In 2013, I found out that my landlord was going to be selling our house to a family member in 2015. I was also running out of space in my home workshop, and with one toddler running around and another child on the way, I needed a better workshop. But, I didn’t want to put down a building on land I didn’t own, and I also didn’t want to pay rent for a space in town. So I decided to get the classiest thing I could find on wheels and turn it into a saxophone repair shop. This way when we move, it can come with me, and I’ve also got a private space for my business.
So in summer 2013, I purchased a vintage Airstream trailer- a 30 footer- and set to work. At the time of this writing (March 2014) I have been working in it full-time since November 2013, and I continue to make improvements on most weekends. Big plans for this coming year include replacing many of the window gasket seals and – maybe – installing a tiny wood stove for heat next winter.
My dentwork station, washing station, and big lathe are all still in the garage, where they were before.
I have compiled a small gallery below of the build process (I left a lot of it out, but how many pictures of me cursing over finding more mildew or trying to figure out wiring do you really need?) that should give you an idea of how it went and where I work- and remember, with the exception of the filthy, repetitive work of cleaning the mold off the walls after the interior was ripped out, I did it all myself with no prior experience, so the next one will be better
And of course, this is still a work in progress. Improvements to be made is a list a mile long.
I hope you enjoy it, and I’d love to have you come visit!