New Guinean Tall den

Den 71.jpgI had a great family weekend! A trip to London zoo (superb), a great shared Church lunch to say a sad but fun farewell to our Rector as he heads for pastures new; and importantly, lots of time fettling in the garden.
The results of the fettling being that the new den for my daughter is 75% complete and looking very cool (in a ‘Heath Robinson’ sort of a way given the random door and windows).
This is the first elevated shed den I have built and I’m quite pleased with the result …….. maybe upward expansion at the ‘national shed museum’ is the way to go.
There is a large recycled element to the construction with discarded windows, cupboard doors and front doors forming a major part of the fabric. I have an old set of wooden stepladders to create a staircase up to the door, but am currently trying to think of a way of making some stained glass window for the triangles fore and aft under the roof.
The other thing that is vexing me is that I seemed to have failed to pass on the Creosote loving gene to my daughter, thus I will have to employ one of these new fangled soppy ineffectual cosmetic wood coatings with names like Timberlove or Woodycare!
Someone at Church suggested I have an ‘open shed’ afternoon! I’m liking the idea 🙂

It’s a sheddy business

shed part.jpgHaving written about youth ministry for five years, has there ever been a business deal approach from a major supplier of youth work resources?
There has not!
Has the blog ever generated enquiries from marketing agencies asking about web presence for their client?
Nope!
However when it comes to sheds (a mere aside on the blog) it’s a different story. I was amused and chuffed, no … chuffed and amused yesterday to be approached by a major shed supplier with the offer of a deal. *laughing* It’s true! Funny old world eh
Yours sincerely
Ian Macdonald
(shed engineer and wood-treatment consultant)

Decking 2, the second square

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Highly successful evening as I finished cutting the joints into the bearers and assembled them into the completed frame. My daughter was not convinced that we were, as I believed, having fun lifting the pieces into place in the pouring rain.
I’ve now got to build the pillars into the swamp that will support the frame and decking. The rain is actually quite useful as at any given moment I can tell instantly whether the intended direction of drainage is working or not without the need to mess around with a spirit-level.
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The plan is for it to be job-done by Sunday … and we can thus move into our outdoor summer …. I just need to find the ‘Beach boys’ CD and the sun-lounger. (eek, just looked at the above picture; does that fence seriously need creosoting or what!)

As sheds go it’s a bit plane

I’m normally a purist in terms of shed materials, wood every time! I do however recognize that railway goods carriages make fantastic sheds and they contain a fair amount of metal. The golden age for re-cycled railway sheds was presumably when Beeching killed off a fair chunk of the UK rail network. So, with the global economic crisis and environmental issues bringing the price of second hand aircraft down, this has to be the equivalent piece of imaginative re-use. A little lacking in wood maybe BUT a shed with a first class section AND if anyone breaks in, a Black box recorder to tell you who!
What’s not to like?
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Shedding the tradition 2

I love what ‘Beyond’ are doing in Brighton this year, they are running a day by day advent calender using beach huts! And as beach huts are really sheds ………. I’m adding this to the Christmas sheds series 🙂
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The web site of Beyond is here with pictures of each of the huts (so far) and here is the BBC South piece on the installations.

Shedding the tradition 1

The Bible is not very specific about the building Jesus was born in. It is very clear that geographically it was Bethlehem, however the specific details after that are only where it wasn’t, that is, “not in the Inn” (no room). Jesus was laid in a manger, we’re told, leading to the Stable or Cave scenarios that were the staple of Christmas cards before they had the Simpsons and/or Father Christmas on.
My point being, there is nothing in the text to suggest that Jesus wasn’t born in a shed, while textually very much allowing for the possibility! This thesis being further reinforced by the carol writers, “Once in Royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed
So, in the run up to Christmas I plan to post pictures of Sheds that connect in with a Christmas theme! (Contributions welcome).
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(ht to the readershed website)