Ever since I saw Roy Underhill trek through the woods toward his Workshop with his tool tote in hand, I’ve had an urge to set up an outdoor workspace in a remote location. Well, I’ve found the spot, and while it’s not all that remote, it is somewhat secluded. It’s located behind my workplace in a little triangle of “wilderness” between a road, and a minimum security prison.
I began clearing a space and then went off in search of building materials.
I knew of an old pile of seasoned pine logs/branches near the spot, so I made the short walk to see what I could score. These were dumped here almost a year ago when they chopped some pine trees down nearby. There were more than I remember! The prison dumps their wood into this ravine when they need to take trees out. It just rots here as I’ve learned over the past few years. There are also 1/2 a dozen GIANT 30” diameter eucalyptus logs about 15’ long piled up, but theres no way I can do anything with those!
I pulled out the thickest / straighest ones. This is not my shoe, but an adult size shoe (size 9, 10?) laying nearby I threw in for scale.
Its SO hot out lately, so I only brought back one small log for now.
I brought in some more misc. scrap building material too. I’m thinking I should do a floor of some sort to provide a good stable surface for the workbench. Or dig post holes…
I grabbed my hatchet today and started hand hewing one of the smaller logs. This is fun! But I need to devise some shade or I’m gonna melt out here. 96 today here in Orange County, CA.
Stay tuned for more updates as I play in the dirt with sticks. Gosh, guess I never did grow up, huh! lol
-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram