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Viking Bauhutte

  • Sheddie:

    Chris Walter
  • Location:

    Garden - Hampshire
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  • Cost of shedbuild:

    More than £1000
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  • Features

    The name Bauhutte comes from the middle ages when all the craftsmen and artisans would stay in a shed on site - the Bauhutte - and discuss their building and design ideas and drink tea (or mead). This idea of keeping art, design and craft together was revisited in the early 20th century when Bauhutte became Bauhaus.
    My shed is a workshop, an artists' studio, a family craft room and a space where I can design and build cameras.
    The Viking motif suggested itself as the shed took shape and began to look like an upturned boat (and as we have two young daughters, it also looked a bit like something out of "Nogin the Nog" or "How to Train your Dragon").
    I couldn't resist adding dragon handles to the doors and topping off the ridge with an image of "Bloki" who may (or my not) be the old Norse guardian of all workshops.
    The only problem I have now is that with a wife and two daughters all keen on making-things-from-stuff and crafts-too-messy-for-the-kitchen, I have to join the queue to actually use it! Particularly as it has running water (cold only) electric and natural light, an antique Norwegian stove with copper kettle and is altogether far too cosy.

    Other info

    The construction is based on a roundwood chestnut frame adapted from a design by Ben Law. And I have tried to continue the idea of curved wood through curved shingle walls/roof and wood roundel covered doors.
    On top of the roundwood frame, the walls/roof are made largely with timber which was left over from the house we were having built. Similarly, the insulation, roofing membrane, floor boards, copper piping (to hide the electricity wires and make the tap) and the shakes for the front and rear walls are all leftovers from our main house build.
    The internal walls are clad in birch ply and the ceiling is painted hardboard. The wooden roundels on the doors are from logs found locally and sliced on a chopsaw - amazingly, I still have all my fingers!

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