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After a year of planning and hunting down buildings I purchased my first shop and moved it to my property. This is my first shop. It is 14 by 20. The plan was to acquire the shop first and slowly add tools, but I was presented with an opportunity to get free shipping on all my tools (shipping above the Arctic Circle is expensive). So I jumped at the chance and placed a huge order!
These pictures are from this past summer and I’ll post some new ones soon.
Putting together the shop was a great experience. I’m really quite proud of the shop and most importantly I enjoy my time in the shop.

more pictures of the shop…

-- grant

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 05:32 AM

It looks like you have a nice shop in which to work. I have always thought that a stand alone shop is the way to go. I have always wished mine were. I occasionally get yelled at if I run my planer before my wife is out of bed since my shop is located in our finished basement. :) And having windows in your shop is also a bonus in my book. I had rather work under as much natural light as possible. You shop also appears to be well organized.

You also have a nice set of tools to play with. I am sure it is a challenge to get tools shipped to your area so I can’t blame you for taking advantage of free shipping when you set up your shop. How about lumber? I assume that you have the same difficulty with getting lumber shipped in there as well.

Thanks for the picture. I enjoyed seeing your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 09:45 AM

Hey Arctic,
Sweet workshop and some fine toys to play with…nice job.

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 07:29 PM

Nice workshop.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-21-2010 07:51 PM


Nice space…thanks for the pic….

Terry NB Canada

-- Terry, Fredericton, NB Canada

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#5 posted 01-21-2010 08:04 PM

Wow! more power to ya. You just can’t get much farther North. Tell us more about what it’s like up there. Do you have to generate your own power? What are the winters like? More pictures would be great.

I’ll bet you have great hunting and fishing!

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#6 posted 01-22-2010 12:25 AM

Nice shop, thanks for the tour.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 11:56 PM

Hey, Arctic-
WAAAAAY too neat, at least in comparison to mine! I am interested in how you heat the place and what kind of building materials you used. The permafrost has to be 3 meters where you are- No?

-- John

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#8 posted 02-04-2010 01:20 AM

A fine looking shop and some great tools to boot.

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#9 posted 02-12-2010 01:35 AM

Nice work. I enjoyed the tour and I hope you enjoy every minute you spend there. Life is short so enjoy it.

-- If woodworking is a drug - I'm addicted.

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#10 posted 02-13-2010 10:59 AM

Welcome to Lj, great shop. any trees grow up there?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 02-17-2010 12:40 AM

thanks for all the comments! To answer a few of the questions – Inuvik is right on the tree line so we get mostly black spruce, birch and popular. Most of my wood working material I ship in from Alberta. I would like to start drying my own lumber at some point. The timber up here is pretty small, but I think it would be great to produce northern objects.
The winters are long, which is great for spending in a nice warm shop!

-- grant

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#12 posted 02-17-2010 02:44 AM

Great looking shop. What do you use for heat?

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#13 posted 02-17-2010 09:12 PM

Great pics. Nice shop. I gotta ask though, that last pic, is that a snow drift up against the outside of the window? Looks like you guys get cold like Texas gets hot during the summer…

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#14 posted 02-17-2010 09:18 PM

Very cool. Thanks for letting us stop by!

-- -- Neil

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