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Workshop by boxmaestro posted 06-29-2019 06:21 PM 2049 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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266 Shelburne Line Rd
Colrain, MA 01340
United States

Our shop is a 1931 timber frame barn, mostly chestnut, that we saved from destruction in 1987, extensively rebuilding and converting it into a shop and temporary residence. We insulated it—working from the outside out, put on new exterior siding, new roof, put in wiring and plumbing, reframed a staggered two story interior division, and generally prepared the 56 year old building for its next 100 years, housing people at work instead of cows and chickens. It’s 30’ x 40’, and we added a shed on one side for lumber storage, in back for cordwood, and a greenhouse on the south for vegetable starts and to help with winter heating. IN 2010 we had PV panels installed that produce about 80% of our power. Marilyn uses the upstairs we lived in for several years as her weaving and dying studio. The commute to the house we built in 1991-2 is about 100 feet, with consistently light traffic.

Been here now for over 30 years, and the shop is stuffed to the gills. I’m a bit embarrassed to post these photos, but, that’s my reality! Woodworking has been my sole livelihood since 1983, mostly small craft work, boxes and cutting boards.

-- alladd

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#1 posted 06-30-2019 02:31 AM

Nice, sounds great, looks great… Maybe some pics of the interior.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 07-01-2019 03:17 AM

yeah in intrigued,more pic.please!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 08-19-2019 02:19 AM

I love it! big Fan of Old “Reclaimed/Repurposed” Shops, especially the Wood Floor, I’ve had two Shops like that over the Years, both on Ranches in New Mexico, one was originally a Bunkhouse and the other a ‘Cake House” ( a Building they used to store Cattle Range Cubes) it was elevated off the Ground, same Height as a Pickup Bed with a Barn Sliding Door, the Ceiling was beadboard hand(blind) nailed with Square Nails, I wired it and “Lived” in it during the Winters in N.E. New Mexico, had a Wood Stove for Heat…..burned scrapwood.

-- "He who hath the most Jigs Wins!"

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