My sheddie : Syd & The Stencil Shed

I love you sheddies πŸ™‚ If you have a great shed and are going to the trouble of creating a website just to drum up votes for your shed – then Iam happy to feature you in the My Sheddie feature – one such sheddie is a new comer to readersheds – Syd and his Stencil Shed.

Sheddies name


Shed name

If Banksy was Skint, The Stencil Shed.

Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Selfbuild or off the shelf shed?

My Shed has lots of history and has lived a charmed life. The ‘old side’ was originally owned by my father in law, hidden away behind his house and mainly used for his building tool storage and a breeding ground for mice and spiders. My wife can remember being scared to enter this sheddy secret domain as a nipper and remains petrified of spiders to this day. A few years back my father in law tried in vain to sell the shed in the local newspaper for a Β£100 so I seized the opportunity, dropped a few hints that my shed at the back of the garden was rotted into oblivion and hey presto his shed was now mine.

The little shed sat perfectly happy at the end of the garden for a year or so but remained untapped potential until a ‘local businessman and pig farmer’ who we call Pig Bill offered us a wedding present of days labour on anything we wanted. After a few ciders with Pig Bill whilst rubbing chins and pondering we hatched a plan to double the size of the shed by jacking up the roof, building a new floor (with reclaimed skip materials), adding a couple of nice outward opening doors and a small decked area.

So its an off the shelf shed thats been doubled in size and pimped right up into something totally unique to fit the available space.

Why have you got a shed? uses etc

What started as storage has turned into a workshop, man space, chill out zone and occasional party area.

Its main use is as the head quarters for my hobby come, wage top up of spraypainting stuff. You can see its littered with sculptures and artworks from my days as a street artist (now retired to the Shed) about four years ago. With wifi and power now installed there is nothing I like more than spending an afternoon dreaming up new stencils and p*** takes that I can then turn into something tangible. I’ve sold artworks all over the world, some commercial and some pretty whacky. But its all facilitated by the environment… The installation of ‘Little Ned’ the woodburner has meant I can now use the stencil shed in all seasons, nothing quite like a home fired brew while pondering art and life in the shed.

How would you describe your shed?

Well, its packed with quirkyness… a mixture of spontaneity and functionality. For example, its got a tree growing through the roof. On the day of the build we just couldnt bare to chainsaw it out so we made a hole in the roof for the tree that we then made weather tight.

To me the Shed, is perfectly logical in its evolution but I guess to others looking in, its probably a bit weird.

Who are your Shed inspirations

You always try to not be like your Dad, but unfortunately genetics and learned experiences count. My dad purchased an old chicken shed that he then built in the garden of our first house about 30 years ago. He used this for his fledgling ceramic sculpture business after quitting his teaching job. I have lots of memories of going to see dad hard at work in his ‘studio’ on a summers day. As I grew older I sort of turned into his mini assistant adding textures and finishing touches to his many animal models and silly characters. Hes sold out now, still doing the ceramics but from his cellar, hes in his 70’s so maybe the cold frosty mornings finally got to him.

Future Shed plans

I have to be honest and say I think its at its max for features. But… functionality wise it could get some wendy house or den features. My wife is expecting her first child on the 31st July and based on experience of our friends kids visiting they all seem to end up playing in the shed!

How did you find out about our community

My mum saw an article on the web, and forwarded me the link urging me to enter. So I thought to myself why not?

What word or words would you use to sum up Sheds

Personal sanctuaries for creativity and relaxation.

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By Andrew Wilcox

I love sheds Founder & judge of Shed of the year - Wilco writes mainly about sheds. About the blog Enter your shed into #shedoftheyear