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Bach6032

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Really like that large bookcase in the second photo. Is that your spinet? Just discovered my cat likes Bach fugues. He'll come to sit by the CD player when I play them, especially the organ fugues. Nice space!
Thank you! The office /pipe lounge has been a true labor of love and has taken far more time than might be imagined.

The instrument is a clavichord that I made nearly 40 years ago; its twin is in the music room upstairs.

We have three cats and not one shows any interest in music...not even that of J. S. Bach.
 

Bach6032

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What’s the best way to schedule an appointment at your office? I’ve got a bad case of envy and need help asap.

This is an absolutely glorious room! Well done!
Thank you...and starting the day with a good chuckle is the way to go. What the office/pipe lounge required was an immeasurable amount of work and a good vision. My wife was a driving force behind this; a couple of decades ago, she and I built two dividing walls [the room had been open to what today are the laundry room and utility/mechanical room]. We installed the drywall ourselves and laid the plank flooring before painting everything a bland cream color. It was nice but a couple of years ago I decided to really upgrade the space and my wife kicked things off with her suggestion that I use a plaid wallpaper as part of the design. That decision sparked just nearly everything that flowed from that point. It would be impossible to overstate how much time and work I've put into this room (the stained glass window alone took a full month of full-time work and was made mostly from scraps leftover from a previous project). And the room looks far, far more 'expensive' than it really was. It's amazing what can be done with inexpensive (or even scrap) lumber. I'm lucky that woodworking is one of my hobbies because I have a huge stock of tools and materials and, let's' face it, plenty of time to use them now that I'm retired.

In the photos you'll see a grandmother clock, an Emperor 120. The current price for a new one of these is a bit over $5300. But just over a year ago I found one on Ebay with a starting price of $100 and a "Buy it Now" price of $200. I could have bought it at the $200 price and called it good, but there had been NO bids, probably because the seller would not ship it--it was pick up only. So I tracked this right up to the bitter end, submitting a bid of $100 just prior to closing and.....the rest is history. My wife and I drove to Ludington, about 100 miles away, to load it up. It was a pleasant drive and so, after sales tax, that clock set me back all of $106 and some gas for the car. With patience and hard work, it's all do-able.

Thank goodness for that leather recliner [by the way, also FREE from a sister-in-law] because it's the precise location of some of the best napping in the world.
 
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onesixonetwo

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Thank you...and starting the day with a good chuckle is the way to go. What the office/pipe lounge required was an immeasurable amount of work and a good vision. My wife was a driving force behind this; a couple of decades ago, she and I built two dividing walls [the room had been open to what today are the laundry room and utility/mechanical room]. We installed the drywall ourselves and laid the plank flooring before painting everything a bland cream color. It was nice but a couple of years ago I decided to really upgrade the space and my wife kicked things off with her suggestion that I use a plaid wallpaper as part of the design. That decision sparked just nearly everything that flowed from that point. It would be impossible to overstate how much time and work I've put into this room (the stained glass window alone took a full month of full-time work and was made mostly from scraps leftover from a previous project). And the room looks far, far more 'expensive' than it really was. It's amazing what can be done with inexpensive (or even scrap) lumber. I'm lucky that woodworking is one of my hobbies because I have a huge stock of tools and materials and, let's' face it, plenty of time to use them now that I'm retired.

In the photos you'll see a grandmother clock, an Emperor 120. The current price for a new one of these is a bit over $5300. But just over a year ago I found one on Ebay with a starting price of $100 and a "Buy it Now" price of $200. I could have bought it at the $200 price and called it good, but there had been NO bids, probably because the seller would not ship it--it was pick up only. So I tracked this right up to the bitter end, submitting a bid of $100 just prior to closing and.....the rest is history. My wife and I drove to Ludington, about 100 miles away, to load it up. It was a pleasant drive and so, after sales tax, that clock set me back all of $106 and some gas for the car. With patience and hard work, it's all do-able.

Thank goodness for that leather recliner [by the way, also FREE from a sister-in-law] because it's the precise location of some of the best napping in the world.
This information just made this room that much better! Legendary wife supporting this project, incredible eBay deal (again supported by all-star wife), and then the sister-in-law coming in clutch with the handsome and cozy recliner.
 

Lunting Lifestyle

Did you bring a shrubbery?
Just moved to a new house a bit back, so still some tweaks to do. As a Project Manager I do still get to work from home most days, but with it being a new house no pipe smoking inside (yet anyway). Here’s where I spend most working days:
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My pipes live in old cigar boxes for now. Eventually I have a pipe cabinet that will go into that space in next picture (plans already in the works).
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Next is the cleaning station a few shelves down. I got tired of moving stuff off the desk so I bought a keyboard slide to attach to the shelf. Works perfect and moves out of the way when I don’t need it. The “tinder box” / cleaning box holds all my various tools, lighters, tampers, etc.
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Bottom shelf has current rotation of pint jars. After months of looking and not finding soda crates anywhere I just said screw it and built my own. Old bed frame slats from IKEA which are already rounded. I built them offset so it’s easier to grab the jars by the lids. Bonus: there’s plenty of stash room behind it where I store my long term cellar stuff.
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Yeah it’s a ton of aromatic… I have more tins of VAs and Latakia stashed haphazardly in the closet.
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Opposite view / working area:
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And finally back porch where I actually get to enjoy a few minutes of quiet time occasionally with a pipe. Oh well, guess I’ll add that later. Only get 6 pictures 🤷‍♂️
 
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Bach6032

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Just moved to a new house a bit back, so still some tweaks to do. As a Project Manager I do still get to work from home most days, but with it being a new house no pipe smoking inside (yet anyway). Here’s where I spend most working days:
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My pipes live in old cigar boxes for now. Eventually I have a pipe cabinet that will go into that space in next picture (plans already in the works).
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Next is the cleaning station a few shelves down. I got tired of moving stuff off the desk so I bought a keyboard slide to attach to the shelf. Works perfect and moves out of the way when I don’t need it. The “tinder box” / cleaning box holds all my various tools, lighters, tampers, etc.
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Bottom shelf has current rotation of pint jars. After months of looking and not finding soda crates anywhere I just said screw it and built my own. Old bed frame slats from IKEA which are already rounded. I built them offset so it’s easier to grab the jars by the lids. Bonus: there’s plenty of stash room behind it where I store my long term cellar stuff.
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Yeah it’s a ton of aromatic… I have more tins of VAs and Latakia stashed haphazardly in the closet.
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Opposite view / working area:
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And finally back porch where I actually get to enjoy a few minutes of quiet time occasionally with a pipe. Oh well, guess I’ll add that later. Only get 6 pictures 🤷‍♂️
NICE! Especially like the homemade soda crates and, like you, wish that the prefab ones (especially those from Michaels) still were available. Also like the banker's lamp. Yours looks different from most out there and appears much more substantial.

For what it's worth, a couple of years or so ago I wrote to someone at the Michaels corporate office who confirmed that: a) they no longer sell the soda crates, and b) they likely will not carry them again. I actually did find a source for the very crates they sold and the price was astonishingly low. Only problem was that the minimum order was 1,000. If any of you have 24,000 jars of tobacco, though, I might be able to find that vendor again....

Seeing your setup also makes me wish that we had a color printer--the jar lids are 40 times better in color.
 

RWyatt

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NICE! Especially like the homemade soda crates and, like you, wish that the prefab ones (especially those from Michaels) still were available. Also like the banker's lamp. Yours looks different from most out there and appears much more substantial.

For what it's worth, a couple of years or so ago I wrote to someone at the Michaels corporate office who confirmed that: a) they no longer sell the soda crates, and b) they likely will not carry them again. I actually did find a source for the very crates they sold and the price was astonishingly low. Only problem was that the minimum order was 1,000. If any of you have 24,000 jars of tobacco, though, I might be able to find that vendor again....

Seeing your setup also makes me wish that we had a color printer--the jar lids are 40 times better in color.
I think those crates could be built fairly easily. It's just time that I lack. I looked online all day today for those!
 

Bach6032

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I think those crates could be built fairly easily. It's just time that I lack. I looked online all day today for those!
Woodworking is one of my hobbies and it would be easy enough to make crates that are identical to the Michaels crates. But my wife and daughter always find ways to keep me busy with other, more pressing, projects. Someday, when there's nothing else to do.........

Here's another source for crates that are quite similar but they're $24 each and also currently out of stock:

 
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RWyatt

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Woodworking is one of my hobbies and it would be easy enough to make crates that are identical to the Michaels crates. But my wife and daughter always find ways to keep me busy with other, more pressing, projects. Someday, when there's nothing else to do.........

Here's another source for crates that are quite similar but they're $24 each and also currently out of stock:

I saw those. Out of Stock for the last 9 months....I check every so often.
 

Bach6032

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I saw those. Out of Stock for the last 9 months....I check every so often.
And here's the source of what I'm sure also was the vendor to Michaels. Minimum order now 500, not 1000. The price range, based on quantity ordered, is $3.00 - $6.00. The image looks absolutely identical to the ones I purchased from Michaels. As to the link I shared earlier (Soda Emporium), I seem to recall that the price of shipping just about doubled the cost of a single crate.

 

Lunting Lifestyle

Did you bring a shrubbery?
NICE! Especially like the homemade soda crates and, like you, wish that the prefab ones (especially those from Michaels) still were available. Also like the banker's lamp. Yours looks different from most out there and appears much more substantial.

For what it's worth, a couple of years or so ago I wrote to someone at the Michaels corporate office who confirmed that: a) they no longer sell the soda crates, and b) they likely will not carry them again. I actually did find a source for the very crates they sold and the price was astonishingly low. Only problem was that the minimum order was 1,000. If any of you have 24,000 jars of tobacco, though, I might be able to find that vendor again....

Seeing your setup also makes me wish that we had a color printer--the jar lids are 40 times better in color.
@Bach6032 Thanks! There’s still more updates I’d like to do, but it’ll happen as I have time.

I have another bankers lamp with a brass square base I liked better, but the one in my office now doubles as a wireless charger for my phone (one less wire to clutter the desk). It also has a USB standard and “c” port on the base. Here’s the Amazon link if your interested:

FIRVRE Glass Bankers Desk Lamp USB Wireless Charging Port LED Desk Lamp Classic Retro Pull Chain Switch Table lamp Reading Modern for Home Office nightstand Bedside Study Desk Library (Green) https://a.co/d/bFlSPc0

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Photo paper and a nicer color printer (already had one so why not use it) for the labels, although I dislike the cost of replacement on the multiple ink cartridges. It’s convenient, but probably cheaper to have CVS or Walgreens print them.
 

Bach6032

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@Bach6032 Thanks! There’s still more updates I’d like to do, but it’ll happen as I have time.

I have another bankers lamp with a brass square base I liked better, but the one in my office now doubles as a wireless charger for my phone (one less wire to clutter the desk). It also has a USB standard and “c” port on the base. Here’s the Amazon link if your interested:

FIRVRE Glass Bankers Desk Lamp USB Wireless Charging Port LED Desk Lamp Classic Retro Pull Chain Switch Table lamp Reading Modern for Home Office nightstand Bedside Study Desk Library (Green) https://a.co/d/bFlSPc0

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Photo paper and a nicer color printer (already had one so why not use it) for the labels, although I dislike the cost of replacement on the multiple ink cartridges. It’s convenient, but probably cheaper to have CVS or Walgreens print them.
OK, that's very cool and it explains the unusual design of your banker's lamp. I have a wireless cellphone charger on my desk and could wish that it were integrated into the banker's lamp (like you, I'd appreciate one less wire/device on the desk surface--would make more room for tobacco).

Luckily, I found my banker's lamp on eBay and it's made of cast brass and verde indio marble; it weighs a proverbial ton. It also has a capacitance (touch-activated) three-level dimmer built in, a feature that I very much enjoy. The shade, however, is a 'duck bill' design and I live in fear of breaking it. It would be tough-to-impossible to replace.
 

Lunting Lifestyle

Did you bring a shrubbery?
Woodworking is one of my hobbies and it would be easy enough to make crates that are identical to the Michaels crates. But my wife and daughter always find ways to keep me busy with other, more pressing, projects. Someday, when there's nothing else to do.........

Here's another source for crates that are quite similar but they're $24 each and also currently out of stock:

Those are nice crates! I would have bought immediately if I found one. @RWyatt you can try setting an alert for availability on those. I haven’t used it in a while, but the IFTTT app used to be helpful with a bit of work if a website doesn’t have an email / alert feature.
 

Lindsberg

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Do you find it hard smoking on campus? Also, do you have a pouch you carry along with you with your essential pipe items? I'm trying to picture how the prep goes in between classes. I'm assuming once you're pretty good at it it's not as cumbersome as I find it to be as a newer smoker.


Very relaxing spot, nice fence!


This is a true wfh setup, 4 screens, 3 keyboards! You even have the mini fan set up, this is actually more important to me because I tend to have warm/sweaty hands!


The shop of a craftsman I see. This picture art! I'm also a new homeowner and tool collector, one day I'll hopefully get to that level!
Ah yes mate, I use to smoke between classes on the campus, or most of the times, at the botanical garden. There I have a favourite bench, facing some around 300 y.o. oak trees. Imagine that. With a pipe, non aromatics, cup of tea, may'haps another piper.

But when I'm home, I like to smoke on my terrace, or rarely at bad times in my room whilst studying something interesting like ecology or forest protection
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