It's a brand new year and we're starting it with a brand new project! Or lots of projects - if we're being completely honest! The main project though, is the studio workshop which is coming along fantastically. Kate finished the painting in there this morning so we thought what better time than now to share some photos with you?
The property we bought here in France used to be a Pig Farm and the building that the studio workshop is going to be in started off with lots of concrete livestock pens. Sledgehammers aside, these needed to be demolished somewhat carefully as Kate needed the slabs for raised beds in the poly tunnel.
Once the majority of the useable concrete was removed from the piggery, the ceiling was the next thing to come down. So it was on with the protective gear and some more work with the sledgehammer! Removing the ceiling exposed some really lovely A-Frames that will become a nice feature once the work is all done.
With the ceiling removed and clean up done, the next job was the planning out of the space. The new area will include a forge and anvil, a new work bench, the welder and plasma cutter will move up and we'll need lots of room for displaying work. I started building wooden framework for a bench area as well as putting up some batons for the display wall.
Next came the painting. The weather hasn't exactly been warm here over the past few weeks, so painting outside hasn't been the most thrilling of jobs! It has made an amazing difference in there though, so we're really pleased. Seeing progress on the building has fuelled the fire a bit and there are all kinds of exciting ideas being bounced around now about how best to use the space and feature the artwork.
Other things that have been happening since my last post include - a new stand for the Perched Bird, some progress on the Swooping Bird and I've started working on some plans for what to do with the dragon head! There is also for the first time since I started making metal art an actual level of stock here at the workshop. Now when people ask me if they can visit and look at examples of my work, I can actually answer 'Yes!'
I'll leave you now with a sneak peek at the next Bird and a reminder that if you want to keep up to date with all of my latest build threads, be sure to follow me on Instagram or give us a like over on the Facebook Page.