The Living Shed

For a long time, years in fact, I have intended to take some photos of the shed neat, finished (or at least as far as whatever development I had been working on was concerned), but it never happens.  It has taken as long to come to the realisation that it never will.  It isn’t that my shed isn’t functional, but it cannot be in a perfect state, because it is in a living state instead.

The shed (at least mine) is constantly evolving, changing, being improved upon, cleaned, organised.  But because it is a functional shed, it only ever gets modified/cleaned/organised just far enough for it to facilitate the next project.

Perhaps the only time a living shed is in a perfect state is about 5 seconds after it is finished being built.  But I doubt even then.  If it is anything like mine, it is already being put to use before it has had all the walls/roof/door(s) added!

Looking through a bunch of photos, there are not many of the shed as a whole, because I have always been waiting to take those when the shed was ‘ready’.  Instead, it is better just to take the photos anyway – a living shed is expected to be messy, and now with years of experience, I now know it is never ever really going to be fully organised/completed.  The shed is a tool to be used, not a location to be showcased.

The other part of that is, even though it is used for a lot of filming for this website, it is not a film studio.  It is not laid out for filming, fake, artificial.  It is a real location, used for real tasks (including serving in its primary role as a shed, which often means nothing more than a place to go and potter around doing things without any serious direction!) If I did have the shed set up as a film studio (as awesome as that would be), not only could I not fit in 1/2 of what I have, but I fear it would be a sterile location, and that would come across as well.

So to the living shed – a salute.  For what it is worth, I’ve dug up some photos of it evolution to date.

Circa 2001

The ‘shed’ started off as a 3mx3m that was on the property when we bought it.  In there I first had the starting lathe, then the bench I made for it, and the growing Triton collection – both tablesaw and router table.  It got cramped quick!

Circa 2003

By the time the next shed was added, huge changes were afoot, both on the property and those surrounding it.

Circa late 2010

Boy have things changed since then!

Circa 2003

Circa 2003

Thought the shed was messy at this point – how wrong was I!  Positively swimming in room, and dust.

Circa 2005

Signs of improved dust collection, organisation attempts on the wall (someone had a go about these containers on SawMill Creek’s bulletin board for some reason (holier than thou mentality I guess)).

Circa 2008

The shed got advanced in 2008 – the detritus took over for a while there and there was no other option.  Even so, the shed is still trying to recover – there are still many things out of place even 2 1/2 years later.

Circa 2008

Circa 2008

Not sure how the shed seemed so empty at this point – think a lot of stuff hadn’t been moved in.  Positioning the large machines being the first concern.

Circa early 2009

Circa late 2009

Circa early 2010

Circa late 2010

Circa late 2010

Circa late 2010

Once again, as 2010 draws to a close, the shed is struggling to cope with the contents.  That isn’t a bad thing – you have to have contents to be struggling with storing them!

More Tetris magic required!

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