And the following is a view
of Cedar Valley from the second floor of the shop.
About The Shop: I built the workshop in 1991, a few months
following the birth of my daughter. My wife's pottery studio
was added in 2003 by enclosing the "tractor shed" (area
under the lower roof to the left of the picture) and adding the
smaller garage door. Actually, the studio was borne from an argument
about how "my" sawdust was getting into "her"
clay. Nothing like a directive from your wife to add on to the
shop! The basic dimensions are 24'x36' for "my" side,
12'x24' for "her" side, and a 12'x24' upper floor.
The shop is named after Cedar Valley,
a stop in the road on the west side of Austin, TX. The namesake
tree, called "cedar" by the locals, but actually an
Ashe Juniper, is an invasive, non-native species which blankets
the hills around Austin. The tree came into its own due to livestock
overgrazing during WWII and the subsequent suppression of range
fires. Left on its own, the tree grows into a large, unruly bush,
crowding out everything around it. The following is an example
of a cedar which has been trained by trimming the lower branches
It's one of the few cedars
in my yard.
Construction: Since I've always worked in the construction
business, it was natural that I build my own shop. Before even
starting, I stumbled across a large glu-lam beam that was salvaged
from a hotel demolition site, and I designed the shop around
it. This beam was 37' long and became the backbone of the upper
floor. It allows a clear floor space with no columns.
The slab and framing of the upper floor
were subbed out. I did most everything else including siding
and framing of the lower floor, rock work, roofing of the lower
floor, garage doors, electrical, and shelves, benches, etc. inside.
By the time the pottery shop addition
came around in 2003, I was self-employed in the remodeling business.
My crew did all of the work on the studio addition. Once again,
I did the electrical, some of the painting, and the rock work,
some of which is still in progress.
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