Sheffield Guitar Studio is based at Harland Works, a former file and saw manufacturers built some time in the late 19th Century. It has been and important part of Sheffield’s rich industrial history as part of Little Sheffield and the John Street triangle (which includes other well known works such as Stag Works and Portland Works).
The area is enjoying a renaissance in recent years, with many small businesses, makers and artists occupying the former works and carrying on the tradition of local people crafting a living in humble surroundings.
I lovingly restored Unit 13, painstakingly scraping and scrubbing the characterful old floorboards (complete with industrial-strength muck and mire) and painting the whole room. It’s now a serene and stylish space to work, where music is the main focus. The studio is open by appointment only, between the hours of 10am and 9pm, Monday to Thursday. If you’re visiting during the day, I’d seriously recommend popping to the Harland Cafe, for their great coffee, and wonderful homemade meals and cakes.
A nice shot of the ‘characterful’ floorbards.
A bird’s-eye (on a chair) view of the main work area.
I’m a bit fixated on the floorboards – maybe due to the TWO FULL DAYS I spent cleaning them!
The studio is kind of part-office, part-vintage shop.
My giant victorian map of the Porter Brook, for the Sheffield Wheels project.
Thos pesky (but handsome) floorboards, with a cameo from photographers boots.
Close up of the pinboard, featuring many Sheffield-related happenings.
My retro diner chair, as uncomfortable as it looks.
The Sheffield local studies shelf, research for the Sheffield Wheels project.
Where I spend most of my time.
Hang your had and coat, and make yourself at home!
LvB looks on, menacingly from the windowsill, while practising his Scouse dialect (I lived in LIverpool for 15 years before moving to Sheffield).
The view, of Stag Works, from the studio window.
The north (or, left) wall.
A place to order my many and varied thoughts and tangents!
My humble but ample recording setup on the home made trestle desk.
Some grafity from previous tenants, a very fun song structure. Would love to see this band play.