This was the beginning of it all. I lived in a condo and had no place to set up so my Grandmother was kind enough to allow me to setup in the corner of her garage. I still had a full time job so I built evenings and weekends. I mitered everything by hand and used a work bench and v-blocks for a jig. I did finally purchase a Hank James jig but had very little else in the way of tools. While I was very grateful to have the garage, it was not heated and I shared it with a car so it was very crowded. I needed to find a place that I could spread out a little and work year-round. After about a year I found a little rental house with a heated detached garage so off I went to shop number two.
I don’t really have any pictures of this shop but it was pretty short lived, no heat in Montana doesn’t make for an ideal place to spend much time.