I'm going to record a bunch of stuff in a wood workshop this weekend and am preparing a list of what I want to capture. Thought I would throw it out here to see if anyone has any ideas that I might have missed. I know there's table, band and chop saws as well as various hand power tools and a big old chainsaw. Given a day in a workshop what would you record?
One thing that's sorely missing from my library is lumber being stacked, dropped, etc. Would be GREAT if you could record some of that from many different perspectives, close and distant, interior and exterior. And not so that it sounds like a big white-noisy wood crash, but rather to capture that distinctive "pang" (or whatever) that you hear when logs or lumber are impacted.
Very hard to answer just like that, but that gnarly chainsaw would be something I'd put a lot of time into! Actually I recorded about an hour of the same chainsaw myself last time I had the chance at any angle and distance possible...and then I found a brushcutter :-)
Jeez,I get a warm fuzzy feeling just thinking of that wonderful brushcutter!
Anyway, if I where you, I'd prepare on set with a notebook and take a note of absolutely everything I could find. Then I would go through the notes systematically, recording every single piece until I'm good with that, moving on to the next on the list, adding new entries as I found them, but not straying too much from the list if possible as to not risking forgetting something important.
Remember to get every item from as many different positions and distances as possible. It's virtually impossible to predict exactly what you'll need at any given time in the future, so rather much too much than a little too little.
jig saw, routers, circular saw, orbital sanders (different grades)
Don't forget manual tools too! Plane, sandpaper (different grades), files, hammer and chisel.
A wood burning kit if they have one
I'd probably go for more of the manual stuff personaly.
Also, With so many combinations, I would bring along a friend to take good notes. Write down what type of tool, what brand, etc. Also mark perspectives and mishaps (no finger misshaps though). Sometimes it's nice to capture a blade getting jammed.
You'll have quite the catalogue!
I think a lot of the sounds you'll discover when you're there/after you've seen the place rather than planning beforehand (although I do think planning beforehand is vitally important).
Make sure you keep your eyes (and ears) open for anything that looks/sounds interesting, even if it's unrelated to the topic.
Also, when you record it - slate it before/after the recording so you can remember what it is during the editing stage!