Let fire inspire

Captivated by the magic of working with glass, Rebecca Weddell creates beautiful and unique lampwork beads and offers a range of beadmaking courses.

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My biggest fan

You'll've read that I've been making some adjustments to the Let Fire Inspire workshop - and today was Fan Day!

When I set up the workshop in 2013, after many years working in a succession of timber garden sheds with their own ventilation set-ups, I again paid very close attention to ventilation and air extraction in the workspace. After site visits from various experts in the air-flow field we agreed that an additional extractor fan would be beneficial in terms of air-exchange, and I am very proud of what is now my biggest fan.......

Not only have I improved the air-flow, but in order for the work to be done the workshop has benefited from a really good clear-up and spring clean! Tomorrow has been set aside for cleaning away the vestiges of brick dust from today's hole-drilling exploits, and putting things back where they belong (sans extraneous bits and bobs - it's amazing what one collects over the years!) ready to hit the torch again on Wednesday!

The bits

The bits

The position

The position

The hole outside

The hole outside

The guts of the hole

The guts of the hole

Shiny hole liner

Shiny hole liner

Louvred shutter

Louvred shutter

My biggest fan...

My biggest fan...

...up and running!

...up and running!

Some thoughts on ergonomics

I'm in the throes of some changes at the Let Fire Inspire workshop - and following my own experiences and some very useful student feedback, one of the things I have already upgraded is my workbench seating.

For many years I have used simple, straightforward, height-adjustable wooden stools. I had one of these at my desk for many years as a kid - being height-adjustable, I never managed to outgrow it (and I've reached the dizzying heights of over 6ft). They served me well - they were lightweight, they could rotate, and they were inexpensive to buy. But they had their drawbacks too - no adjustments to the height or position could be made while you were sitting on them, there was no back rest, and it was all too easy to almost unscrew the seat from the thread. The fact the stools had been putting limits on the comfort and beadmaking-conducive posture of those who were using them meant that I had begun to lose confidence in them.

It was time for a change. A re-think was needed!

Out with the old...

Out with the old...

...and in with the new!

...and in with the new!

These fabulous replacement stools offer not only height-adjustability while sitting down, but also mobility while sitting down - that's what the castors are for. This point is particularly useful because it is very helpful indeed to be able to shift position at the torch flame for when the task in hand requires it. And they've got a back rest - yes, it's only little, but goodness me it makes all the difference to my posture. My osteopath would be proud of me!

(Oh, and while we were shooting the pictures above, we *coughs* shot a little video of the new stool in action. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! You'll find it on my Twitter and Instagram.)


The Workshop, 8 Village Works, London Road, East Hoathly
Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6QA
01825 840638

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