It’s been cold. I mean really really cold. The high on Friday was 2 degrees F.
Wichita has been hovering between zero and 10 the entire week. Until I started a bit of metalsmithing, I was happy to stay bundled and warm in my house and avoid the weather extremes. But, since I’ve started playing with fire, I’ve moved my metalsmithing bench to the garage. The garage with a VERY cold cement floor. I love all my tools. I love my torch. I love my little Smith heads. But I just can’t make the sacrifice to freeze my toes (and other body parts) to spend some quality time out in the garage.
The family unit is moving sometime in the spring to a bigger house. One of the requirements of this new, bigger home is that I can use a room in the basement for my own. A room that I can install an exhaust fan, has an exterior window and egress, and will be mine mine all mine for making jewelry. Being able to have ALL of my tools AND my torch all the same place = heaven. Additionally, being inside and WARM? Definitely icing on the cake.
Setting up a work bench is kind of like buying a new house, you know? Now that I’ve been using mine for several years, I am pretty sure I know nearly exactly what I need at the next location. It’s kind of exciting.
How did your work bench evolve? What was the biggest thing you learned that you would have part of your next work space?
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