I have been growing out of my small space for some time, so I've been keeping my eyes open for another space that would work for my business. Apparently, all the small industrial spaces in the Seattle area were all taken about a year ago after people started venturing out and building up small businesses again, so I missed the boat on some really cool options close by my house. However, I kept looking and found a very cool, slightly larger than I currently need, space in the old Rainier Brewery building right off I-5 in SODO! It's no longer being used as Tully's headquarters (which it was from around 2000 until recently), but mostly as an artist community. It has sculptors, painters, textiles, and even a winery! I'll be moving soon and am totally excited to have more space to move around and build larger pieces! They're giving my space a new paint job and updating the bathrooms, so I'll add some photos later.
So, my Grizzly sander broke twice in the past two weeks, forcing me to hand sand my projects since mid November. Normally this wouldn't be and issue, but it is the holiday season, and I have a LOT of orders to make and ship for the Christmas deadline. Needless to say, I've been stressing and needed to get my hubby in the shop to help me with my orders. He's been so helpful, so I wanted to take a moment and write a blog to thank him.
Here is a website I've found useful when shipping to Canada. It allows you to see how much the extra fees will be once the piece gets to the customer. This is nice if you want to combine some of the fees together with the shipping costs and pay for that when you're buying your shipping label, or if you want to give the customer a heads-up on your product information. I was shocked when I saw how much the brokerage fees were and I was flattered people liked my stuff enough to spend that much extra to have it :).
Check it out!
I just upgraded my workshop by adding a drum sander and a dust collector to my tool collection. By doing this, I've leveled up my skills in sanding, breathing, and all around awesomness of my shop. Woot.
I chose the Grizzly 10" sander. I almost got the 12" baby drum, but decided for a first time sander purchase I didn't need the extra oomph behind the 12". As a bonus, the smaller one came with a stand, which is great even though it's the perfect height for a child.
The drum sander allows me to quickly sand and level multiple pieces of wood at one time, making the not-so-fun sanding process a breeze. The only downside of having a drum sander is that there is way more dust now in my workshop, which is why I also bought a dust collector! Honestly, I should have bought a dust collector a while ago or hooked up my shop-vac to the orbital sander and table saw when they were in use. I was probably breathing in more dust everyday than someone stuck out in the Sahara... not so good for long term lung health. Now I can easily move the dust collection hose from one machine to another, or even use it with my orbital sander!
Lastly, I made an inexpensive version of the Grizzly downdraft table out of a plastic storage box and some pegboard. When you hook the dust collection hose to the box, it sucks all the dust created by the orbital sander down into the box. It works splendidly.
My art was recently on display at Seattle Center as part of Swedish Medical Center's 4th Annual MS Art Show. It was this past weekend, the same weekend as Beerfest, and it was awesome! This was the first time I had not been involved with hanging my art in a show, so I was a little anxious about that, but it turned out great. The show was in the middle of the Armory, the main building at the Seattle Center with the food court and the Children's Museum, which had a lot of people walking through art show.
There were tables set up with the artists' information and more details about the artwork and how each person was connected to MS. Here is a link to past shows. Photos are not yet posted for this past weekend's show, but they should be soon.
My wood art sculpture is in the second photo below.