Right, I've had it.
For years this has been giving me problems. It's a right old mess, I have no idea what to do with it and even though it doesn't take up a lot of space, it still manages to waste the space it occupies.
No, this isn't an autobiography; I'm talking about this abomination of a desk / working area.
Sorry for the click bait.
So some of you will know that I study Furniture: Design and Make as a Degree at Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford. Being a degree that can loosely be put under the 'Art' category, this inevitably means that a sketchbook must be submitted at the end of every year. Fortunately, in my case this only has to be A3. Unfortunately, this desk, or lectern if we wanted to be more descriptive, can hardly even accommodate a small notepad, let alone an entire sketchbook when my PC is in place.
I'm constantly knocking things off the side, loosing things down the small gap at the back, cursing at the pull out tray and unintentionally creating knots out of wires that would even put a sailor to shame. (You know, those people that are known for their extensive knowledge of tying knots.)
The point at which I realised this absolute madness had to stop was when I dropped a pencil down the right hand side of the desk. Obviously, the word 'bollocks' was quietly muttered shortly before reaching down to retrieve my lost goods. However, while rummaging a slight tickling sensation was felt on my forearm. Swiftly, I yanked my arm out only for a spider comparable to that one in Harry Potter to mince out afterwards. Nope.
I can deal with spiders pretty well, however the paranoia has now set in that the 50mm gap between the desk and the wall is somewhat similar to the crevice that King Kong makes the filmmakers fall into in the movie. Giant spiders, crabs, scorpions and those weird leech things that eat that guys head and limbs.
Anyway I digress. The short story is that it's time for change. In the coming weeks, I'll be documenting the progress of building the desk, as well as uploading a YouTube video once it's complete that will give an overview of the entire project. I'll inform you of new blogs via my Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter so if you don't follow me on any of those platforms, you can find the links below or via the 'Social Media' drop down menu at the top of the page.
The next blog post will be focused on the design of the desk and how I go about executing it.
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I'm Matt Estlea, a student at Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford, currently studying a BA Degree in Furniture: Design and Make. I also work at the Basingstoke branch of Axminster Tools and Machinery on weekends and have an unhealthy obsession with cats.