The Creation Station is a dream of mine brought to life with the help of many but especially my husband Ryan.
Many years ago my stepdad, Hoss Waldorf, now deceased square dance caller and fabricator of just about anything, built a 4×8 trailer with a simple welded metal frame, wood sides and a hinged metal frame top. After initially using it to move Mom down to Orlando to live with us, it’s been dragged across the country a few times and otherwise used for a number of tasks. It’s received emergency welding treatment in numerous states but all in all has been a good faithful friend and travel companion.
As I dreamed of recreating our life, moving in to the Big Boy and going wherever our hearts lead, I began to have of a vision of a lifestyle that would definitely require my art supplies and tools. The Creation Station was born in my imagination. Pretty much everything in the way of art and craft supplies, sewing notions, fabric, essential hand and power tools, special papers, stickers, glue guns, etc came with.
Everything needed to be in a marked tub and needed to be accessible. As I described how I imagined our rickety trailer could be used on our Great Adventure, Ryan proceeded to bring the new improved version to life. He installed a new floor and new side panels, created 3 flap doors down the side and enclosed the top. He painted it in great vibrant colors, convenient leftovers from a previous project. The tongue of the trailer he fashioned into a housing for a battery deck to store the energy collected from 2 large solar panels on the trailer’s roof. This power is our primary juice especially when we go off grid.
To figure out how I wanted to configure the inside of the trailer, I measured it and taped off the equivalent space on the floor of the dining room. I then took a set of wooden shelves I salvaged from the curb and laid it on its side. All of my supplies, etc, I went through and organized and culled. Everything worth keeping was assigned to a small lidded tub. I have about 50 or so of them. When stacked, the labeled ends are facing the flap doors so that I can reach any of them without having to unpack the trailer. Lacings rigged from elastic hold them gently in position.
Hidden by the tubs, and accessible through the back gate of the trailer are the folding table, chairs and variety of power tools including our drill, assorted electrical saws, angle grinder and drimmel.
Within days after our adventure began, we were putting the contents of the Creation Station to good use. The dream of sharing art fun as we travel along has been coming true ever since but we’ve only just begun to explore the possibilities.