The Lab is a heavily insulated, 30′ x 60′ workshop. It has 12′ doors on each of its four sides to catch the breeze and to bring the relaxed feel of the surrounding grounds into the workshop. A large 7′ x 12′ insulated pocket door connects the main area to a separate climate controlled finishing room with rack storage for completed works.
Below the 18′ ridge in the main room, is an I-beam with hoists to enable artists to work on large, heavy pieces. The hoists also simplify the loading and unloading of materials and artworks brought in through the 12’ doors.
The many large tables constructed from leftover purlins and fitted with heavy duty wheels, not only provide work space for a number of artists but also aid in the movement of artworks and materials between the workshop areas. They can also be easily locked together in different configurations to provide very large works surfaces as required for projects.
When daylight is not sufficient, the shop has eight high powered T8 fluorescent lights.
Each work area runs off a different power circuit and outlets have been installed every 5′ along each of the walls to enable a number of artists to work concurrently.
Other structures on the property provide interior and exterior works spaces for artists whether they want to work with others, or find some private space to develop their ideas and create in solitude.
The range of equipment and materials continues to grow as demand dictates. Fe29 currently provides metal, wood working and jewelry equipment as well as items required by sculptors, painters, etc.
Fe29 continues to build its supply of materials which currently includes a variety of timbers, metal (copper, steel, zinc, etc), paint, and an increasingly impressive range of found objects.
Additional offsite facilities are provided by artists and businesses in the area with whom Fe29 has developed mutually beneficial relationships. These facilities offer additional space and in some cases, specialized equipment.