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bordertownbrown - Posted - 10/16/2011:  07:04:31



We have spent the last five weeks in Sedona at our new home where we should be settled by the end of the year. I have spent most of my time this trip creating a new space for my workshop by enclosing an existing carport. To date I have spent a total of twenty one days working on this project doing the framing, drywall, paint and trim by myself but had a helper for three days to hang sheeting, siding, windows and doors with my wife helping with the drywall and hauling materials. We hired an electrician to do the wiring and a guy to do the tile which should be done tomorrow before we drive back to Laredo.



The new space is 400 square feet about the same area as I have in Texas with an  adjacent room about 200 square feet which will be used for my office/ assembly and storage area. I also plan on constructing another small building to house some of the heavier equipment but this space will have to do for the time being.



Here are some pictures to show the progress.



 












   

yopasjim - Posted - 10/16/2011:  07:10:47



Wow!  Looks great!


banjerpicker47 - Posted - 10/16/2011:  07:30:39


That is a beautiful area...I spent 11 years back in the 70s living in Az, and now have a retirement home in Mesa...Sedona with the red rocks is a beautiful area...good luck on your new endeavor !! BTW, the workshop looks great too !!

Helix - Posted - 10/16/2011:  07:34:44


oH gREAT!! Now you can come and play at fiddlersdream.org, workshops and great banjos. We are very lucky indeed, There goes the freakin' neighborhood, soften 'em up with the ukeleles then hit 'em with the banjos.

I look forward to seeing how a real pro does it, it snows up there, you know.

( ))===='=== ::}

Waltj - Posted - 10/16/2011:  08:47:07


It looks great. There is nothing like a nice workspace. Enjoy

Walt

bricklifter - Posted - 10/16/2011:  09:44:37



envy!!!!!



do you worry about the tile's effect on feet, legs and back?



 



chris


BNJOMAKR - Posted - 10/16/2011:  10:39:31



I bet you are itchin' to get it done and to get back banjo building!


kmwaters - Posted - 10/16/2011:  11:31:12



Post your contact info if you are going to offer banjo services of any kind to the public.  Arizona pickers would love another excuse to go up there anyway!!  Thanks.


bordertownbrown - Posted - 10/16/2011:  15:08:34



quote:


Originally posted by yopasjim




Wow!  Looks great!



Thanks for the compliment, it has been a lot of work.






 


bordertownbrown - Posted - 10/16/2011:  15:12:28



quote:


Originally posted by banjerpicker47




That is a beautiful area...I spent 11 years back in the 70s living in Az, and now have a retirement home in Mesa...Sedona with the red rocks is a beautiful area...good luck on your new endeavor !! BTW, the workshop looks great too !!



I love the red rocks, here is a view of Thunder Mountain from the east window where my workbench will be located.  






 




   

bordertownbrown - Posted - 10/16/2011:  15:15:52



quote:


Originally posted by Helix




oH gREAT!! Now you can come and play at fiddlersdream.org, workshops and great banjos. We are very lucky indeed, There goes the freakin' neighborhood, soften 'em up with the ukeleles then hit 'em with the banjos.



I look forward to seeing how a real pro does it, it snows up there, you know.



( ))===='=== ::}



Helix, Can't wait to come to fiddler's dream, also look forward to our next meeting. Hope you can come up for a visit soon after we are settled, we'll be in touch.






 


bordertownbrown - Posted - 10/16/2011:  15:22:16



quote:


Originally posted by Waltj




It looks great. There is nothing like a nice workspace. Enjoy



Walt



 



Walt, Thank you, I built my first wood working shop in 1987, seemed like it took about twenty years to finish it off, my second in Texas took several months to modify an old garage, this one only took about four weeks but it's the best yet. The first one was so much work that I swore I would never do it again.






 


bordertownbrown - Posted - 10/16/2011:  15:27:58



quote:


Originally posted by bricklifter




envy!!!!!



do you worry about the tile's effect on feet, legs and back?



 



chris



 Chris, Nothing like a wood floor for a workshop but tile is quick and cheap. If I'm standing in one place for long I use floor mats and don't have much trouble with feet, bnack or legs. The worst thing about a hard floor is dropping a good tool like a chisel or square on it.






 


bordertownbrown - Posted - 10/16/2011:  15:39:11



quote:


Originally posted by BNJOMAKR




I bet you are itchin' to get it done and to get back banjo building!



 



Marvin, You got that right, this has been a tough year and I am anxious to concentrate on banjo building soon as we get settled. Last time in Laredo I made 40 rim blanks and 20 some neck blanks, also have banjos in the works but will not be able to complete anything this year.






 


bordertownbrown - Posted - 10/16/2011:  15:42:05



quote:


Originally posted by kmwaters




Post your contact info if you are going to offer banjo services of any kind to the public.  Arizona pickers would love another excuse to go up there anyway!!  Thanks.



 



Should be settled here by the years end, yo can contact me via my web site bordertownbrown.com



Thanks, Richard Brown






 


rudy - Posted - 10/16/2011:  18:49:57



Nice digs, Richard.  Keep yer banjos away from vortex sites and pink jeeps!



 



 


bordertownbrown - Posted - 10/17/2011:  14:34:47



quote:


Originally posted by rudy




Nice digs, Richard.  Keep yer banjos away from vortex sites and pink jeeps!



 



 






 Thanks Randy, sounds like you've been here!


Prof - Posted - 10/17/2011:  17:17:57


Can I have your old workshop???

rudy - Posted - 10/17/2011:  17:40:47



quote:


Originally posted by bordertownbrown



quote:


Originally posted by rudy



Nice digs, Richard.  Keep yer banjos away from vortex sites and pink jeeps! 



 Thanks Randy, sounds like you've been here!






 My daughter lived in Flag, so we trekked down to Sedona to take in some stream wading and tool around town a bit.  Nice area, but the view is better from the top of the 'cisco peaks!  I'm a bit of an astronomy buff, so the Lowell Observatory was a high point for me.


Darrick - Posted - 10/17/2011:  17:58:21



Looks very nice.


Shimdog - Posted - 10/18/2011:  11:01:20



Congrats, Richard.  The shop looks great.  Sedona has become a home away from home for my wife and me in many respects.  We hope to move out there in future.  Just don't pin me down on timing!  It is great to hear a fellow musician has moved into northern AZ as I have found very few in the area unfortunately.  I'll look forward to meeting you and seeing that shop one day.  



Paul


bvh - Posted - 10/21/2011:  04:08:46



Hey Richard...........looks like you are as good, at building design and construction, as you are at building banjos. Your shop looks like a nice, bright place, to work. By the way, a guy emailed me from Maine, and wanted one of my banjos. He picked the Mesquite and Texas Ebony neck. It's getting cold and rainy here in Ohio , so I'm back in the shop.



 



Bill



 



 



 



 



 


BanjoBach - Posted - 10/21/2011:  05:14:30


I wish I had a workshop half as nice as your Richard! Great work and well done.

bordertownbrown - Posted - 10/23/2011:  10:12:48



quote:


Originally posted by Prof




Can I have your old workshop???






 It's for sale!


bordertownbrown - Posted - 10/23/2011:  10:17:22



quote:


Originally posted by bvh




Hey Richard...........looks like you are as good, at building design and construction, as you are at building banjos. Your shop looks like a nice, bright place, to work. By the way, a guy emailed me from Maine, and wanted one of my banjos. He picked the Mesquite and Texas Ebony neck. It's getting cold and rainy here in Ohio , so I'm back in the shop.



 



Bill



 



Thanks Bill, I do love designing and building most anything, always start with a drawing and go from there.



Hope to see some pictures of that banjo when it's done, let me know how you like working with the mesquite and Texas ebony. 



 



 



 



 






 


bordertownbrown - Posted - 01/07/2012:  12:57:12




It has been about three months since this project, back in Laredo several banjos were completed, lumber converted to rims and neck blanks and packed for the eventual move to Sedona. The moving van arrives here on the 17th of January and we will be making the 1,200 mile drive for the third time in six months but this time it will only be one way.



Both my wife Lynda and myself are very excited about the move after spending six years on the Mexican border. We moved about half of our stuff earlier this year and sold quite a few items from the house. Our home in Laredo is 2,700 square feet plus my 800 square foot workshop and a cabana with storage area. Our new home totals only 1,700 square feet of which about 600 is my work space.



I have spent all of the last week breaking down and packing up materials and equipment for safe travel, this has already taken longer than I thought and I'm not yet done. It's amazing what all your stuff looks like when you try to put it all in one pile, "looks like way too much" The stuff in the burn pile would bring tears to someone's eyes!



Here are a couple of pictures of the progress, in the picture of me I'm holding the last banjo ( #034) completed in Laredo, TX. 




 







bohemian - Posted - 01/07/2012:  17:45:01


Shop looks great, best of luck in your new digs.

bordertownbrown - Posted - 01/08/2012:  09:05:15



Bohemian, Thanks for your good wishes!



Still packing both the house and shop, only nine days to go before our move, certain that this time will go fast.



" Just can't wait to get on the road again", seems like that's the only time we're not working.


bordertownbrown - Posted - 02/05/2012:  10:33:52



We finally moved to Sedona, AZ two weeks ago. The last month has been a whole lot of work getting rid of things, packing, unpacking and moving things around but we are getting settled. Still working at setting up my shop but it is coming along, can't wait to get back to building banjos!



I didn't take any pictures of the new shop in Az untill most of the boxes were emptied and haven't taken any photos in the last several days so I am a little further along than the pictures show.



The first picture shows the empty workshop in Laredo, next few are loading the truck then the truck backing up the driveway in Sedona and the cluttered workspace.



 











Dave1climber - Posted - 03/13/2012:  16:48:57



Are you back to building banjo's?



Dave


Dean-O-Craft - Posted - 03/14/2012:  06:11:19


That shop looks killer. I would love a tour someday. It's a shame you hid all the "top secret" banjo building jigs before taking the pictures...

Very nice work!
Dean

bordertownbrown - Posted - 03/14/2012:  06:38:21




Hi Dave, Yes I am finally back to building banjos.



I wanted to have my workshop completely set up before I started building again and that has been a whole lot of work. My goal was to create and maintain a well organized and dust free work space which involved much planning for storage, equipment placement and dust collection design. I now have duct work to each stationary machine with a couple of extra hookups for my jointer, planer and surface sander which are all on wheels. I also bought a remote switch for the dust collector which saves a lot of time and installed an air filtration system that hangs from the ceiling over the table saw which should remove most of the fine dust.



The work space is 400 square feet with an additional 200 square foot office space about the same as the shop in Laredo but with a much better lay out and great natural light and views. 



Here are some pictures I took yesterday of the shop.



Still have lots to do, one of my next projects is to redo my website which is way out of date.  I have already created a new logo for it which I am pretty excited about.



Richard



 









   

bordertownbrown - Posted - 03/14/2012:  07:09:35



quote:


Originally posted by Dean-O-Craft




That shop looks killer. I would love a tour someday. It's a shame you hid all the "top secret" banjo building jigs before taking the pictures...



Very nice work!

Dean






 Thanks Dean,



You're welcome to visit any time, just let me know when you are coming so I can hide all the "top secret stuff"!



Here are a few more pictures, some of my office which I share with the furnace. I hung an old bifold door which was removed from a closet in the house to hide the front of the furnace.








   

Dave1climber - Posted - 03/14/2012:  12:34:39



I must admit to a serious case of "shop envy', maybe some day mine will be as nice as yours.


thefolkshop - Posted - 03/21/2012:  16:06:53



quote:


Originally posted by BanjoBach




I wish I had a workshop half as nice as your Richard! Great work and well done.






I wish I had a house half as nice as your workshop!


Helix - Posted - 03/22/2012:  04:49:10



Wait till he has an open house, we can go up together, then when he's not lookin' , we'll leave him 2 more banjos. It's the Arizona light, makes things happier.



Edited by - Helix on 03/22/2012 04:51:45



Rabbit Tails to You Until We Meat Again


uncle.fogey - Posted - 03/22/2012:  05:26:01



Very cool, Richard!



Are you still going to have the Texas ebony in Arizona?


bordertownbrown - Posted - 03/22/2012:  08:48:06



quote:


Originally posted by Helix




Wait till he has an open house, we can go up together, then when he's not lookin' , we'll leave him 2 more banjos. It's the Arizona light, makes things happier.






 Larry, I was thinking about having an open house, need to find out who's interested and send out some invites.



Anyone interested in coming to Sedona for an open house party, visit my shop and play some music? Please contact me and I'll put you on the list.



Richard





Ken,



Yes I still have Texas ebony, probably all I will ever need and just a little more.


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