I'm working on designing a new studio area and I'm trying to
plan my benches. In doing so, I've come to the realization that
every bench I've seen in the bench exchange has a chair or someone
sitting. I currently work with wire and I do some fabrication with
sheet and on the whole I much prefer standing to work. I have my
bench set up currently so that everything I do is standing except
when I'm using the jeweler's saw. I plan on extending more fully
into smithing and soldering as well as lampworking. Am I crazy to
think I can do most of these things standing? Would it be
detrimental to build my benches at a height comfortable for
standing? Does everyone out there in Orchidland sit while working?
I do most of my working while standing, but I also do it out on my
balcony. One of these days, I’ll get a picture up in the bench
I will say, however, that in the peculiar form of glass lampworking
practiced by those who work with neon, everything except for glass
welding is done standing up. By further comparison, woodworking
generally has much that is done standing up.
If you are used to it, it’s probably a good thing. It gives you a
lot more mobility, a much better ability to leap away from a sheet of
flames from a misconfigured burner so as to not roast one’s hair
(voice of experience here), and is probably more egronomic for many
operations. I find that in fine-detail work you are often hunched
over anyways and should just sit down.
The only benefit to sitting down is that people generally sit at the
same height, but stand at different heights.
Ken “Wirehead” Wronkiewicz \ \ /
http://www.wirewd.com/wh/ \ \