Shop Design: My workshop in northern Spain
Israel Martin renovated an 18th-century stone house in the Cantabria region of northern Spain for his all-hand-tool workshop.
Synopsis: Israel Martin renovated an 18th-century stone house in the Cantabria region of northern Spain for his all-hand-tool workshop. He built all the workbenches and cabinets, too. With inspiration from Garrett Hack, he’s established himself as one of the very few Spanish furniture makers who works strictly with hand tools.
My house and shop are in a village of 15 people in the Cantabria region in northern Spain, near Basque country. Our little village is surrounded by fields and small forests of chestnut, oak, ash, and hazelnut. When my wife and I came here from Madrid (where I was born) we bought and renovated two adjoining old stone houses that were pretty much in ruins. one is from the end of the 19th century, and it became our house. The one beside it, where my shop is, dates from the end of the 18th century. like all the houses…