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I am getting a home/shop at last.

Discussion in 'Around the Grinder' started by Brian Ayres, May 31, 2012.

  1. Brian Ayres

    Brian Ayres

    Feb 4, 2011
    I separated from my ex-wife in 2008. Since then I've lived in 8 different places. I've lived out of plastic boxes until November of last year when I finally got my own tiny 400sq ft apartment. The sacrifices to keep my kids taken care of and to honor a woman I will always love were worth every night in a friends/relatives spare bedroom.

    We finally sold our house in 2011 and now a year later all my bills/debts are paid.

    I sign a rental agreement tomorrow with my 19 year old daughter and 14 year old son. The new house has a 22'x20' garage that is ONLY for knifemaking.

    I have spent the last year making knives out of my buddy Greg Haile's garage(THANKS GREG!!) but now will finally have my own house.

    The thought of being able to step out my door and work whenever my muse leads me out there is incredible.

    The greatest part is I get 2 of my kids with me. Nothing is as precious as when your given a second chance with something you thought was forever lost. :D

    Learning to make knives over the last 18 months has been healing to my soul. The fellow knifemakers I've met have been by and large the best group of people I've ever met.
  2. wolffbite


    May 7, 2010
    Congrats on the new place Brian!

    Awesome that you get to live with your kids, you sound like a great guy :thumbup:
  3. Brian Ayres

    Brian Ayres

    Feb 4, 2011
    Thanks. I am super happy. Got all my daughter's stuff moved tonight. I didn't know a 19 year old could have so much stuff!!
    All my grinders, saws, drill presses, anvils and mill get moved Sunday.
    I won't even hang a picture till I get a few hours of shop time!
  4. Burton Harruff

    Burton Harruff

    Oct 1, 2007
    It is very nice to have a shop dedicated to knife making. At my old house I had half of a 2 car garage and a small out building. Makes work much easier to have everything in once space.
  5. GTH11


    Feb 21, 2011
    Bout time
  6. jll346

    jll346 Knife maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2006
    Great news. Best of luck with your new start.
  7. Salem Straub

    Salem Straub KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 20, 2008
    Enjoy your new digs! Sounds like you are due for a run of good fortune. Now you can start shopping for a power hammer.
  8. shotgunner


    May 19, 2010
    sounds like you deserve it. Woot!
  9. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket Moderator

    Apr 15, 2010
    I'm sorry that it took such a difficult road, but that sounds awesome, Brian. My very best wishes to you and yours!
  10. Brian Ayres

    Brian Ayres

    Feb 4, 2011
    :eek: Thanks guys. Picked up enough racking to make 4- 8' benches today. Will be setting up the shop tomorrow!!
  11. NickWheeler


    Dec 3, 1999
    Very cool Brian!!! :) :cool:

    I'm also sorry to hear it was a difficult road getting to this point... but the one positive is that you will appreciate it that much more. :)

    Still need to figure out a time to have you up for a visit.
  12. GTH11


    Feb 21, 2011
    Brian it was really cool seeing you today, im looking forward to being able to hang out with you in your own shop, you deserve it bro! Find some consistent time each week to devote to making knives, some times 3 am works for some sanding or gluing, your knife dreams are now only a few steps away..life is good Brian youve got the eye, skill and desire heck your Bruce Bumps adoptee, and Nicks inviting you to come up and play, find the time my friend and get to grinding!!!
    P.S. Seriously consider laying out a clean room, ill help you build it, text me when the house has settled down and ill come over and help with your lay out, etc.
    P.S.S. Your grin was ear to ear when you left today, classic stuff!!
  13. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 2, 1999
    Brian, I,m so proud of you, why didn't you tell me I was a grandpa?

    Congrats on the new place with the kids and a shop. Life is good!
  14. NickWheeler


    Dec 3, 1999
    Greg- I figured you would come with him... :)

    You can build a couple walls for me too! ;) :p
  15. GTH11


    Feb 21, 2011
    Heck ya Nick, id love to come up!
    Brian...we will find time together....to get to Castle Rock!
  16. Brian Ayres

    Brian Ayres

    Feb 4, 2011
    I'll add plumbing for you Nick!


    Grandpa? Heck I forgot to mention. I have 4 kids. So you have 4 grandkids. I hope you don't feel old because I now have to inform you that I'M going to be Grandpa any day now. You'll be a GREAT-Grandpa.
    The good news is that they are all awesome kids.

    I'm thinking about a small partition wall Greg.
    I've spent all my spare time out there. I haven't even unpacked my room and it's been 10 days.

    Lighting is being bought today! A couple overheads to start.

    I'll post pics soon in shop talk. Trying to figure a semi permanent layout.
  17. Salem Straub

    Salem Straub KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 20, 2008
    Brian, Greg, hope you still have time at some point this summer to come over for a mini hammer in- talked to my friend Ray Rogers the other day, he lives nearby and would probably come, too. He's a real good maker who, while he's not a forger per se, makes some really nice damascus with his press. Good folders, too.

    There's nothing like setting up a new shop that's better than anything you've had before. That's what I did when I moved into this place!
  18. Brian Ayres

    Brian Ayres

    Feb 4, 2011
    Thanks. I'm pretty stoked. I'll add pics Monday. Have my high bench set up for my mini mill and drill press and my grinder bench for my GIB and 2 disc grinders.
    Working on a welding table and 2 more work benches.

    Greg and I will come up Salem. I know I'm setting aside a week to come up see you and swing down to Boise to see my mom.
  19. Salem Straub

    Salem Straub KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 20, 2008
    That's good news!


    Aug 17, 2010
    Hey Brian,

    I'm going in a different direction for the same reasons. I've had my son in one of the best school districts around on a permit, but it has proven iffy, whether they will admit my daughter. My wife and I are taking control. I'm leaving the house and shop I love for a similar house that I will be leasing in the right zip code, but the garage (shop) is 11' wide instead of 22' and no deeper. I can deal with a small shop for steel, but all of my wood tools need a home as well, so in addition to moving and setting my place up for lease, I'm building a new shed at the new location. I cancelled our summer vacation, and it's all move and build from here until the 1st of Aug.

    Here's my old shop. Half of it, anyway.


    Here's my new shed to store half of my tools. This may be a blessing, once I get the "new " shop lit and wired, I may find it nice to have a specialty area that does not get hit with storage issues.


    If I showed you the new shop now, some of you might get upset. I know I do - no lights, no adequate power - nothing but a small space with a water damaged ceiling and a worse floor than the one I'm leaving. I won't show photos of that that space until I get it going, but I'm on a knife making hold until conditions improve - which they will.

    Take care all.

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