Some weeks ago, I left off reporting activities on the tiny home front, mid-excavation of some long-buried tools and treasures (see Tiny Art House Percolating, posted 9/30/2013), then took a posting sabbatical to get down and dirty with my re-discovered ‘toys’ before breaking from for Monday’s philosophical waxing (see Tiny Confession, posted 10/28/2013). After a brief interruption at the bench, I’m ready to resume production, and I am happy to report it’s going well.
My silversmithing bench emerged along with fragments of inspiration still intact and only slightly dusty. Presto change-o! The wee house transformed into the tiny live/work studio I often fantasized in my city apartment where my contraband mini-torch (generating a 3/8 inch flame, at best), hiding in the walk-in closet, would have horrified the landlords. Now, the Queen of my own wee domain, I am free to make choices and assume the risks most beneficial to my creative potential, sans guilt, with relish. I have been busy. Here’s the set-up:
I slid the bookcase toward the door, installed a set of antique sewing machine drawers on the end for aesthetic and additional stowage, employing the top as a small table for pickle pot and tool display. My small jeweler’s bench sits atop a stand I had borrowed to support my dining room table, and is just big enough for a soldering block, flux bottle, a few tweezers and files, with a bench pen and filings drawer. Hammers, saw frame, striker and torch all hang from nails on the sides of the bench. Propane and oxygen tanks nestle just under the bookcase table. Flex shaft hangs from the light fixture, affixed to the wall—ok for now, though it could use some ergonomic optimization.
The only disadvantage, aside from the loss of my dining table, is that a few tools—i.e. my belt sander—are less tiny house friendly. But, then, it’s only a couple hundred feet to the boat shop, where these things are readily accessible when the need arises. At some point, I'll build the fold-away table I’ve been contemplating… For now, back to the bench!
What CAN'T one do in a tiny house?
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Much of the last month was spent working through technical difficulties—flame size, where to focus heat for optimal solder flow, cleaning and finishing. Gradually glitches succumbed to completed works—two, handcrafted rings and growing selection of copper, silver and brass thumbtacks, affectionately dubbed “tacky” art. One set already sold, which brings me to my next venture: my tiny art shop is presently under construction, just in time for the holidays. Stay tuned for la petite grande opening, coming soon.
Thanks to all of who’ve shared in this year of tiny adventure. I've enjoyed your company.