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Here's My Workshop!

Herb Schlobohm
Portland, OR

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OK, so not all of us are totally organized. Here is the anti-shop; perhaps a lesson in what not to strive for.

My shop has its roots in my childhood where I spent many hours taking things apart and sometimes successfully putting them back together again. That activity taught me the use of tools and a fondness for old tools, but in truth, there isn't really any tool, new or old, that doesn't catch my eye.

As an adult I became a true do-it-yourselfer with a wide range of skills from blacksmithing to veneering (from B to V as opposed to from A to Z). I have worked for a company making fine reproductions of antique fireplace equipment, owned a hardware store, and presently, am semi-retired doing home repairs.

My photos might lead the viewer to think "hoarder" but I do prune a couple of times a year. My biggest faults are the bad habit of letting things lay where I put them down and holding on to little bits and pieces for a couple of years to see if I'll ever need them. All those parts bins are full of not only nuts and bolts but vintage fittings and odd ball whats-its. No empty horizontal space in my shop. I wanted to share the theme of my anti-shop after seeing numerous featured shops, grand in size, well organized, and often quite tidy; the antithesis of my shop.

All that being said, I included the photo of my kitchen hutch which I built in this same shop. My woodwork skills are self taught. I have a large woodworking library but most of my skills were acquired by trial and error and most particularly, "measure once, cut twice (or thrice!)."

If you have any questions you can email Herb at .

Want to see more shops? Check out our Shops Gallery , featuring many of the shops that we have featured in previous editions of Wood News.

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