I have been preparing cypress beadings at a portable bench inside the boatshed.
Apart from the entrance, which still needs double doors, our work area is enclosed, and is proving to be a comfortable and – dare I say it – enchanting space.
Outside, the sun comes and goes, and a chilly wind blows from the south; inside, the light is steady, and the cypress walls provide warmth and protection. It is a light-filled environment, which will be lighter still once we have skylights in place (above the two permanent benches), and the four LED light-bulbs installed at stategic points.
At first, I was worried about shedding cypress wood-shavings onto a pristine and very beautiful cypress floor…but after all, it is a workshop, not a luxury apartment – and in due course I got used to standing in the sea of shavings and wood-dust (which I later swept up).
The electrican, who is an enthusiast and boatshed devotee, will be here in the next week or so. I understand the LED lights will last for thirty two years. At that stage, I expect we will have to replace them with (no doubt) superior technology.