Started in 2013, originally as one drawing a day, Phillips’ Shed Project documents item by item the contents of his late grandfather’s shed.
Lee estimates there are 100,000 objects in the shed, from rusting hammers and saws, from rivets and nails to scissors and paintbrushes. He has currently drawn 4,600 of them.
Yet he refuses to be daunted by the task, painstakingly drawing and cataloguing each item to help to keep the memory of his grandfather alive.
Toolshed Journal is a beautifully designed journal, featuring three different stocks and 40 illustrations (both full-page and details) drawn from Lee John Phillips’ attention-grabbing Shed Project.
With a page of stickers and a mixture of illustrated and blank pages to write on.
The Toolshed Colouring Book is perhaps the first colouring book aimed at sheddies, and features 50 illustrations from Lee John Phillips’ Shed Project.
Having a look on amazon for presents for certain people – of course I have every shed book going (sometimes multiple copies, some signed 😉 )
But you can grab yourself a bargain if you want to get your other half into sheds or maybe just drop hints that you are cheap to buy for.
The Bible by former Shed judge Gordon ThorburnMen and Sheds can be picked up used for the silly price of 1p – and is the book every sheddie should have on their bookshelf.
Also the other good shed book Shed Men by Gareth Jones can be picked up used for the same price.
of course I would recommend buying new – as used will probably have tea stains or some cuprinol on the pages – nothing wrong with that but if it’s a gift you will be called cheap.
on the other hand Shed Judge Alex’s book about shedworking, which we never hear him talking about it, can be picked up for around £11 – but Iam sure he has a tonne of these in his shed.
Other books which are worth a read are..
Of course our other shed judges are published as well – so you can pick up Sarah Beeny’s books on property development or for something a bit more fantasy Judge Neil Gaiman has a shedload of brilliant books on all sorts of subjects.
Iam not a published author but if anyone wants to publish a Guide to Shed of the year – then let contact me 😉
“My Cool Caravan” – which was a photographic and style based homage to classic and vintage caravans now the same people are are looking for sheddies for My Cool Cabin the follow up.
The shoot for the next book “My Cool shed” will be taking place end of July, August and September and we are looking to feature a wide variety of potting sheds, garden studios, beach huts, tree houses and other quirky outdoor spaces that have been given purpose by their owners for hobbies, work or just rest and relaxation.
We are unable to offer photography fees for the spaces that we feature but each “building” will get its own two or four page spread which allows us to tell its story in full.
of course every shed on readersheds.co.uk is COOL !
‘Sheds’ contains 32 pages of Peake’s recent work inspired by a fascination with primitive structures, travels in China and a recent cycling trip around Europe drawing barns, sheds and grain silos. Peake’s style of drawing is characterised by amazing detail and beautifully muted colours.
It’s a lovely book as you can see
and the wonderful people over at Analogue Books (who publish it) have given us one to give away to you sheddies.
I don’t normally do book reviews, as my editorial skills are not upto much, but If I do like something I will try (plus it had great pictures!)
After getting a mention ages ago on her website, I’am the “bad boy of sheds”!!
I was happy to do a quick review of Debra’s Wonderful Shed Style book – Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways, when I got a copy last month… (thanks Debra for sending me one!)
The thing that grabs you is the quality of the photos (taken by William Wright) best shed photos in a book I have seen for a long time.
Some of the sheds mentioned are very well built but of course (and expensive) us UK sheddies may think they are a bit posh, but its obvious that the owners have gone to a lot of trouble and love and attention, so any shedism about American shed should be forgotten about straight away!.
My favourite shed in the book is Heart of the Country
It’s a mishmash of antiques and junk picked up by the owners Janie and Billy Fowler and is one of 4 sheds that they have used to bring Americana to their garden..
I would love to have 4 sheds and be able to bring the whole of Britishness into a garden, with old signs, beer bottles, tools and various stuff…. a great inspiration.
The other great thing about the idea is that Debra has carried here journey on, with her blog, I do hope she comes out with a 2nd book as this one is a great shed table book to read and realise that there are all sorts of great sheds out there (not that you don’t get that from my site already!)
Author: Debra Prinzing
Photographer: William Wright
Publisher: Clarkson-Potter/Random House
Pub Date: April 29, 2008
Book Size: 7-3/4 x 10-1/4 inches
Page count: 224
Price: RRP $30 or cheaper from Amazon.com or around Â£20 amazon.co.uk