What, Why? 

In June 2017 at the culmination of many life-factors I quit my lucrative and relatively fulfilling day job. 

"I want to be an artist" she spake unto the wind, like a buffalo facing the storm. (*snicker*)   

With the ever-loving support of my long-suffering husband, a bit of saved cash and gobs of determination I began to build myself a studio. On wheels. 

Construction began on August 21st, 2017.

I'll add more photos to the gallery below on rainy (snowy?) days, feel free to check on me from time to time, I have NO idea what I'm doing. Should be a hoot.  

(Wall framing in Sketchup)

Preparation

A woodsman was once asked, “What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?” He answered, “I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.”  
(anonymous woodsman, NOT Abe Lincoln, still a good quote.)

Beginning in May 2017 I started planning.

Much Researching (note the capital R) ensued in the form of book-reading, you-tube watching, sketching and drinking copious amounts of caffeine.

(Working from home was turning out to be pretty great.  Also great: Sketchup)

Surprise Zeitgeist

I met some amazing people and volunteered to help with their projects which is 110% the best decision a person can make before embarking on this kind of thing. (Sara is another awesome Alaskan artist, also building a studio on wheels follow her on Instagram @saramakespots)

In fact I met quite a few Alaskans that had built small structures on trailers without knowing there was a movement afoot. 

(Turns out some Alaskans really are the most industrious, independent and simple living people.) 

Anyway, here we go. More on all that later. 

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FAQ

Q: Are you building a Tiny House?

A: If by "Tiny House" you mean a trendy little residence with running water and a composting toilet then no, I am not. If you mean a small, attractive yet functional structure atop a wheeled trailer, well then yes, yes I am. But it won't be replacing my already fairly tiny and efficient home. I'm just borrowing a lot of wisdom from the Tiny House movement to build an art studio. 

Q: Do you have any construction experience?

A: I've put together a decent amount of ikea furniture so you know, I know the basics. 

Ok actually I have built a few things but never anything this big. You just learn as you go. Also I spent 3 months 'sharpening my axe.'