One Year Already...

Can’t believe it’s already been 12 months in the new workshop - and I still haven’t got the main dust extraction set up… Ok so there have been lots of improvements and renovations and quite a few projects completed so I can’t be too hard on myself.

As you can see from the images below what started as a bit of a mess - broken ceiling, smashed windows and a skip load of rubbish - is slowly turning into a decent workshop. It’s a fairly large space at 1200 sqft (14x8m) which I’ve zoned into two bench areas, machine shop and a separate finishing room and store cupboard. For some reason it has a tiny toilet and no kitchen facilities but they’re on the list.

Found an old map...

I was browsing in an antique shop in Edinburgh and stumbled upon an old map of Dalkeith. Looking more closely I saw that it had the army camp that forms Newbattle Abbey Business Park in full detail. The woods and grounds are littered with old foundations and bits of drainage etc which obviously once formed part of the camp. This map proved what I’d always thought - the camp was obviously much bigger than it is now.

1945 map showing full camp layout

1945 map showing full camp layout

Camp layout now showing buildings that no longer stand. Some of those left are empty shells…

Camp layout now showing buildings that no longer stand. Some of those left are empty shells…

Workshop Open Day

Don't know the difference between a band saw and a rip saw? Come and find out at the Newbattle Abbey Workshop Open Day. Myself and Tom will be on hand to answer all your woodworking queries, show you some works in progress and give you a chance to browse our portfolios and display of finished small pieces.
Friday 27th, 1pm - 5pm and Saturday 28th, 10am - 1pm (Unit 16 Only)

newbattle abbey workshop open day

New workshop

At the end of last year I moved to a new workshop at Newbattle Abbey, near Dalkeith. I'm renting space from fellow maker Tom Cooper, who has this lovely WWII army barracks. Tom has been based here for 10 years and has put a lot of work into improving the building - we've even got central heating!

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