Posted on 07/10/2020 at 16:30

Workshop 2.0

I had mentioned it last January (actually, already teased about it in January 2018...), but here we are, I've got a new playground!

A bit over two years ago, I moved to a new house, one of the main reasons being a hangar in the back garden... It's legit and on the land registry, but in a sore state, the steel structure being pretty rusty.

It took two years to tun it into a proper workshop. Authorizations, floods, heavy storms, suppliers delivery errors and delays, quarantine, Covid... Let's not go into details, but it's been hell to get stars to align! Well, at least it gave me ample time to refine my organization plans - I've have spent more time on Sketchup than I'm comfortable admitting.

So without further ado, here's the result!
panoramic view of the structure
One large garage door that allows two vehicles facing out, ready to drive through, and an integrated walk-in door. And a large bay window to bring in light :
A hoist on rail going all the way through the shop :
To store stuff, shelves on the back wall, made to fit my Eurocrate format boxes, and on each side, two large "mezzanines" 70cm and 90cm deep, at a 2.10m height so I can comfortably walk below. And for the most curious of you wondering why the lower shelf doesn't extend all the way to the left : that's so that I can fit in a Westfalia Campervan one day! (that's the definition of wishful thinking right there)
All my machines are not in yet, I still have to install all the electric outlets, and build a proper workbench, I'll slowly get to it step by step. And I use this time to sort out everything I've stored for like 25 years in my old garages...
hoist rail lifting milling machinelathe and milling machine finally meet
All in all, a bit over 50sqm (540sqft), leaving enough room to walk around the 2 cars behind the garage door, plus a "work zone" for a third car :
Working zone for one vehicle
So that's it! Full disclosure, that's a pretty big dream of mine made true right here... icone smiley laughicone smiley laughicone smiley laugh

A huge thank you to Gérald (and his two sons Kevin et Anthony!) for all the building work!
And big thanks to Bruno for lending me your tow bar to tow the cars between shops! icone smiley wink

Now, I have to transfer all my tools/machines/parts from the old workshop... Maintenant, il n'y a plus qu'à rapatrier tous mes outils/machines/pièces... And find time to actually work on my projects! icone smiley laugh
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Posted on 11/09/2020 at 16:21

Do you remember Küby, my VW Thing? I had sold it in 2007 to a good friend of mine...

And as it happens, that very same friend doesn't have a garage for Küby any more, and was thinking about selling it... And since on my end, I do have one spare spot to store it, and more important since I always missed that car... I bought it back from him, 13 years later! KÜBY IS BACK!!
kuby's current statekuby and pinzgauer
It's globally clean, but needs a bit of TLC.
The body suffered a bit due to several years of being stored outside, the paint job crackled in several places, a bit of corrosion... The wipers motor is stuck, the tires are those I mounted myself 14 years ago, they have a low milage but are cooked.
But Küby purrs and is still a delight to ride!
kuby back homekuby as seen from the workshop
Thank you so much aSa for taking care of Küby all those years!

"Guess who's back... Back again... Küby's back... Tell a friend..." - Eminem
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Posted on 10/09/2020 at 14:29

Retirement time...

I've finally resigned myself to buying a "daddymobile"; a vehicle more suited to my fatherly duties. icone smiley sad

The little one loves the Golf, but I gotta admit that once loaded with a trolley and the baby seat, there's not much room left... And it's not that comfy (nor secure!) to drive long trips for our family of 3. icone smiley meh

So there it is, "Krapo Bleu" (Blue Toad) finally goes into retirement after 24 years of daily use, at the ripe age of 32. Almost a quarter of a century, every day, behind this steering wheel, this car has almost become an extension of myself. I'm not gonna lie, I choke up a little bit when I pushed her back into the garage ; and on this last picture I took before I closed the door, looks like she had a bit of a teary eye herself too! icone smiley wink
There, you can have a rest now, "my old friend". See you back for weekend rides... Or on track maybe? icone smiley laugh
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Posted on 02/02/2020 at 21:35

Happy New Year 2020!

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Yeah, I know, it's been two years since I last posted here... But for those who wondered, ShamWerks is not dead! icone smiley winkicone smiley laugh

Those past two years have ben pretty heavy, and I did not have the opportunity to tighten a single nut at the garage. A new and very stressful job, the little one growing up fast, the death of my grand-mother, of my cat, moving places, a bit of an health issue, and still no electricity at the garage... Yep, life hasn't exactly been relaxed. icone smiley sad

But I didn't stand still though! As I had mentioned in my last post, I indeed ended up buying that house, and after almost a year of pointless discussions with the architectural review board (bloody Architecte des Bâtiments de France), I finally managed to get the authorization to renovate the workshop in my new backyard!

TL;DR : building is underway, and ShamWerks will soon have a new playground! I'm not telling you any more right now, but bear with me, it'll change in a couple of months! icone smiley wink
workshop building site
Let's face it, the web has changed a lot since I launched this blog, a bit over 21 years ago (first version launched in October 1998... Feel old yet?).
The type of content I provide is not of interest to a lot of people, especially due to it's redactionnal aspect, when everyone and their mother's on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok (well there are a few exceptions fortunately, like Rascals Cats, Olivier Relic...).

But ShamWerks will stand its grounds, with more detailed posts in the future. And maybe a couple of videos, who knows... icone smiley wink

Happy New Year 2020 everyone!
Take care of your loved ones, be safe on the road, and see you back here soon(ish)! icone smiley wink
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Posted on 30/01/2018 at 23:08

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2018... Bonne Année 2018... Feliz Año Nuevo 2018... Buon Ano 2018... Gutes Neues Jahr 2018... Matahiti Api 2018...

As tradition goes, now's the time to wish y'all a Fantastic New Year 2018! (better late than never hmm?)
So, as usual, may you be healthy, happy, wealthy, oh-but-you-know,as-long-as-you're-healthy, etc.

And as per the tradition as well, it's time to do a short review of the year past, and of the projects to come in the future, reminding us that time goes by...

You may have noticed that ShamWerks has been a bit slow on updates recently. Well, it's kind of a transition period for me, there's a lot going on backstage...

Baby

As expected, and without an ounce of surprise, raising a lil' baby is a pretty time-consuming endeavor!

As a result, I have less spare time to tinker around. But alledgedly, it should get better a few months from now! icone smiley wink

And to be honest, how could you not melt in front of this smile? icone smiley laughicone smiley laughicone smiley laugh

(Whaaaaaaaaat? My son is the most beautiful baby in the world, I'm just stating an obvious, scientific fact)

Jack has hit the road...

My father, Jacques, passed away on November 17th, aged 90.

He died peacefully, in his sleep, at home, while keeping his wits about him until the last day (and also while chainsmoking a pack a day...) : in the end, not the worst way to go. icone smiley meh

Our relationship was complicated, and as he was bed-ridden for the past few years following a stroke, I had a lot to deal with taking care of him...

In any case, he leaves a big void behind him, and not only because he was 1.94m tall. (that's 6ft 4" for you yankees).
He returned to the sea he loved so much... With his departure, I'm turning over a new leaf, and it's not an easy one to turn.

Good bye "le Père", have a safe journey... icone smiley sad

Black-out

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Direct consequence of the previous information : my garages were electrically powered through my father's apartment, since he lived in the same building.
With his passing, the lighting in my workshop is no more... And I'm too old to tinker around with a headlamp.

I could go through the administrative procedure to get a proper power outlet installed, but it's a lot of paperwork (and a good chunck of money, too!).
There's a new law in France, which favours access to power outlets for electric vehicles, but it's still a hassle to set up...

Long story short, all projects in the shop are at a dead stop until further notice.
But all this could change thanks to...

A real estate project!

I plan to buy a house, which boasts a really nice worshop!

Nothing final yet, and it'll take some time to sort out.

If it doesn't work out, I'll go back to the "garage power outlet installation" option.

But if it does, you can expect a whole lot of "workshop" articles for sure!

Job swap

Yeah, why not... Let's change all the things, amirite?? icone smiley laugh

So I'm changing jobs : new challenges, new exciting context, some travelling to be expected... Hoping I've made the right decision! icone smiley wink

It's gonna take a lot of work and energy, but I'll keep moving forward! #keepHustling

In Conclusion

The first thing is that unfortunately, in the short term, updates on ShamWerks will probably be thin on the ground.

But the positive counterpart is that if everything goes as planned, 2018 could be the starting point of many new articles! (including a collaboration... More on that later)


Anyway, that's it for now! Let's begin a new trip around the sun on our little rock, have a safe trip everyone! icone smiley wink
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