Mobile Workshop and Studio

The mobile workshop and studio. 

After first learning how to carve bone while on my honeymoon in 2002, I felt like I had finally found what I was meant to do.  Bone carving has become my primary method of relaxation.  I can carve for 12 hours a day and be physically tired, but mentally at peace. 

I currently carve in my garage after work and on weekends.  However, I live in the Phoenix, AZ area, so it's really hot in my garage. With temperatures over 100+ for nearly half the year, I don't have the opportunity to carve as much as I would like.  A space where I can work freely and not worry about passing out from the heat would advance my goal of making carving my full-time job.

Another concern is air filtration.  Over time, inhaling bone dust can lead to a form of silicosis similar to what can occur with potters and miners.  I am currently making use of a HEPA filtration mask, however the addition of a fresh air system, also known as forced air, would greatly decrease any chance of long term adverse effects from carving.

How the prize would be used:
Should I win the $25000, it would go directly to the construction of my mobile studio.

I would start with purchasing plans from Portland Alternative Dwellings (  These plans would be modified to include space to install an air-conditioning unit, generator and a forced air system.

The following components would be purchased along with the materials for construction:  14' double-axle trailer, a Hobby Air Fresh Air respirator system (, a small RV air conditioner, an adequate generator, tools, lighting and electrical supplies.

Once the components have been collected, construction begins -- and so does the realization of a dream!

Adam Holden
DOB *entry accepted-date removed*



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    4 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Hope you get your dream workshop so you can share your talent and get some relief from the elements.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    What a talented artist, and I sure that if he had his own studio space it would help his business to flourish. I really hope he wins this contest. It takes dedicated to do art under those conditions.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    The fact that you work in such crazy hot conditions show how dedicated and passionate you are. I really hope you get your studio.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Phoenix is a rough place to do anything in the (9 months of) summer. Cool air and good (safe) ventilation are a Very Good Thing.