Of All The Shops I’ve Loved Before

Article - January 6, 2011

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus (and many others) once said “Nothing endures but change.” This seems to be the official motto for the Wood Whisperer shop. Many of you have followed our saga over the last few years as we improved and beefed up our big 1500 square foot shop, only to move out and set up a new smaller shop in my current 3-car garage. Want to relive the experience? Watch this!

Its been about a year and a half since we moved into our new home, and the old house has yet to sell. That fact, coupled with the passing of my grandmother, has led to more change. I don’t want to go into too much of our family’s personal details here, but the one positive side-effect of this change is the opportunity to move back into the old shop space. Frankly, I have to admit that I am pretty darn excited about it.

I plan on making some more upgrades to the space before I move back in, and I’ll take you all along for the ride. As you know, I’m pretty much an open book as far as my shop goes. So you can look forward to some cool articles and videos as I make plans and execute them. How’s a working 3D SketchUp model of the new shop space sound? We’re working on it!

Now this may be a little more “inside baseball” than you care to read, but I’d like to talk a little bit about another positive aspect to this move: my mental health. Running my own business and working from home has resulted in the degrading of some important personal boundaries. The problem? I never stop working! Anyone who has emailed me at 11 pm and received an immediate response knows exactly what I’m talking about. I am far too connected to my work, which is a common occurrence when running one’s own business. But when your business is the thing you happen to be most passionate about in life, and your shop is only a few steps away, you have a recipe for obsessive behavior (especially for a Type A personality). So having a shop that is now a short drive away will actually help me separate work life from home life, and that means a healthier state of mind for yours truly. It also means I’ll be out of Nicole’s hair more often, although she’ll never admit to being excited about that part!

The move will most likely take place in February/March after the Winter Guild Build. I am pretty good with planning so you probably won’t notice any interruption in content delivery on the site. But you’ll most likely see more Shop Journal posts keeping you up to speed with my progress.

The picture to the left shows the old garage as it looks today. Nothing but an empty room with some crap that we couldn’t shoehorn into the new house. Its a blank canvas once again and my mouth is watering with the anticipation of creating my new creative space. So I hope you’ll join me in celebrating this change. Wish me luck friends!

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