In the end, it was quite a massive day, an absolute whirlwind. From waking at 5am, I was home 1am the following day (thanks in part to some disruptions to flights on the way home on Qantas, and in part because I got to the airport 30 minutes early iaw my ticket, and was told it was too late, and for a local flight I should have planned to be there 90 minutes early. Oh well, had an iPhone packed with movies, so time passed quickly).
At the airport, I was met by Larry (Lazy Larry Woodworks) and Aaron (Torque Workcentres), so it promised to be a day full of info. Larry owns the first Torque Workcentre sold (around 9 months ago?), and Aaron manufactures them, so it was a great tag-team. More on the workcentre in the next post.
Other than a general lack of sawdust (Larry had taken a garden blower to the shed), it was my kind of chaos. I recognised a Carbatec workbench there on the left. This is looking towards the back of the shed, with a beer fridge in the back corner (out of view), a clamp rack, lots of storage, and little wallspace, with jigs and creations on all the working surfaces.
A view from the beer fridge (an essential in Brisbane – hot and humid (well it seemed so to me)), stocked with XXXX Gold, and some ciders. Oh to have so much working space!
Larry certainly has a range of timbers, and a decent quantity of each. He also knows his timbers a lot better than I do. Bit disappointing hearing how much they pay for timber up there – anyone would think timber was gold encrusted in Melbourne for the comparable prices.
Walls covered in jigs – the essence of a functional shop.
So that’s a bit of a look around Larry’s workshop – still plenty missed. You know what it is like in your own shed – all those nooks and crannies where things are hiding, jigs only you vaguely remember the job it was created for, timber offcuts you couldn’t quite throw away. There was even a radial arm saw I caught a glimpse of on the video I don’t remember actually seeing. Guess it has become pretty superfluous now Larry has the Torque Workcentre! His tablesaw is a 12″ contractor’s saw, with a full Incra fence and positioner system, Incra 2000 mitre sled.
So a big thanks to Larry for his hospitality, and a chance to have a good look through the place. Of course, the primary reason for the visit was to see the Torque Workcentre, and that will be covered shortly.
Oh, and thanks heaps for the timber too – Larry sent me home with some Hairy Oak, Avocardo (that will be interesting to see how it comes out – I doubt it will be green though!), a couple of other piece I can’t remember the names of (as I said, Larry knows his timber a lot better than I do!), and most generously, one of his large woven design cutting boards. Thanks mate!