What every wood carver really needs is a dedicated place to do his carving...some place with good light, warmth and a place to leave tools out ready to use. A by-product of the kitchen counter project is the new 'studio'...in the furnace room. It is warmer than the garage, has light from the window, and makes good use of a large piece of the old kitchen counter.
Do you see the brightly colored green and yellow box? That is a very necessary part of any carver's kit...a box of bandaids! Toolboxes are on the shelf while gouges and sharpening stones are on the desk top. He's ready to carve!