I know last Monday’s post was a cliff-hanger, but you’ll forgive me, right? I’m nervous because Pooh, my oldest daughter, was so angry last night after watching the first segment of Mockingjay, she was spitting nails! I don’t want anyone to be that angry at me, but I think I’m pretty safe. Besides, I’m here now, and I’m geared with all the great ‘after’ shots of Papa’s shop!
We definitely have so much work to do on all of the shop units, starting with a brand new roof for the whole thing. We have that small matter of the oak tree protruding through the existing roof, which has started to grow up, up, up with the tree. Then, there’s the little issue with all of the sticks, leaves, acorns and squirrel droppings that drop onto the roof (from the tree). And, you know, there’s also that little thing about Madre tossing rodent carcasses up there to get them away from her dog…that has to leave an impression.
If we can get the roof replaced, then we can bother to replace some of the interior, like the ceiling and the walls. But you know what? I like it like this. I’m sure I would not enjoy hanging out in here in the winter all that much, or in a downpour, but it’s just how it’s supposed to look. What more does a person need for custom knife making, custom rifle building, and wood carving? Those are all messy, dirty jobs, so this shop was perfect for Papa. And, it’s perfect for me, too. I don’t make knives, build rifles, or carve wood, but I have lots of project ideas up my sleeve for this space. He even left me some rocks to paint and some great shells to play with!
So, without further ado, here is the end result of my hard work.
Now, it’s pretty obvious that we made some improvements, don’t you think? When the weather finally gets better, I will be in there creating, and I can’t wait to see what kind of inspiration Papa sends me! I know he would be proud of what we’ve done with the place. Of course, if he were still here, he’d be saying, “Get all of this froo-froo out of my shop! Where’s my anvil?”
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