Exciting news for me to share today.... I've moved into my new workshop.
This is the part where you say, "New workshop? I don't remember hearing anything about a new workshop? Did I miss a blog post or tweet that would have prepared me for such exciting news? "
No, you didn't. I kept this one pretty well underwraps. In part because I've never been good at talking about things in progress but also because the domino of things that had to happen to get here was longer than I wanted to explain mid-stream. In a nutshell, byrd & belle out-grew our previous live/work space on Nicollet Island; it was no longer something that could be lived alongside. We needed a new situation and we found what seems to have been the perfect situation a little farther up river in northeast Minneapolis: a house with good bones, a big yard for our big dog and a new (but unfinished) space for byrd & belle.
Construction took 6 months of nights and weekends starting in January which is likely the least fun time to start a project in an unheated space in Minnesota. My brother Scott and my Dad were very generous with their time, their advice and their tools. I got to do things I'd drawn a million times when I used to work in architecture but hadn't actaully done (like electrical wiring... my inspector said I did a very good job for my first time). And there is still more to be done. I have plans to add more storage so I can bring in all my non-essential tools and materials but for now, I'm just happy to be here and I'm grateful to have had the oppurtunity to do this. I feel very connected the space and I suppose it feels appropriate that as a maker, I also made the space I work in.
Ok, I've got to get to work but follow me on twitter if you'd like to see more of the new space.