My Dad had a shed. It was wonderful. Everything had a place, from the oddments of timber to the jars of old nails that he had painstakingly bent back into shape. It was a place that I was allowed to visit – occasionally – but only the proviso that I didn’t stay long, and I didn’t interfere with whatever happened to be going on.
He would have been a great supporter of Menzshed:
It is a place where men can go to, socialise, have a yarn, be creative, share ideas, share skills and spend time with other men while working.
Men are the primary focus and are seen as the most in need of what Menzshed have to offer. The website shows plenty of activity and branches throughout the country.
TheToolsheds community in Christchurch has focused on the Kiwi statehouses of the 30s and 40s that were often built with wonderful tool sheds in the back garden
The plan is to rescue a large handful of them from demolition in Christchurch’s earthquake red zone and turn them into port-a-com units for use by adventurous community groups.
Perhaps you fancy setting up a shed of your own? In The Dark night of the shed: Men, the mid-life crisis, spirituality and sheds the author decided to build a shed to give himself the space to think, and to perhaps curtail the midlife crisis that was fast encroaching in the form of lycra, buying a new sportscar or starting an affair.
If you prefer your sheds with a bit more ‘how to’ and less angst then Backyard building might be a good start, and if like me you like looking but not necessarily actually doing anything then My Cool Shed: An Inspirational Guide to Stylish Hideaways and Workspaces could be just the ticket.