I am fortunate to have two more than adequate work spaces. My home shop is one side of a two car garage. Most of the photos you see here or in articles I have written, this is where I am working. The space has good light and is close to the family. Other than the concrete floor and having to share the area with Sadie the Basset Hound who is a bit odoriferous in the summer, it’s great. This is my primary work space.
I own a automotive body shop and have a small area for woodworking there too, when time permits. In separate part of the same building I have a machine room for processing stock. The shop is climate controlled, in addition to the woodworking stuff there is also welders and metal fab equipment. For the most part, there is space when needed and most any tool or equipment for anything I can dream up to make. One thing the shop is not is a good back drop for photos with wrecked cars in the background.
Both places are great for what I do. I have made-do in some pretty bad places in the past or to lack of a place to work at all. It makes me appreciative of what I have now. Someday I may build a dedicated woodworking space but I really don’t need any more than I have presently.
Last year I had a photo shoot building a project for a magazine I had not previously worked with. They were sending someone to take the photos of the build instead of me doing it myself. I was a little apprehensive about it. Not because of the project, could build that in my sleep. It was because I don’t have a picturesque shop. I was afraid they would think less of me or think less of me as a woodworker (or maybe Sadie’s stink would be too much!). After some thought on the subject I decided I didn’t matter. If it did, I did not want to be a part of deal anyway. In the end all went well and the shoot was great.
It did get me to thinking, I realized that I am the magic (Not trying to float my own boat here, bear with me). The most beautiful, well equipped, inspiring work space is nothing without the person or persons that occupy it. It is just a structure, empty space, inanimate. The space can make nothing.
Great things can happen in not so great places. Stephen King wrote his first two best selling novels in a laundry room. Albert Einstein had some of his best ideas staring out the window of a patent clerks office. Abe Lincoln spent a lot of years following a mules ass before going on to better things.
It is not the place you work; it’s you. Dream of something and make it, wherever you are. You are the magic.