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    So I’m getting a workspace ready and moving some things in and our the room and my wife remarks ” oh good you have a plug over here  so you can put a radio in” – and I have to admit – I was kind of shocked at my immediate thoughts ofwhat would be an intrusion to my solitude and attack on my senses.

    then I thought might be nice to have some backround noise… but then immediately back to  the feeling of intrusion in my creative space? just curious see what other thoughts are out there… Radio or no?

    Ontario, Canada


    Hi Brian,

    Good question.

    I have a Radio/Alarm Clock/CD combo player.  I don’t play the radio because reception at my house is lousy.  However, sometimes I play CDs and other times not.  It depends on my mood.  If I’m planing or sawing then I usually will play some banjo music.  It actually relaxes me and makes me take myself less serious.  If cleaning, then some 60’s easy listening.  When doing layouts I want quiet because I really want to think about what I’m doing.  As I said, it depends on my mood and what I am doing.  🙂





    I almost always listen to the radio when working wood. That’s an advantage of working with hand tools. I can still hear what’s happening though. Another advantage for me is that I don’t have to listen to the annoying pigeons outside 🙂 I can’t appreciate their sound, but that’s another story.


    I have an ipod (set to shuffle) permanently playing. It’s important to have a remote control so you can answer the phone if you need to, or pause the music, answer the door, concentrate etc.




    I have a radio that is usually playing some innocuous classical/eclectic/ambient music or public radio station, but I have it on so low that you can hardly hear. Somehow it breaks the silence and is strangely comforting while I am absorbed in my work.




    -Scott Los Angeles


    Thanks all for replying so far.. I guess once I get it more set up and the workspace more defined we’ll see how I feel. We live in a fairly new sub-division so there aren’t many birds in the spring / summer, and our long winters with short days I may find something like classical soothing, or a sounds of nature CD or something to break the quiet.

    thanks for taking the time to reply everyone.


    Ontario, Canada


    Sometimes yes …sometimes no.

    Texas, USA


    I.will at times be so consumed with working I don’t even think of listening to the radio.  Other times I will listen to pandora and now that baseball is in season I will probably be listening to the cubs.


    I have a radio in the workshop. Like Scott I have it on so low that you can hardly hear it, nice for a coffee break. Mmmm good Idea 🙂

    David Gill

    I find the radio an important part of my workspace I like it to be on a Talk station (5 live) the radio along with plenty of tea and coffee all help to create my ideal environment

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    Frankie Lee

    I turn on my music the moment I go into my shed, it’s the first thing I do. I copy every album I buy and keep the copy in the shed. I just go from album to album. I never listen to music radio, just talk radio(Radio 5 live, Talksport etc) I suffer from quite loud tinitus, so I like some background noise so that I don’t concentrate on the tinitus.


    One advantage of hand woodworking method is that you can listen classical music into background while you are working wood. Well, this is my personal taste, you can listen rock&roll, but if you are really nostalgic you can plug a power router to remember the screams of your old woodworking methods 😉

    Best regards from Catalonia,


    With love, best regards from Catalonia.


    I generally take my iPod into the shop with me and then get so engrossed in what I’m doing that I forget to use it 😀

    When it is on, I’m usually listening to Radio 4 productions of Agatha Christie Murder Mysteries.

    Keep Calm and have a Cup of Tea


    I enjoy listening to music while I work. It’s relaxing (depending on the type music). Bluegrass is my favorite!

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    John Purser

    I thought I’d like music out there but when it came right down to it I wanted quiet when I was working on something. Music was fine when I was cleaning up and putting things away but usually I forgot to turn it on.

    John Purser
    Hubert, NC

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