipment essential for this purpose
~develop and design some unique small furniture items not available elsewhere
~ spend time practising making them
~explore different avenues of selling my works
~continue attending courses to keep up to date
~build a website and keep records !
So here goes .....................