So much has happened since I last posted a blog. The most notable happening is we moved! We bought a little house in a little town east of Dallas. We loved Plano while we were there, but if I'm being totally honest, Plano wasn't our speed. We like dirt roads, big yards, old trucks, and nature buzzing all around us. The best part about our new home is that all the bindery equipment is together in one room, except for the table saw and sanders of course! Some equipment has to stay in an outdoor workshop separate from books and ephemera.
Our philosophy when it comes to setting up a work space: Your most used tools must be at arms length, such as bone folders, leather conditioner, glue pots, leather dye, dividers, rulers, brushes, tissue papers, etc. Our work bench may look cluttered and our shelves are packed with supplies, but when I'm in the middle of a project, nothing is more annoying than having to stop to find where I put a tool I need. More often than not, during a restoration project I need a tool or material I didn't think I'd need, and I want everything near me and easy to grab. Everything has its place, but it's place is very near my bench.