RodMaker Home part 2

Among other things, my dad was a woodworker. I grew up in a home that had a workshop and to this day can’t imagine any adult male not having some sort of workshop to knock around in. I had acquired several hundred square feet of my own shop space by 1988. The current RodMaker building offers many times that original amount, however. In addition to the nice suite of offices, the current building offers plenty of room for dedicated shop areas of different types. Although I never considered it an absolute must, it’s nice having separate shop areas for rod assembly, dirty construction work, and photography.

The rod assembly area itself is climate controlled and features high ceilings (10ft.) to better accommodate the movement of longer one piece rods. The room is long and narrow (20ft. x 10ft.) Assembly and storage tables run the length of one wall while a mobile rod assembly station occupies the opposite wall. Since these photos were taken, a complete rod and blank storage system has been built and hung from the ceiling (this will be covered in an upcoming issue of RodMaker).

If you read yesterday’s blog, you no doubt noticed that I mentioned that the RodMaker building has a full 6,000 sq.ft. of warehouse and shop space behind the office and apartment areas. Shortly after locating here in 2006, I settled on 1,000 sq.ft. in a back corner for use as a general machine and shop area. There is some amount of luxury in being able to do various tasks and not have to worry about cleaning things up immediately.

Although I maintain a separate room as a photography studio, the actual set-up is not at all fancy – nothing you couldn’t do in your own home shop. Taking good photographs has more to do with a firm knowledge of photography basics (aperature, exposure and depth of field) than with equipment. About 75% of all the photos that have ever appeared in RodMaker were taken on this table with this old flourescent tube light.

Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the outside premises including the 200 ft. casting lane.

Tom Kirkman