My unusually small workshop

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Blog entry by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 02-23-2009 10:15 PM 7566 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

By Dilo Marcio Fernandino
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

My first workshop was the kitchen of my rented apartment. I purchased
a small carving bench (23” x 23” top) and sharpened my few old
chisels. My first adult-age project was a double bed with matching
side tables. A few years later we moved into our own apartment where
my wife granted me the exclusive use of a 7 ft x 6 ft service closet
where I have now been working for over 30 years. Despite its lack of
elbow room and my wife’s prohibition against dust and noise, this
space became my “paradise” where I have managed to build a few very
nice pieces.

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-- Dilo

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 10:25 PM

“A few very nice pieces” has to be the understatement of all times!!

For any Lumberjock who has enjoyed viewing Dilo’s work, this is a MUST read!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 11:13 PM

Most inspiring!

reminds me of my grandfather’s shop that was basically a room adjacent to the dining room and had 1 workbench in it.

Thank you for sharing this one. it’s a Gem.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 11:17 PM

An inspiration! No limits accepted.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 02-24-2009 12:04 AM

What a great article you’ve written , you are an inpiration to us all, at least to me, and I am sure to others, who appreciate the effort and skill of your work. Beautiful art you do.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 02-24-2009 12:10 AM

amazing story!
amazing work

You are an inspiration.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 02-24-2009 01:30 AM

Dilo, I want to personally thank you for your story. You are an inspiration to us all.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 02-24-2009 02:06 AM

Wow, what a story and such beautiful work. Amazing how someone can use such a small space to create work like that. I’m going to quit complaining about my small shop.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#8 posted 02-24-2009 03:08 AM

Dilo, I loved the story and your work is outstanding. You sir, may be self taught, are anything but an amateur. Your carving is the best I have ever seen, you are an inspiration to us all.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#9 posted 02-24-2009 05:46 AM

Dilo, thanks for sharing that with us and giving us all a higher level of craftsmanship to aspire to and for making me realize I should not complain about the small size of my basement workshop.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#10 posted 02-24-2009 04:25 PM

Wow! That’s amazing. I thought my workshop was small…and your work is astounding!

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#11 posted 02-24-2009 09:35 PM

Dilo, I happened to be near the computer and caught this piece. Since I have just been down-sized to almost no shop, you inspire me to find room and place. If you are an amateur, then I am a first cousin to a walrus. You have produced some of the most fantastic pieces on display on Lumber Jocks or anywhere else. I would like to see what you would produce if you had more room. Amazing!!!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 02-24-2009 10:41 PM

Truly amazing craftsmanship and in a most restricting space.
I don’t know how you do it but I understand why you must.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 02-25-2009 01:36 PM

(( am hopeful that we don’t lose Thos.’ work!!)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#14 posted 02-25-2009 01:50 PM

Very good inspiration. My first “workshop” when I was in my own place was the utility closet next to the furnace/water heater. I had a small desk that barely fit in there and I used my tool box as the seat. I didn’t do anything like that wonderful work . . . wow! But as they say—it’s not the where, or the what, it’s the will.

-- Bradley Miller, Blue Springs, MO -

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