Step 1: Collect a bunch of junk and tools

I guess I'm sort of biased here, but I think its important to hoard interesting things.  All of my projects develop out of this habit.  So naturally its the place to begin this instructable. 
I was fortunate enough to have been the Artist in Residence at the San Francisco Dump a few years ago, and have managed to retain the privilege to salvage there.  Scrap yards and second hand stores such as Urban Ore are also frequent sources for materials.
Of course, all these resources would be meaningless without some sort of facility to re-work  them.  My studio has evolved over the years to be just the sort of place to accomplish this.
I use a wide variety of grinders and sanders to clean old material, as well as many hand tools to disassemble these things for parts.  I've come to depend heavily on my collection of wrenches, pliers and screw drivers for this purpose (these links point to Craftsman tools, can you tell I'm entering this instructable in the Crafstman tools contest?). 

In the final images for this step you can see my studio and some of my equipment. The scooter being worked on in one photo was the subject of one of my previous instructables. You can see it here. The same goes for my Praying Mantis sculpture seen in another photo.
Such stunning work Nemo. It takes quite a talent to create a working kinetic sculptor that also looks beautiful and stylish. I've just been to the Sharmanka exhibition in the Theatre Museum in Glasgow where the work of Eduard Bersudsky, created in a small bedsit in Stalinist Russia, is now displayed. I love the mad genius of your work!
This is an awesome project! Do you sell most of the stuff you make? Cause this is an amazing one of a kind project!
Thanks Miatch. I do make my living (barely) by selling these projects. Its just a matter of matching the right piece with the right person.
Hi Nemo, your works are really great. How much do you sell them for roughly ?
Hi, glad you like. My price range is as wide as the range of scale of my projects. From the smallest (8 inches or so tall = $400-$800) up to the largest (8 feet or so tall = $10,000-$25,000). Mechanical complexity and time involved in building are also factors.
Wow, that's slot of money. Good for you!<br>
Inspiring !
Apart from a smashing workshop, (jealous as hell) really love the lathe and Miller! Me thinks when the kids have grown up, there's gonna be some changes.;0) Love the robot...something that can stand on the mantlepiece as a talking point! Don't stop now!
Great Robot!! I'm very envious of your workshop, you have all the equipment that I am saving up for - well done!
Hey everybody, thanks for all the kind words!
I love Urban Ore! I get so many ideas from just walking around, although nothing as cool as this. I'm so glad this was featured - I'm enjoying your work quite a bit. Thanks for giving us a peek into the process :)
It's funny I sometimes refer to that place as my therapist. If I'm in a foul mood, I can often turn it around just by rummaging through their endless aisles of crap.<br>Thanks for the support.
I am in awe - BRAVO!
So fantastic! Your work is wonderful, interesting and amazing and makes me smile :)
thats pretty slick
What a Trip in the junkyard...subtle job
Wow, gorgeous. And the keyhole eyes are remarkably expressive!
What can I say- it's beautiful. Fantastic design and execution.

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Bio: I am a kinetic sculptor who works from found materials.
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