Zen and the Making of a Workshop

24 Hercules St
May 14th, Thursday (1992)
20:30

It is the hottest day of the year so far and the sun is setting behind the garden across the street, in among the houses.  My window remains wide open and a small rosebush on my desk with a single tiny red flower has been treated to dew from a spray.  The droplets sparkle, and beside it bubbles slowly rise from a glass of freshly poured cold beer.

Resting on it’s beechwood side is the drawer from another desk which I have rescued from the street. It’s mahogany front hooks over the back of the desktop and in front of me is attached a beechwood wedge with the keyhole shape cut away.  My saw frame rests over this, the blade already tensioned to a top A tone, ready to cut a pattern disc from an aluminium sheet.

The next template will be for the Cancer pendant for my son’s birthday at midsummers day – he’ll get it as soon as it’s ready.

There are three candlesticks, a mug full of pens and tools for the silver, and a balsa wood fish from Ecuador!

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The draw remained Prags’ workshop for the next 20 years.  He brought it with him to Blair Close where it was mounted on a round conference table (purloined from Gerald Ronson) supported on wooden wine boxes.

The set of tools has been expanded to include doming blocks and punches for the production of ear-rings.

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