Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Studio

This is the new studio! I finally have a space for all of the wonderful, magical, delicous tools I have been collecting for so long!

My boyfriend built some walls in his basement, equipped with electrical outlets and ventilation. There is still a little bit of work to do yet. The wiring for the outlets isn't hooked up, and more lighting will eventually be added. For now though, I am able to work with the use of extention cords.

This is the soldering bench. The actual table top is a piece of slate that my Dad just happend to have laying around at home. It weighs a ton, but is perfect for stacking my bricks and hot tools on. I use an acetelyne B tank, and a smith torch handle. I have an assortment of tips so I can work comfortably on pieces of various sizes.

Pictured to the right is my beloved bench. It was a joint christmas gift from several members of my family. Here is where all of the drilling, sawing, filing, and sanding occurs. The Dremel that is hanging off the right side of my bench will soon be replaced by my new Foredom flex shaft. A delightful improvement from my puttering dremel.

My forming table is topped with a dapping set, disc cutter, hammers/mallets, and the mother of all tools-my hydraulic press. This baby was made by my jeweler friend's brother. He welded the steel frame together and stuck a 20 ton jack in there. Works wonders!

And finally, my research and design area. This is where I begin all of my pieces, research them online and photograph them once they are finished. Notice the clean desk top. It doesn't look like that anymore! Once I got the entire studio organized and began working, the neatness dissolved into a pile of projects on every surface.


Catherine Chandler said...

That is an amazing studio! I also have a hydraulic studio is featured on the Etsy Metal blog :)

Alison said...

I know this is a really old post, but if you still check this I was wondering where you got the parts for your ventilation system? Thanks!

Jenny Saunder said...

great post sharing information related to foredom flexshaft