Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Charles Schulz: shedworker

Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts cartoons, was a very happy shedworker. His Californian art studio in Sonoma County, rural Sebastopol (pictured above) was where he documented the lives of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, et al, working from around 8.30am in the morning after driving his children to school, until about 4pm every day. He stayed there for lunch, usually a ham sandwich and a glass of milk, surrounded by the peaceful woods of the 28-acre propertly. You can see more interior shots at Press Democrat. The spacious studio has been largely left untouched but the owners have added a bed and rent it out to guests.

A recreation of his studio is on permanent display at the Charles Schultz Museum in the state's Santa Rosa. Among items on display are the drawing board he used to work on, his desk and shelves stacked with his own books, gifts, photos, and memorabilia.
In 1966, the original art studio was gutted in a fire. Schulz made use of the event in a story about Snoopy's doghouse also being destroyed by flames that year. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Monday, November 18, 2019

Garden office designed for customer with mobility issues

This bespoke garden office in Box Hill, Corsham, is from Swift Garden Rooms. It measures 5m x 3m and in addition to the black cladding and comprehensive insulation, has a multipurpose internal space which has been designed specifically for theclient's needs. As mobility issues are a key issue in this build, it has been designed with future-proof elements such as three leaf sliding doors with an ultra-low threshold. Swift's engineers/designers also incorporated additional internal wall strength to accommodate anchor points for specialised therapeutic exercise equipment.
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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Traditional offices could be obsolete by 2030, says new report

An interesting report from integrated web applications specialists Zapier in the US suggests that the writing is on the wall for 'traditional' offices. In their latest study, around three-quarters of knowledge workers said they would be keen to leave a job which didn't permit working from home and jump to on that did, more than 40% said working from home was more productive than being in a 'normal' office (just under a third), and two-thirds of those questioned believe that the current idea of an 'office' will becom obsolete by 2030 for most roles.

They were also asked why they wanted to work from home and here are the top reasons:
  1. Save money — 48%
  2. Work from anywhere — 47%
  3. Spend more time with their family — 44%
  4. More productive at home — 35%
  5. Better for their mental health. — 29%
  6. It’s more environmentally sustainable — 23%
  7. Spend more time with pets — 18%
  8. Relocate somewhere more affordable – 16%
  9. Make it easier when they start a family - 16%
  10. Care for aging parents – 16%


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Saturday, November 16, 2019

The secret life of sheds

A nice little piece in the FT by Emily Rhodes takes a look at the rise of rather luxurious bespoke garden offices. Here's a snippet:
"The desire for “secret space” — in the form of a bespoke, contemporary and spacious garden shed — is driving an entire architectural trend. “The sense of separation is really important,” says Jonathan Silver, an architect whose Pavilion, an “undeniably modern” shed structure, sits in the garden of his own west London flat. “You really get away; you can shut the door.”"
Well worth a read (via the link above) and you will see some builds featured previously on Shedworking with some chit chat from their owners and designers. ------------------------------------------------------
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Friday, November 15, 2019

Roald Dahl's writing shed: Miss Spider and the Hut

Here's a view of Roald Dahl's writing hut that many people will not have seen, as imagined by Ralph Steadman in the book The Roald Dahl Treasury, in ink, watercolour and acrylic with a photographic collage centrepiece. In Miss Spider and the Hut, Steadman portrays the first creature that James (of Giant Peach fame) meets on his adventures, here in mushroom fields looming above the writer's shed. Steadman said of the shed: "The room reminded me of an aeroplane cockpit. This was his creative space capsule inside which his imagination blossomed with wild, mischievous ideas."

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

New issue of The Scottish Shedder out now

The November issue of the official newsletter of the Scottish Men's Sheds Association - The Scottish Shedder - is out now (download it here). Excellent as always, it features articles about the Stonehaven & District Men’s Shed which recycles prosthetic limbs for Africa, the Scottish ‘Shed of the Year’ Award runners-up, and how Dingwall Men’s Shed has secured ‘Licence to Occupy’ for its new home, and much, much more. A great read. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Diary of a Somebody by Brian Bilston

If you're looking for a suitable Christmas present for the shedworker in your life, then Diary of a Somebody by Brian Bilston (the slightly strangely monikered 'poet laureate of Twitter') might be a consideration. In no other novel of 2019 does a garden office play such a part and certainly not in such a major way on the front cover.

Featuring plenty of his cleverly devised poems and a plot about a marketing executive looking for love and a career as a writer, the central character Brian is let go from his job about halfway through the novel and decides this is the moment when he needs to buy a writing shed garden office with his £15,000 redundancy money. He is excited about it well before it arrives - here he is on May 28 writing about his furnishing purchases:

"I stuck to the essentials: a writing desk and chair, two floor-to-ceiling bookcases, an antique Remington typewriter, a whiteboard for brainstorming writerly thoughts, a desk lamp, a standing lamp, some curtains, a rug, a small wood-burning stove, a yoga mat, two tins of Lapsang Souchong, coffee machine, two packets of fair-trade Sumatran kopi luwak coffee, a neo-Dada abstract painting by up-and-coming artist Monica Bannerjee, three cushions, three Penguin Classics cushion covers, a footbath, a min-fridge, and an antique globe mini-bar."

The text does not go into detail about the type of garden office, but it's obviously a decent one since it take "a team of four experienced shed-builders a whole day to assemble it" and it has cedar cladding. Moreover, it seems warm enough in winter so must have proper insulation. Once finished, Brian proudly describes it as "not so much a writing shed as un palais jardinière des lettres". He goes on to say: "It is magnificent! A Wi-Fi-free oasis for literary endeavour. A cedar-clad creative hub!"

The shed goes on to play a significant part in the plot when the police arrive following the disappearance of Brian's poetic nemesis (who, it is also hinted at, also has a writing shed). --------------------------------------
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

'Brexit bunker" garden office

This full-width garden office in London by Rise Design Studio is not only an unusual shape but was built to complement the railway which runs behind the property. The owner has christened the 15 square metre build the 'Brexit bunker'. It's well insulated and clad in black mild steel which will weather naturally, while inside is finished in what has become one of the major trends for 2019, birch plywood.

Photos by Edmund Sumner

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Save 25% on the new Haynes Shed Manual

You can currently save 25% off the rrp of the Haynes' Practical Lifestyle Manuals which includes my Haynes Shed Manual (as well as fitness, space, etc) co-written with John Coupe. Let me remind you that it was described as "A thing of beauty" (and by implication, a joy forever) by none other than The Sunday Sport. For details, click here.  -------------------------------------------------
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