This month has been a bit of a scramble. In order to get power we had to have the shop wired, dig a trench from the transformer, have the power company come out to run the wires, fill in the trench, insulate the shop's walls and ceiling, and finally cover up the insulation with real, painted walls and a ceiling. Getting all of that done before the holidays, in addition to all that holiday gifting and mailing stuff and our standard farm-caretaker stuff, has left us with less spare time than usual. Hence our sparse blogging lately. Sorry about that.
The real kicker though, was our choice for a ceiling material. I went searching for a good material at the salvage yards in Seattle, hoping something would jump out at me. At Earthwise I found a large stack of corrugated metal which had been taken off of someone's car port. Thinking it would make for an interesting aesthetic choice, and finding the price more than reasonable, I bought the whole stack. There were four different colors, but they seemed to work well together. As it turns out, corrugated metal is a horrible material choice for a ceiling. It is absolutely unforgiving in regards to corners and any deviation from squareness, and is a VERY cumbersome and heavy material for two people to be maneuvering up and down ladders.
Our shoulders hurt. Our necks hurts. Our arms and legs are a little sore too. Lesson learned. And no, we're not done. We got enough up for our electrician to come out, but there's another couple of hours of work left. It will look pretty cool when it's done, but it was certainly not the smartest way to go about things.
All that said, we still have power! Things are trucking along! After new years we'll be ready for our final inspection on the shop, and from there we get to start building catch tables and shelves and storage spaces for all of our tools. I can't wait! An organized wood shop is going to revolutionize life at Mellish Fields West! To get an idea of how we feel about it, crank this up and imagine us dancing around to it in an insulated, electrified, walled and ceilinged shop: