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Marko Tsourkan
10-15-2013, 03:04 PM
I mentioned in some of my other posts that I am looking into getting more space for my workshop, namely moving woodworking and leather working to a higher floor of the building where my workshop is located.

Here is a quick shot of the space. Bigger room would be for woodworking and the smaller for leatherworking. I will keep metalworking and heat treatment in the basement.

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JMJones
10-15-2013, 03:08 PM
That's pretty sweet to have so much natural light.

Marko Tsourkan
10-15-2013, 03:09 PM
That's pretty sweet to have so much natural light.

Yes, particularly for woodworking. In the basement I have no natural light.

Dream Burls
10-15-2013, 04:04 PM
That's fantastic Marko. What a difference from where you are now. Hope is all works out for you.

Mrmnms
10-15-2013, 04:07 PM
downright civilized

bahamaroot
10-15-2013, 06:56 PM
That skylight is sweet!

apicius9
10-15-2013, 07:10 PM
You are really getting serious with this. Doing it on the side - and slow as I am - I have a hard time breaking even with the overhead and shop rent, I hope it will work out for you with a larger space and expanding. I have a feeling that space so close to NY also isn't exactly cheap.

Stefan

Marko Tsourkan
10-15-2013, 08:46 PM
You are really getting serious with this. Doing it on the side - and slow as I am - I have a hard time breaking even with the overhead and shop rent, I hope it will work out for you with a larger space and expanding. I have a feeling that space so close to NY also isn't exactly cheap.

Stefan

It's hard for me to do woodworking in the basement, let alone leatherworking that I would like to get into. Leatherworking would require much cleaner environment, and more space.

I have to take a risk of a larger overhead if I want to do things I want to do.

Burl Source
10-15-2013, 09:34 PM
The way I look at it, you are taking a big gamble.
But, since you are betting on yourself, you get to be the one that determines how things will turn out.
Good luck with everything and congratulations on the great shop space.

Anton
10-15-2013, 09:45 PM
With some planning and a great product,which you clearly have; this seems like a good investment more than a calculated risk. Usually very well rewarded.

Not wishing you luck cause that seldom helps; the quality of your work seems fantastic and reviews speak for themselves, many business can only dream of that. Keep up the good work and I think this is a great direction for a business like yours

Antonio

cookinstuff
10-16-2013, 02:09 AM
Keep it up Marko, that looks like a fantastic spot to do a day's work.

ecchef
10-16-2013, 03:16 AM
That's your shop?! I'd live in there! Damn, Marko...even your workspace is first class!

Marko Tsourkan
10-16-2013, 08:08 AM
Right now everything is in the basement, without daylight or a good ventilation, but I have a good space and a freedom to do things, so I can't complain.

The upstairs would be for woodworking, leatherworking and whatnot. I would love to take the whole floor (there is a second sky lights) if I could figure out what to use it for, but right now I have use for just 1/3 of the space.

Day light does wonders to productivity, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to secure this space.

M

Matus
10-19-2013, 01:26 PM
Day light does wonders to productivity, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to secure this space.
M

And that is not only because of the visible light spectrum, but also the near UV light - our eyes have receptors for it and while we do not use it for imaging, it tells us whether it is day or night.

I am glad to see that you are moving ahead - I really appreciate your work.

Marko Tsourkan
10-28-2013, 03:01 PM
An update on the space.

I haven't signed paperwork yet, but it looks like I am going to rent more space than I originally thought. The two rooms (pictured in the earlier post), will be my clean rooms - for storage, leather, polishing, sharpening, etching, etc. The rest of the floor will be used as an open-space woodworking shop with all tools hooked up to a dust extraction system, to which I will have access. I need to look into liability insurance for the space, but I hope to be able to offer some woodworking and leather-working classes/workshops down the road. What I love about this place is a garage type door and skylights.

I also plan to built a mini Crossfit gym for the days when I can't make to the proper gym because of work obligations. 15' ceilings make a perfect height for hanging a climbing rope, rings, 10feet high medicine ball target, etc. Very excited.

apicius9
10-28-2013, 03:22 PM
Sounds like a perfect set-up, Marko. Good luck with everything!

Stefan

Marko Tsourkan
10-28-2013, 03:41 PM
Thanks Stefan. I haven't seen this much day light in years!

Marko Tsourkan
10-29-2013, 01:44 PM
Pics of the open space workshop area I will have access too. The gate opens to the roof top, and in the summer time, creates a nice breeze through the top, but the biggest price - big a$$ Delta/Milwaukee table saw with 14" blade. There is another skylight in the main area. 13" ceilings.

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Lefty
10-29-2013, 02:15 PM
Gorgeous, Marko. I'm starting to wonder about renting a small shop myself, and have my eye out for old barns with electrical, and complete walls. It won't be as spectacular as yours, and it's still a pipe dream - but, congrats on living the pipe dream. :D

Marko Tsourkan
10-29-2013, 04:12 PM
I think growing (be it adding new equipment, or expanding work area) is an essential to growing professionally. Once you have a real workshop stocked with proper tools, your possibilities will also grow.

M

Marko Tsourkan
11-06-2013, 06:06 AM
I am going to be moving and setting up the new space, so I doubt I will have time to do any knife related work today and possibly tomorrow - my assistant's first day.

I will ship a couple of things today - 225mm laser and another knife.

I will get back to where I left things, on Friday.

M

Marko Tsourkan
11-07-2013, 05:20 PM
Back in the shop by myself, after a day of moving and training. Hoping to get a few hours of work done. My assistant is starting tomorrow, so tomorrow is a first day of being a Boss.

M

Michael Rader
11-07-2013, 07:44 PM
Nice. It's good to have space. Keep on going on!
-m

JohnnyChance
11-08-2013, 01:20 AM
Cool, we don't have to hang out in the dungeon anymore.

Marko Tsourkan
11-08-2013, 06:07 PM
Thanks Michael -
Dungeon will continued to be my shop for metal working and heat treating (hopefully welding and plasma cutting soon), and upstairs will be for wood and leather.

Spent all day reorganizing metal workshop. After a few days, I will post some pictures.

M

Marko Tsourkan
12-29-2013, 07:56 PM
Finally got heat in the new space. Will start prepping the room for a workshop. A bit of work to be done, but in a week time, will have the leather machine set up hopefully.

Marko

evanjohnson
12-31-2013, 11:32 AM
Congratulations on the heat. What will you be plasma cutting? Your blanks?

Marko Tsourkan
01-04-2014, 12:05 PM
Putting in floors, hopefully will have the room ready for the sewing machine mid next week. Whew...

Marko Tsourkan
01-07-2014, 03:42 PM
Painting. A couple of days away from setting up a leather machine and attempting a first leather saya. Leather should be arriving today.

Marko Tsourkan
01-09-2014, 06:06 PM
New workshop

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bkultra
01-09-2014, 07:37 PM
Nice and not a bad looking prototype leather saya. I have a DT ITK that could use one... I'm sure that would be better then my exotic wood requests that I have been giving you :biggrin:

Marko Tsourkan
01-09-2014, 07:50 PM
I got the machine up and running, and got one prototype sheath made. There is a learning curve to work leather and to use a sewing machine, but I have been getting some guidance and am not a stranger to figuring things out and learn new things fast, so I expect to be up and running in fairly short time.

I like the leather sheath. My version is going to have a snap, to keep the knife securely inside the sheath (not that it needs it, the fit is tight). For pros, this might be a better option than a wooden one.

I need to order some threads, needles, snaps, rivets and more leather, so it might be a couple of week or so before you will see another prototype.

Thanks,

Marko