Most of the buildings at our new premises are in need of fairly extensive works before we’ll start using them but I’m looking to gain the benefits of a new hand tool workshop straight away. Since we set up our filming room earlier this year we’ve had new neighbours on the industrial estate who’ve brought with them a lot of new noise. This has made it awkward to get on with any videos so I’m eager to get set up on our more peaceful new site.
Fortunately the building that’s in the best nick will be ideal for this. It’s a former stable and it’s going to be a very generous space for hand tool work which will benefit the videos no end. I’ll likely bring along my Little John workbench and will also have space for a longer bench if I find time to knock one up (possible video build?). As far as filming goes the space will allow us to stand the cameras from a better range of angles and set up some more professional lighting and sound absorption. Best of all though there’ll be far less distracting noise and having this more dedicated, separate space means we’ll be able to make videos more often.
The stable is solid but far from a perfect condition. One day it will have a full refurb with the roof off and the lot but since it’s part of a longer stretch of buildings we don’t want to do too much in isolation. With a few temporary improvements, addressing any leaks and the installation of a nice stove for warmth this should soon work well for what I need.
The fun yet daunting part of this workshop is that for the most part I have to set up from scratch. With most of my existing tools required where they are for bench building I’m going to have to think about new additions. I’ll start by bringing together the most basic of tool kits and will let you know whether I’m opting to buy these new, refurb old ones or even make them myself as I feel each tool lends itself to a particular option.
I’ll be keeping you updated with every step of this workshop and it should come together to form a nice series on setting up from scratch. I’m going to start by measuring up and weighing up the defects this afternoon – I’ll report my findings.