My Creative Workspace #1: Creating my creative work space

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Blog entry by Paul Sellers posted 05-19-2011 11:38 PM 1774 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ever thought about where you work? I mean, the space you occupy is your place of occupation and it’s more important then that you customise it to suit your personal needs. Even shared space necessitates that you create a working environment within the greater whole: a place of functionality if you will, that allows the placement of all things so that the positioning affords optimal accessibility.

This is my personal work area at Penrhyn Castle workshop where we have the woodworking courses. I have another workshop in my garage at home where I have a different set up, but have replicated the same tool choices so that I can work in both places.

Creativity involves the place you work. I am often inspired from just seeing the tools and the wood in their rightful place. Every workshop I’ve worked in has quickly evolved into a workplace that carried within its walls an essential sense of belonging. Those who have never had a workshop or developed it will never truly understand the value and impact this has on the work you do. I’m often dismayed when woodworkers create a sterile artificial environs that look more like kitchens than woodworking workshops. Real always works best and it has nothing to to do with ideal size but working with what you have.

A workshop should of course feel as comfortable as possible to work in; good light, tidy, tools to hand, wood in its place and all of this surrounding the central hub of a solid workbench. A craftsman’s ‘space’ reflects who he is and of course what he produces, so watch out for my next article on Creating My Workspace.

-- Paul Sellers, UK

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#1 posted 05-20-2011 05:25 AM

Very true. I try so hard to keep my area tidy but it’s hard to hide that there is always work being done.

Your shop evolves around you and your growth. You cannot help but leave your fingerprint on the place you work. Visiting someone else shop is a bit like taking a tour through someone else mind, and I like what I see here.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 05-20-2011 04:32 PM

Absolutely, I have literally made my shop a very efficient and organized woodworking and crafting “fantasy land” of branches on the ceilings, old half made faces and metal sculptures peaking out from behind wood that i have been collecting for use and for just being pretty. Kids love my space and everyone who comes to work finds it, comfortable and exciting to find things … even after weeks of hanging out with me they suddenly notice something they didn’t know was there. My studio is me.. 100% me, and if you like it, then you can like me. And just like me.. if you lose your focus or abuse it… it will hurt ya. LOL Being a carpenter’s kid, generations of home builders, i can build out any space in a few hours… shelves, rolling cabinets, etc.. not very pretty, but efficient enough to house all the more interesting and inspiring “stuff” I have collected over the years. I think I need to update my Workshop page.. :) Thanks for sharing yours, Paul!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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