The movers have come and gone and left us a huge beautiful mess of boxes and equipment. I say “beautiful mess,” because it feels so good to have all of this stuff out of my house and into space that seems custom made for what we need. All of the glass, equipment, supplies, and fixtures have arrived safely and have been messily piled up along the walls and in the corners of our new space. We’ve just begun the unpacking and arranging process, which has seemed to be continually interrupted by services being hooked up this past week. We still have Internet and phone to go, but the remainder of the services are now handled.
We’re still tweaking the layout a bit as well, with the exception of the kiln room. That is the room at the very back of the photo and is the only space that isn’t a mess at the moment. You can just make out the medium sized blue kiln in the photo. We need to run a new 220 electrical service for the largest kiln, but the smaller two are already set up and good to go.
We’re also trying to figure out the best location for the new sandblaster that arrived a few days after the closing. It’s the very large grey box to the rear left in the photo. We’re debating whether we should move it into the kiln room or leave it where it is. There are pros and cons to both locations, so we’ll just leave it alone until we make the final call.
The torch station hasn’t moved from my home yet, since we haven’t had time to run the natural gas line to where the torch will be. We’ll also have to punch through the wall so that we can store the oxygen outside of the studio and just run the supply line inside to the torch. By leaving that equipment at home, I can still do some torch working until all of the setup work has been completed and we’re ready to go. It leaves a small mess in my unused spare bedroom, but since no one is likely to occupy it for the foreseeable future, it makes no real difference to me.
All in all, it’s a good start and it will probably be at least a week, if not two, before we’ve gotten rid of the rest of the mess and are ready for company. Keep your fingers crossed for us!
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