Twelve feet by sixteen feet, leaning slightly to one side, no heat or AC, but it has electricity. Originally, it was built as a shed for hogs to sleep in at night. On one wall there is a cutout large enough for a healthy-sized hog to come through. Along the floorboards and some of the walls are evidence of where the hogs would scratch their backs or paw at the floor. There are still old fence posts and hooks for the barbed wire that encircled their pen. Now I spend my time rooting around, pawing away at projects and slowly realizing my dream of having a home workshop.
When we first moved into our house, the hog hutch was filled with the previous owner’s stuff. A hog hadn’t lived there in about 30 years and the previous owner used the hutch for storage and occasional tasks. A lot had amassed in that shop over those years and the previous owner opted to leave much of the contents behind when he left. If you read our previous post or have ever seen our house, you know we don’t shy away from a collection of stuff that may possibly hold some treasures. Once we took ownership I began the slow process of cleaning out the space. The yard is continually spotted with piles of junk thrown out from the shop as I work my way through all of the various boxes and tins. Each nook and cranny was stuffed with jars of nails, boxes of paints, or old electrical equipment that is in a half-state of repair.
In the past few months I have finally cleared the space enough to start working. I have learned a great deal about working in a small space by maximizing space usage. There is still a lot to be done before this old hog hutch can be a proper workshop, but it’s definitely a one-of-a-kind shop. I hope to use this space not only to help with my never ending home renovation projects, but also for the creation of sculptures and furniture.