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Nothing beats the joy of having a shed of one’s own, and the folks over on Readersheds and its Shed Blog (out of the UK) have mad love for the humble shed. They have forums, pictures, shed plans, and more. Not all the sheds are necessarily workshops, but they are all cool little structures in backyards.

Of the user-submitted sheds, they choose one to be the Shed of the Year. This year’s award goes to The Kite Cabin (pictured above) created by “sheddie” Steven Harwood from West Wales. Harwood designed the structure “in his head” and built it by hand.

And while the Shed of the Year award goes only to sheddies from the UK, this year they’ve designated an International Shed of the Year award that goes to Chuck Witmer of Silver Spring, Maryland (his hand-built shed pictured below).

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Be sure to also check out the awesome video featured on Readersheds’ homepage: “In Me Shed” by “Punk’s Not Dad” (yes, the lead singer goes by Sid Life Crisis). Love the little girl’s voice at the beginning: “Dad? Dad? Are you hiding in the shed again?”

And of course no conversation about sheds could be complete without a shameless plug for our very own Maker Shed.

Goli Mohammadi

I’m a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

I was an editor for the first 40 volumes of MAKE. The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. Covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made.

Contact me at snowgoli (at) gmail (dot) com.


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