BW: Did the building turn out the way you envisioned? Would you do anything differently if you had it to do over again? KC: It is pretty much like I envisioned, but I did a lot of envisioning. Only then can it help you – whether you are an expert woodworker or a starter. If slow and steady wins the race, then the Cochran men of Arley, Ala. are champions of woodworking, meticulously crafting wood furniture from salvaged trees acquired at national forests in South Alabama and Florida. BW: What made you decide to purchase a steel building? KC: We chose a SteelMaster Building, and we did so because of the shape, durability, material, and cost. A big reason we chose our particular steel building was also because we could build it with minimal assistance. Then it took Dylan and me about another week to get all the bolts in and tight. Another big reason we chose SteelMaster is because once it was up, we were covered and able to work in the dry to frame up the inside and exterior walls.
I even had the insurance inspector tell me I should stop building furniture and build these buildings. Anything else you would have to frame up and roof all in the elements, which could have taken us a whole lot longer. BW: When did you start the building process, and when were you finished? Was it difficult to add the wood element, and what type of wood did you use? This is where it can help, by showing the process in detail. Beginners can also get the entire database of thousands of woodworking plans they can work on. A good course should at least offer a minimum of 10,000 ideas about various projects. BW: What kind of reaction have you gotten from people who have seen the building? But a really good course should take all this into account and it should be prepared in such a way so that it offers value to everyone.
Are you someone who like to do-everything-yourself? For us, the wood element was easy to work in, but we are all master woodworkers. The wood we used was mostly longleaf pine for the framing, which was salvaged and harvested from the two storms and sawed locally. The exterior siding is eastern red cedar. Each step has been clearly described so that it is easy to understand it. The instructions are supported with detailed blueprints and schematics. And there are supporting videos as well that show how a professional does it. They will have an idea about what to build. A course can definitely help you. You should certainly go for a woodwork course if you are a beginner, but these courses are good for expert woodworkers too. You can make almost anything you wanted – a planter bench, picnic table, dog house, barbecue trolley, garden wheelbarrow, patio chair, trash can, a solar machine shop, gun cabinets, absolutely anything. It provides in-depth instructions. Really good woodworking courses offer detailed step-by-step instructions for each woodworking project.
This training will naturally make you confident about picking up the tools and go for the project you want to work on. One hit a week after the building was delivered, and another small one hit when we had about three or four loose sections up. We lashed everything down and suffered no consequences. You could work on it yourself, or you can make it a family working together on the project and helping each other, and this will certainly strengthen the family bond too. This allows you to spend some quality time with the family, and woodworking will give you that excuse. There is really no need for you to be a pro. The doors are walnut and white oak, the back decks are made of treated yellow pine, and the big door frames are salvaged heart pine beams. When it came time to build a woodworking shop and home for Dylan Cochran, part owner of Wood Studio, he and his brother Keith and father Randy chose an arched steel structure that fit their criteria as artisans.
Naturally, the requirement of a beginner is always different than that of an expert. The result is a haven for the family to live, work, and dream in together. Brenda Welch talked to Keith Cochran about his plans to build a family woodworking compound, and why they chose to build with steel. BW: What is housed in your steel building? The reaction is always positive! So we use it as somewhat of a Wood Studio show house of sorts. I have plans for many more SteelMaster projects in the future at this location, financing permitted. In fact, you could be a complete beginner at woodworking, and yet be hugely successful – you must just join one of the many woodworking courses. the training that you need to become successful. Woodworking courses are a must for the beginners, as they can gain from the detailed step-by-step directions for every project plan.