Year End Update 1 of 7: Rabbit Hutch, Studio and Such
The July 23rd entry “If I Had A Hammer” narrated how my lumber shipment had arrived for the building of a home-studio in my garage/workshop. Within just a few days the walls had been raised and were ready for sound-proofing insulation. All in all, I was able to finish the rustic studio in just a few weeks, for only $500 ~ built by hand with no power tools and virtually no wasted materials. Though my autumn tour schedule did not permit me to immediately dig into recording, I was able to get the facility fully functional.
Re-purposed wool carpet (removed from my in-law’s house) served as perfect covering to the walls, floor and ceiling of the intimate sound booth ~ helping me achieve the “dead quiet” ambiance I so love while tracking vocals or narratives. A few wooden bar stools (my neighbour deemed “garbage”) became welcomed furniture and unused curtains from our old house served as additional and versatile sound absorption, while also bringing a certain “coziness” to the environment. A wooden work table my father built years ago (then recently passed along to me) and a retro 1960′s tin desk lamp that once lit my grandmother’s sewing nook, provide some nostalgia to the primary workspace, which I also plan on decorating with old LP covers by some of my favourite musical influences.
With the studio done and dusted, I was pleased to utilize all left over lumber in the building of two hutches for Brownie, a four year old rabbit our family adopted from the Humane Society last October. The outdoor hutch was rather heavy for a small pet dwelling ~ being made of scrap 2×4″ studs and 3/4″ plywood ~ but at least our fuzziest family member will be warm and well protected from the elements in his fortress. Roughly patterning my design on random pictures I had seen among Google images, the only other items I needed to purchase for the project were wire mesh, some paint, a few cedar shingles.
Once weather dropped well below freezing a few weeks ago, I spent an afternoon or two building an indoor hutch for little Brownie ~ again, made completely out of scrap wood and left over mesh. A year or so ago I had inherited an old bedroom dresser mirror form my uncle’s home. The mirror cracked during a move but I was convinced the wooden frame would be of use someday, so I held onto it (I simply cannot bear throwing away anything made of trees, as wood can always be cleaned, cut, sanded or reassembled into something!) Once I had stapled screen to it’s edges, destiny decreed the frame to be a perfectly fitting lid for the indoor rabbit cage.
Little Brownie is now cozy ~ nestled inside his seasonal, straw lined hutch… and as my daughters are occupied in play with him, maybe I will be able to hop away in the weeks ahead to record some songs in my own new little studio-hutch. Depending upon how the process goes for this temperamental musician, my wife may want wire mesh stapled across my studio doorway too…while I am inside!