Well, I am running behind. I have a couple of videos that need the last bit of editing and they will be uploaded. So Tool Time Tuesday will be a bit late. Sigh, that seems to be my M-O lately. But there really is a good reason for it. We are MOVING! And hopefully this will be the LAST ONE!
We didn’t tell anyone about the house because we didn’t want to jinx it. But we made our offer, it was accepted. We did the inspection and it passed, and what didn’t is being fixed by the current owners. We even have all the loan paperwork in process. So it is all coming together. I hope I am not sorry for announcing this before we have actually closed on the house, because you never know. But I am hopeful and feeling really good about this one.
Yes, there is a studio. WOOHOO!!!! It is smaller than my last studio, but I think it will work with some modification. But here is what I like best… It has its own entrance! YAY! Nobody has to come in and see my messy house. The studio is a 1 bedroom apartment. There is a 1/2 bath and a full kitchen. I will be selling the stove and putting a kiln in its place (I think.) I haven’t decided if I should keep the microwave yet or not. But just wait until you see what I see when I look out the windows. Well, here, take a look….
Here is a bit better picture of the Kitchen. Check out the storage space! WOOT! And a DOUBLE SINK. I am in HEAVEN!
Looking into the room from the kitchen area. That bump out there with the door is the 1/2 bathroom.
Straight ahead is where I will put my benches/student work spaces.
I wish this bedroom were as large as it looks. It is 9 x 13. So it is great, but still poses challenges.
Originally I was thinking the closet was larger. I was hoping to put the polishing machine in there… and I still might. Yup, that is Kiari. My how she has grown. (23 pounds and 2 1/2 feet tall. She has come a long way from 3 pounds and 16 inches long.)
Yes, that is the view from the studio. Now who wants to come and take a class?
So here are a few plans I have played with in laying out my existing tables and equipment.
This drawing uses my bench as it is right now. but I don’t care for the workflow. It works, but isn’t the easiest.
This is the plan I am leaning towards. I will have to modify my bench a bit, but the workflow is MUCH better. I am pretty sure I can get six students into this space comfortably with good workflow. My sand blaster and metal shear will have to be in the other room along with the polishing unit, but I think it is still workable. I had toyed with the idea of knocking out the wall, but I think I will try it the way it is for now. Besides, the house cost more than we were planning, so I won’t have construction money for a LONG time.
I need to change the lighting in the big room and add my ventilation, but other than that, it is pretty much ready to go. Oh, I guess I will tear out the carpet and paint the floor as well. I have a few ideas for the walls, but I think I am going to leave them pretty light this time, at least for now.
I would also like to see if it would be possible to get a natural gas line into the studio. That way I wouldn’t have to have a tank in my studio. I could get a natural gas/oxygen torch instead and work it with an oxygen concentrator. The problem with that is that the gas line is on the opposite side of the house. So I don’t know if it would be possible or cost effective to do it. But I do miss having a big torch.
Well this new move is very exciting. We are hoping we are purchasing the 30-year house. This home is certainly a place where I am looking forward to raising my children. But this house comes with a fairly high price tag and I need to step things up a bit to help lighten the load. Plus I have some studio modifications to make. So I have another tutorial that is just about finished. I am putting the final touches on it now.
People have asked me for a long time to write a tutorial on my spinner rings. It has been a very popular class and not everyone can take classes with me due to distance and such. So, you have seen some of my tutorials and videos, well this is just as in depth.
The spinner ring tutorial is an intermediate project. I do not go in depth on how to solder the ring. However, I do have a video that is a good introduction to soldering a ring band.
I was really hoping that I would be posting my tutorial tonight. However, home inspections and meetings with the realtor have kept me from accomplishing that. So I promise to have it out by Friday. Oh, and the cost on this tutorial is only $9.50. It is currently over 20 pages long with more than 60 images.
I also have a couple of more tutorials that I will have listed in the next two weeks. I even have some great tool reviews that I hope to have posted shortly. I have been playing with some really fun tools lately and I can’t wait to share my thoughts.
See you all in just a little bit.