I got a call from my buddy John Adams from Niagara Falls a couple weeks back. He called to give me a heads up that he was looking to get rid of his entire glass studio. Fast.
I used to rent studio time from Johnny back when I still lived in Niagara between my days at Sheridan College and starting my residency at Harbourfront. At that time he was running a full studio inside his garage that he had designed and built himself. Now he needs the space for his heating and air-conditioning business: Niagara Home Heating. John is the only Glassblower I know that also happens to be a licensed gas-fitter. This comes in handy when building a studio since he can see it through an artist’s eyes and put the pieces together to work efficiently for a very specific purpose. This is HUGE for me. And scary.
We spent the better part of the weekend disassembling all these monster pieces of equipment and shoving them into a shipping container I had dropped off at his place. We needed to rent a forklift (Did you know you can just rent forklifts? It’s awesome.) to move some of the larger components like the furnace, kilns, and two glory holes. We pulled it off without incident although there were a few close calls.
So there it sits. In John’s driveway. Now I need to find a place to store this thing and, eventually a new space to set it all up! It’s super-intimidating but I’m hopeful. As a small sidebar, did you know these shipping containers are meant to be picked up/dropped off by trucks when they’re empty but not when they’re FULL??!?!? This is knowledge I could have used before I piled close to 17 000 lbs. of steel pipes and firebrick into the f*cking thing and so I’m passing it on to you.
After calling everyone I could find in the phone book and online, it was looking like I was going to have to rent a crane (!!!) to get the damn thing off the ground and onto a flatbed. Luckily, Johnny was able to locate a burly truck that can handle the weight so all seems to be under control.
(Edit: This was an old post from January. I have since found a place to drop this thing into storage for the next couple months. This is especially good news for Johnny as he’ll be able to use his driveway again after four months. So now the next challenge: Where will my new studio end up living? Toronto? Niagara? How am I going to do this? Again, I am hopeful. If I build it, will they come?)
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