The New Workshop – Oct. 5. 2014

So … I’ve been a little out of touch over the last few months since my return to Seattle. I basically caught my breath and hit the ground running.

I had a beautiful glimpse of the closing summer, hiking every chance I got, having a birthday (the big 29 – good lord I feel old), a visit from my dear friend Reg (who helped with the Harmon Estate and stayed behind!), tried a bit of antique faucet restoration, and worked for the Seattle Art Museum on one of their pieces featured in their current exhibition Pop Departures.

Meanwhile, I was also renovating my new workshop space… It has been quite the challenge, but very well worth it. I am so much looking forward to having the shop set up. I owe a huge debt of thanks to all of my friends and family who generously volunteered their time to help me.

Here are some photos from the summer:

The new space – as it was in the beginning….




There have been many alterations… including some demolition…adding a window for light, removing carpet/linoleum, painting, plumbing, putting in wood flooring, moulding, trim, a dyed and polished concrete floor….

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Tomorrow is the start of the official move in! I worked all weekend getting the shop as ready as possible. So here it is… complete with a chalk board wall, and player piano music roll trim.

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So tomorrow is going to be a long day. Wish me luck!

Here are some photos from summer hikes and the birthday.

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16 thoughts on “The New Workshop – Oct. 5. 2014

  1. The new workshop space looks great! Wish I could have been there to help.

    Looking forward to seeing it after all the machines are in!

    Wow, the photos from your hike are gorgeous! You sure live in a beautiful part of the country.


    1. Thanks Daniel! I look forward to having you here! Some day when you’re not across the pond!

      We’ll have to go hiking too!

    1. Thanks David – you were a huge help loading it! Things are finally unloaded and in the shop – Penske truck with a lift gate did the trick!!

  2. Dearest Brittany, So happy to see the before/after pictures….WHAT A CHANGE. I know you described this all to us, but “a picture is worth a thousand words” and YOU DONE GREAT. Can hardly wait to see it when you get all your “stuff'” moved in. Lv. Grandma and Grandpa

    1. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa! Photos will come soon – things are still in disarray – but I’m hoping by the end of the month things will start to shape up.

  3. Brittany–
    Lookin good! Shop warming party coming up……:-). Love the piano rolls!

    Wishing you all the best, Tom–

    1. Thanks Tom – yes indeed – a small shop warming is in order. The piano rolls are certainly one of my favourite details!

  4. Happy Belated Birthday!

    Don’t worry too much about the big 29, there are many more milestones to come!
    Like with everything else… when worrying about age, it is best to pace oneself! 🙂

    1. Thank you! It was a good birthday and I suppose you’re right – I have a lot to look forward to. I don’t want to get there too quickly!

  5. Britt,

    You, Tom and friends (plus a few contractors??) have done a lot of work on the new shop…..looks great!! Lv, Dad

    1. Thanks Dad! Yes – lots and lots of work. One contractor for the concrete because it was a job that I felt best done by a professional. I have a grade 1 slab – so my concrete has to “breathe”… but also be sealed.. quite a lot to ask for something durable too…

  6. Hi Brittany, I hope your new work shop goes well, and happy belated birthday. Regards. Astol x😎

    1. Thank you Astol! The shop is certainly going – still so much to do – but I’m hopeful it will be presentable by the end of the month – at least for blog photos.

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