In late 2013, I found out that my landlord was going to be selling the house we were renting to a family member in early 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 (which I have done twice since building it), it can come with me, and I’ve also got a private space for my business.
So I purchased a vintage Airstream trailer- a 31 footer- and set to work turning it into a saxophone repair shop. I have now been using it as my full-time workshop since November 2013, and I continue to make improvements. In the most recent update, I added a few photos from 2017 at the end of the gallery.
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 that I traded some sax work for someone else to do it, 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!