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Art & Inspiration The Shop Office

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Nov 13, 2023.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 21,485

    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    The Shop Office


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  2. corncobcoupe
    Joined: May 26, 2001
    Posts: 6,952

    Staff Member

    Looks right out of the 40's
    The colors and lighting.....the details.
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  3. God damn that’s perfect
  4. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 14,649

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Thats Beautiful.
    I could never be that organized.... thats a lot of work.
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  5. From the pictures I’ve seen of your place Jeff, you are light years ahead of me in organization!
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2023
  6. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,786


    "What we don’t have is a gallery of relevant office space images. Let’s do this – shall we?"

    With the appropriate emphasis on "relevant." Make sure your office is either hot rodded or customized in a traditional manner. No billet staplers or electric pencil sharpeners. Tastefully hidden electronics only, and lets see some typewriters out there! ;)
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  7. “You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination.

    Imagine if you will, I have a classic traditional office instead of a space which looks as if a bomb detonated, I leave the image to your imagination. HRP
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  8. MMM1693
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 1,034


    WOW! What a undertaking. So difficult to keep a working shop and office that clean and organized.
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  9. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 21,485

    Staff Member

    OK... I've got a story that is sort of relevant.

    Picture this: 1969, an Italian-made twin plug distributor, crafted in very small numbers for a German car manufacturer that is off topic to this joint. Just know - this thing is rarer than a sober Hemingway sighting.

    It also needed some serious TLC. But the third-party rebuild scene? Well, let's just say it had a reputation shakier than a politician's promise. And the cost? Astronomical. Enter an old-timer in Germany, a relic from the factory line glory days, the custodian of these distributors for the damn factory museum. Grumpy as a cat on a diet, and he wouldn't touch non-factory gigs.

    I concocted a plan. I dusted off my typewriter, broke out the traditional letterpressed stationery, and banged out two letters.

    Number one: A 350-word tearjerker about my distributor, how it's the beating heart of my existence, you know, the whole shebang.

    And number two: The same sob story, but in German, courtesy of our dear friend Google Translate.

    Now, the strategy here? I figured, this cranky relic might just be a softie deep down, nostalgic for the good ol' days of correspondence. A week later, I get an empty prepaid box in the mail, ready for my precious distributor, accompanied by a letter that dropped wisdom like a Zen master: "Es wird kosten, was es kosten." Translation? "It will cost what it costs."

    Bravely, I packed up my baby and shipped it off. Fast forward a week or so, and lo and behold, it returns to me looking like it just rolled off the assembly line. No letter, no invoice, just my distributor wrapped in wax paper. I try calling the museum, but they've got their defenses up. Another letter goes unanswered.

    Months pass, and all I can figure is that this old-timer did it on his own dime. And if that's the case, I reckon my rusty typewriter and a bit of good ol' bravery might've just cracked that grumpy exterior. Who knows, but one thing's for sure - I'm super grateful.

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  10. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
    Posts: 6,403

    general gow
    Staff Member

    This ^ story is amazing. Not to short Neil any deserved accolades for his incredible office space, but that tale is incredible. Whichever end of it one finds himself, to be able to participate in something so kind (?) at its essence is enviable.
  11. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 3,227


    Said offices shall have functional land lines, Western Electric style.
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  12. Cosmo49
    Joined: Jan 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,523


    Needs a bronzed baby shoes with ashtray on the desk.
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  13. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,406

    from KCMO

    Very cool
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  14. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 16,322


    very inspiring, makes one want to doll up a corner of the hamster cage, a control center for the chaos.
    a desk, file cabinets and shelves all sealed of from the grit and grime
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  15. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 2,011

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    A tire ashtray, bias ply of course.
    When I finish a project, it will look really nice for about a day. Then all the stuff I moved out of the way to do the project start rolling back in a little at a time. Within a week it's a disaster again.:(
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  16. dwollam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 2,188


    I need @NealinCA to come spend about a year in my shop to organize it and do all my cars!

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  17. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 3,371

    41 GMC K-18

    Inspiration, can come from many sources, and when it does, it can produce some interesting results.
    So cool that a lot of older geezer's, still have some very cool manual type-writer's.
    ROYAL STANDARD 1.jpg mystery computer keyboard.jpg IMG_2804.JPG IMG_8020 (2).jpg
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  18. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 6,306


    WoWser! Been more than a few days since I wandered into any place that even vaguely resembled this ‘work’ place. A rotary phone on the desk would be an appropriate addition.
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  19. A working rotary phone would be a plus. :D HRP
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  20. SDhotrod
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 640


    "Is this heaven?" "No, it's Neal's shop office."
  21. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 18,344

    from oregon

    So cool and unpretentious, the anti-"man cave".
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  22. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 3,415

    from nor cal

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  23. Michael Ottavi
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 251

    Michael Ottavi

    Period perfect with a modern day coffee machine to perk you up to keep it all organized.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2023
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  24. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
    Posts: 3,092


    Thank you for the kind words on the office, and my 5w project. I was really trying to achieve the look and feel of a 1920's-1940's era machine shop/auto repair shop office space. The ceiling was a big part of this space, and I almost didn't do it due to costs. Luckily my wife talked me into spending the extra (not usually her MO ;-)) on the 2x6 T&G. She said, you are going to sit in that office and forever regret that you didn't follow your vision. I am so glad she did that, as it is one of my favorite details in the office.


    And my mom has an old black rotary desk phone that the grand kids used to play with. I've been meaning to ask if I can have it for my desk, as I agree it would fit right in.

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  25. redo32
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,112


    I've always known I was a slob, but you guys really rub it in.
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  26. Barrister cabinet, display cabinet, brick wall paper and Edison it. I've been collecting the same sorta furniture but in metal (50s/60s) for my second room (the office) at home. For me it's just regular furniture around the house :).
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  27. 38bill
    Joined: Dec 20, 2019
    Posts: 134

    from Minnesota

    This is the late Gene Hetland's shop office/parts dept. The desk is behind the leather office chair so I figure its within the office description. Every drawer and shelf was full of '32 parts. Sure wish I had taken more photos.
    Ford dealership.JPG
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  28. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 18,344

    from oregon

    Boy Gene had some deuces huh!
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