The studio has been located in many places over the years. At this time I’ve got a really good situation located in the third bay of a three car garage. Here in Southern California that means that I can work in the studio almost year round with the door open.
The primary power tools are a drill press, band saw, scroll saw, 8″ disc sander, shop vac, planer, and a router. Many many hand tools. I am finding myself working with tools some of which I’ve owned more than fifty years…and even a couple that my father has passed on to me. Good tools are a good investment.
I’ve got a rack of perhaps 50 bar clamps…you can never have enough clamps. I could go on and on about the tools…however the important thing about the work that I do is not the tools, though they are important. The really important thing is “attitude”.
- Do I really care about what I am doing?
- Am I angry…or calm?
- Am I in a rush…or is there plenty of time to do it right?
- Do I have a clear vision of what I am doing?
- Do I love what I am doing?
I practice Tai Chi for an hour each morning…a good way to start the day…and an indicator to you about my outlook on life. I design my creations myself. Frequently I build a design two or three times before I create “the first one”. Keeping the studio neat and picked-up comes naturally. Keeping tools in good repair is important.
Here is a YouTube video tour of my studio. Enjoy.