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Artist To Draw Every Single Thing in His Late Grandfather’s Workshop

A lot of people have fond memories of our parents’ and grandparents’ workshops. And we have a sentimental attachment to the musty smell of old wood shavings, the dusty jars filled with rust-mottled screws, the drawers tumbling over with ancient screwdrivers. For tinkerers, a worktable is like an altar to human industry and mechanical possibility. And a workshop borders on the sacred—a hallowed space, like a church.

When artist Lee John Phillip’s grandfather passed away, he left behind a workshop—its shelves buckling with decades of things that might prove useful someday. Phillips estimates that his grandfather collected well over 100,000 different objects—pliers, jars, brackets, and project scraps. As a memorial to his late grandfather, Phillips is going to draw every single thing in the workshop. And he is documenting The Shed Project, as he calls it, on Instagram.

“I am currently cataloguing the entire contents of my late grandfather’s tool shed. I estimate the project to take around 5 years and will involve me illustrating in excess of 100,000 items,” Phillips explains.

Check out some of the work he’s done already:

Drawing up some favoured items for my guessing game prize. #theshedproject #drawing #grandfathers #shed #art #artist #illustrator #illustration #fineart #wip #sketchbook #journal #moleskine #moleskinearts #challenge #tools #screwdriver #manstuff #pembrokeshire #aberbargoed #wales #staedtler #staedtlermars #marsmatic #linedrawingy #kleintools #old #newmindsoldsouls #stanleytools

A photo posted by @leejohnphillips on Mar 5, 2015 at 1:11pm PST

Finished. Ready to get scanned and framed. #theshedproject #drawing #grandfathers #shed #art #artist #illustrator #illustration #fineart #wip #sketchbook #journal #moleskine #moleskinearts #challenge #tools #screwdriver #manstuff #pembrokeshire #aberbargoed #wales #staedtler #staedtlermars #marsmatic #linedrawingy #kleintools #old #newmindsoldsouls #stanleytools A photo posted by @leejohnphillips on Mar 23, 2015 at 7:15am PDT

He even has rules for The Shed Project, which he’s shared with his Instagram followers:

These are the rules that govern this project. Also, don’t demolish a wall with your drawing pen in your pocket. Managed to snap my 0.35 clean in half yesterday. Make’do’n’mend! #theshedproject #drawing #grandfathers #shed #art #artist #illustrator #illustration #fineart #wip #sketchbook #journal #moleskine #moleskinearts #challenge #tools #manstuff #pembrokeshire #aberbargoed #wales #staedtler #staedtlermars #marsmatic #linedrawing #old #volume2 #igerwales

A photo posted by @leejohnphillips on Jul 28, 2015 at 12:55am PDT

And yes, he will document every single object in the work shed. Every single screw. Every single nail. Every single nut and bolt. And he’s numbering all of them:

Good start to volume 2 today. Done in one sitting. Body is really not impressed by that. #theshedproject #drawing #grandfathers #shed #art #artist #illustrator #illustration #fineart #wip #sketchbook #journal #moleskine #moleskinearts #challenge #tools #manstuff #pembrokeshire #aberbargoed #wales #staedtler #staedtlermars #marsmatic #linedrawing #old #volume2 #igerwales

A photo posted by @leejohnphillips on Jun 30, 2015 at 9:16am PDT

Follow Lee John Phillips’s progress and The Shed Project on Instagram.
All photos from @leejohnphillips, via Daily Dot.

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