Monday 14 April 2014


I'm always baffled by how different people's modelling workspaces are and being a tidy sort of chap how cluttered they become. I work on a computer desk that I bought from Argos many moons ago for the sum of £19. It's white so I can see the bits, as are the walls around it to reflect as much light as possible. The day job requires me to sit in black gloom a lot of the time with bright light shining straight at me, which in any other circumstances would be called 'the interrogation', so I want to get away from that as fast as possible. I also try to only have what I'm working on at that time on the bench; at least in the central part. So with the current engine shed build only the world-famous scrapbox, the back wall, solvent, square, knife, brush and the work itself.
The back wall of the shed will be visible through the open doors, so a quick scout around the net for some indication of how the wall frames would be put together and a mock-up in 60 thou strip will give enough visual information. This is a stand alone item for the moment which has no home, just being built for demo purposes.


  1. It's nice to see a clean workspace. Perhaps because I usually work in and around the great outdoors, which is open and clean, my desk is a mess. Or perhaps it's because I'm just a messy person. I've just had to clear it so I can set up my drawing board as getting on with work has become so pressing that I've had to put modelling away for the time being. :-(

    Mind you, I think I've always worked in a mess, much to the dismay of the distaff side of the family, but I generally know where everything is. Now where did I put that vital plant list.....?

    Chris OD

  2. At work I keep my work area clean and tidy, even when I worked in grubby machine shops.
    At home however I work in chaos! My workbench gets cluttered to the point that I cannot find anything, then after a month or two I have a serious tidy up and start the whole cluttering process again.

  3. I suppose I ought to treat my work space better than I do. My desk is a beautiful 1930s rolltop job that belonged to Greer's father who was the agricultural correspondent on the Telegraph. The chair is a swivelling captains chair of similar vintage and came from a dear friend, no longer with us. He cast resin giftware, including Christopher Wray lampbases as well as Star Wars figures and it was in his very dusty office so it brings back very fond memories. Must try harder.