We caught up with Tommy just before the Holiday to learn a little more about the potting station project, his road trip and his gardening skills.
1) The potting station doesn’t seem that daunting at first glance. What aspects of the project were a bigger challenge than you expected?
Tommy: Nothing really. That’s kind of why I built it. It’s actually a really easy project. Anyone can do it. And you can rip and cut all the pieces for the project from the same sized stock. All you need are those nine or ten 1 x 10s.
2) On your trip to the Massachusetts Horticulture Association, curator David Fiske showed you some of the necessary elements to a potting station. Were there any that surprised you?
Tommy: Not particularly, actually. It’s a pretty straight forward project. It’s a couple of benches and a couple of shelves. What’s cool about the project are the other potential uses for it. If you don’t want to use it as a potting station, you can use it as a BBQ station, which is what Al [D'Attanasio] does. He has it next to gas grill and hooks it up with all his BBQ accessories and equipment. It could be a serving station or something for an outdoor kitchen.
3) Do you spend any time in the garden? Have any favorite plants?
Tommy: Well, me and Rachel just bought the new house and I do have a bit of green thumb, so we’ll be putting in tomatoes and stuff this spring. Favorite plant? I guess you could say my favorite flowers are roses. They’re difficult to grow, but I like them. And I eat tomatoes all the time. Potatoes and tomatoes, five times a week!
We hope all you woodworkers out there have a very Happy Holidays!
See you 2012!