My Scribal Work Space
Today I’m inviting you to my scribal workspace. I enjoy seeing how other’s work, so I thought you’d like to see mine.
My “studio” is now half an SCA craft room. It’s a few steps from a bathroom for easy access to water. It’s on the same floor as the walk-out to the back yard, so I can easily let my crazy dogs in or out as they insist.
My work surfaces are two 6-foot tables put together in an L-shape with a small opening at the corner for my standing floor lamp. I’m using old heavy tables I had for SCA activities before the new lighter ones appeared at stores.
|Left table and corner of both.|
If you stand in front of my workspace and look first to the left you’ll see I have a small table-top bookcase. I use it for frequently used books. Next, to its right is my initial SCA portfolio binder. Further right is a divided support I use for sundry paper or pergamenata, folders of guide sheets and hand-outs, assorted sized mat specimens, and sandpaper packages.
|Corner with lamp protruding and lattice cube.|
Where the two tables meet you see the lamp protruding. To its front is my home-devised brush/pen/etc holder. Just to its front is small useful dreck: erasers, small binder clips, two sharpening stones, a shell with shell gold, a Finetec gold well etc. To its right, peaking over the light box is a colored pencil container.
|Dual swing-arm lamps(on), slanted lightbox and active work area.|
I am fortunate to have a dual swing-ar
m light system. It’s a repurposed beauty salon thing. I can adjust my light to come from two directions, so I‘m not concerned about direction and my head casting a shadow.
|Right, active work-table broad view with lamps off.|
I place my inks, paints and two short water containers in a place where I don’t bump them, but I can reach them easily. For me, that’s just to the right of my slanted workspace.
This area becomes cluttered as I work. It tends to be where I put anything down if I’m not careful. Erasers, pen test papers, a guard sheet, scrapers, rags/paper towels sections, nib cleaner, my cell phone…..
|Small computer station and some room view.|
The door to the room is immediately next, but to its right is a small computer desk, a printer, and a two drawer file cabinet. When I started doing C&I in about 1993 I would never have guessed the importance the internet would be for scribal research. It has drastically changed how I access inspirational resources. Many times, like in this picture, my laptop is on the couch in the nearby rec room, but this is available when I want it.
I am lucky to have so much space. It suits my work style because I like all my tools nearby. Or maybe I developed this style because I didn’t have to work from a portable scribe’s box. C & I doesn’t need to be spread out, but I’m just spoiled by it now.
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