So much is happening very quickly around here. We're really excited about all of the changes. Along with our new website, today marks the first blog post ever for The Potter & Woodsmith! ( I hope we don't bore you too much! ) Also, last Monday marked the first day of an awesome ( and much needed ) studio renovation. I thought it would be fun to share with everyone the transformation as it unfolds. When we started P&W we really started from scratch. Our "studio" was our unheated garage. The winter months were almost unbearable in there. Not to mention the trouble I had with cracking and freezing orders. The good news? Last Monday, the garage door came down.
What will be put in it's place? We decided on a brand new private entrance and window with space for a pellet stove. It will keep us nice and toasty this winter! Needless to say, I'm pretty excited. Steve and I have been slowly renovating our 1900's home since we bought it 3 years ago. Luckily, along with his part-time gig as my Woodsmith in residence, Steve is also an Engineer who is also great at frame to finish construction. Actually, I'm starting to wonder if there is any project I can throw at him that he can't accomplish. So far, he's done an awesome job on everything! He has been working hard all week to get the new exterior of our studio done before the really cold NYS weather hits.
By last Wednesday, he had the new door, window and rough in done despite the difficultly of our crooked old farmhouse walls. At the end of Tuesday night, we realized that we would have to temporarily block the new entrance with some spare Tyvek and hope it didn't rain. The new, and perfectly square door was going to need a lot more finessing into our crooked old house before we could install it securely.
By Wednesday night, the door was installed and painted. I even hung a fall wreath on the door. Steve can barely get walls up before I start decorating them. I just can't help myself. That ugly piece of plywood is about to be hidden forever with stone. Wait until you see the stone system we found. It is going to save us so much time and doesn't require the mess of mortar. It is perfect for the little patch in that we needed for this project.
That's what it looks like so far. I will be posting all the finished photos as we go! There will be a lot more to see about the inside of the studio too! I will finally be able to invite customers & friends over to pick up their orders in person. Or for a cup of coffee. :-)