Clean, Clean, Clean

The side of my workbench you don't see in all those "In Process" posts
The side of my workbench you don’t see in all those “In Process” posts

Right now I feel like I have a ton of ideas that I want to start working on in the studio. Wall pieces, bowls, all kinds of things. But I can’t right now. I purposely took one of my workstations and all of my vises to the PA Guild in preparation for my Fold Forming workshop this weekend.

Why? you ask.

I needed them there anyway and it will save me time Saturday morning, but I also thought that it would motivate me to do something I’ve been putting off for far too long – cleaning my studio.

My sweeps drawer
My sweeps drawer

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I know I’ve talked about going in there and cleaning, but it seems I just keep pushing it aside and just cleaning enough to work on my next project. But now it’s time. I have to just jump in there and start. I’ve run out of room on two of my workbenches and I just have to get myself to do it. We’ve all been here before. So I ‘ll just have to soldier on and do what I know is right. Wish me luck, I’ll need it.

A Glance at my Workspace

I needed a studio shot for the Chasing Over Air article set to be in the July issue of Art Jewelry Magazine, so I decided to share it with all of you here on Hammermarks as well.

wendy edsall kerwin studio
My studio as of last week.

I actually cleaned it up a little. (In case you’re wondering, I got on top of a step ladder to get this shot.)

Are You Building an Ark in There?

Up-and-over garage door.
What's behind your closed doors? Image via Wikipedia

Yes, the title of the post is a quote from one of my neighbors.  I’m sure that what I’m up to in the garage (my studio) is strange and unusual to the people who live around me.  I don’t go around shouting throughout the neighborhood that I’m a jeweler, so only some of the neighbors know what I’m up to.

When I’m walking the dog around in the evening, I sometimes hear the sounds of hammers, saw, and other tools emanating from other people’s garages.  I’ve seen inside a couple of them (from the street) and know that at least two of the houses in my neighborhood have secret woodshops and one has a whole car repair bay (including a lift.)  I wonder what they think is going on in my studio.  The garage doors are insulated, so I don’t ever open them and no one gets a tantalizing glimpse into my secret world.

I kind of like being a mystery.  “What’s going on in there?”  “Are they building something illegal?”  “Why is it so noisy?”  It’s fun to keep them guessing.  Of course, if they only asked, I would tell them!

What do your neighbors think is going on in your private sanctum?  What is your garage like?  A man cave, studio space, or simply a place to keep your car?  Leave a comment and let us know.