Living in Two Worlds #1: Adieu Az. / Winter 2013-14 Review

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 04-07-2014 11:18 PM 2713 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We’ll be leaving Az. on Friday to head back home to Vancouver Island for the summer. It really is like living two lives in two separate worlds. There are however some similarities and that’s a good thing. One is that I have well equipped (although quite differently) shops in both places now and can continue on with my puttering almost without interruption.

I was looking back at the past five months today and was pleased to see that I had actually accomplished a few things this year aside from just being mean to golf balls and hanging out in the sun. I thought I might share the reminiscences.

I finally, after owning this place for seven years, finished closing in my carport. The photos below show the progression. The first is my basic shop when we bought. It consisted of an open carport with a roll-up door and a $30 table saw. It got some of the original renovations done, believe it or not.

That just wasn’t going to cut it for me so the following year I started my love affair with ShopSmith, the small shop wonder. It needed a cabinet to spend the evenings and summer in so one wall of the carport got closed in with some cabinets, a bench and the said SS garage. At this point, and until this year, the other two walls of the garage / shop were decorative brick and air. This meant that the almost ever present wind had a quite clear shot at the shop and in the winter even in Az. that can be colder than I like.

So this year, before getting into other projects in the shop, I decided to get working on the shop and finally got it sheeted in.

I even added a new bench and built in my HF dust collector. You can see it in the second photo above in it’s original glory. This is so much more convenient.

Once the shop was cozy I got to building a new workbench, a few boxes and some new tools. I think it was a winter well spent and as I had a good time almost every day, I’m going to call it a success.

Here is what I have to show for my winter spent out of the B.C. rain and the Az. bars.

Thanks for looking in. I have to go and eat what ever is left in the fridge for dinner tonight. As you wind down your stay in either place the meals get …... interesting. :-)


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 11:32 PM

looks great paul, having the shop closed in is a real plus, i would agree with your assessment, it looks like a great accomplishment to me, now its off to friendship huh…how long does it take to get her in the water…, enjoy the ride home, tell the kids to behave.. no litter fights…lol..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 11:32 PM

Looks like a very good winter.

Are ya taking the hand tools and boxes back to Vancouver or leaving them in AZ?

-- - Terry

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 11:49 PM

Best of luck! It is always a awesome adventure in a different environment. It become monotonous working with same environment. Enjoy and keep in touch with LJ. I am still on following up LJ but just reading. God bless.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 04-07-2014 11:50 PM

All of your work you can be very proud of Paul ,excellent excellent work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 04-08-2014 12:10 AM

Nice shops!

-- Patrice lejeune

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#6 posted 04-08-2014 12:13 AM

Great looking work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 04-08-2014 12:42 AM

I know you can sleep good knowing your show is weatherproof and secure while waiting for your return next year. It is an accomplishment just as satisfying as any other project. You have proven that a ShopSmith is a very capable tool and that it is most certainly the operator that makes all the end results. Have a safe drive back…!

My son just left Vancouver after spending some time there working on the new Spiderman movie at Sony. He will be driving back to Los Angeles and is anxious to get home and leave the cold and rainy weather that he experienced and is looking forward to the smog and heat.

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#8 posted 04-08-2014 01:11 AM

Your shop looks great sheeted in and with all the new tools. Now do you need a air conditioner out there or does it stay cool enough during the day?

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#9 posted 04-08-2014 01:34 AM

Hey Paul, where’s the shot with the shop in a mess :: )), You are a very lucky man my friend, as we all know here on LJ’s these are not simply shops for show, it doesn’t seem to matter which Country you’re in you just keep turning out quality projects shared with all.
Question? are there some favourite tools that fall into the “I can’t manage with out this” category.
Safe journey back to the Endless summer
cheers Mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 04-08-2014 01:36 AM

Looks like a very productive winter. Nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 04-08-2014 02:33 AM

Thank you, Paul!

You really have Fun doing what you’re doing!

Thank you for sharing with us.

I like your 4’ bench… I think I’ll do it… one day…

Have a nice trip back home…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 04-08-2014 02:48 AM

Thanks folks,

Bob, Friendship takes a couple of weeks each spring to keep her young and beautiful for the summer. It only takes that long because the weather isn’t the best and you can’t always do what needs doing.

Terry, I’m taking the chart boxes and the toothing plane. I’m also taking Hock blades to make a set of the same planes back home.

Paul, it stays nice and cool during the months we are here.

Pete, my carving tools and my marquetry books (Ramond) travel with me both ways. As for the mess, this shop has to turn back into a garage every night so it never really gets as messy as a shop should. :-)

Thanks again.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 04-08-2014 03:29 AM

Paul, you have a super working area there in Green Valley I can just imagine what the Vancouver shop is like. Closing the carport will make it nice to work in all kinds of weather, But you don’t get much rain down in Az. we only had it on a Friday and Sat and we needed it a lot more It has been so dusty in the desert where we are!!

Nice going….................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 04-08-2014 03:48 AM


It’s obvious that you never sleep! You have MUCH to show for your time in AZ. We’re certain you’ll continue to complete even more fabulous projects now that the shop is enclosed.

Every time we’ve owned multiple homes, the tools we wanted were too often at the other house! (At least now that second house is less than an hour away.) We’re glad to see that you’ve got what you need, where you need it . . . or is that: what you want, where you want it?


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#15 posted 04-08-2014 04:20 AM

Sounds like you got a lot done! Safe travels…and I can’t wait for the blog on getting Friendship ready for sailing….

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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