Construction started in 2008 and took three years to complete. In this photograph the Scottish Larch cladding has weathered from the original bright orange colour of the fresh wood to a fine gray patina.
The Shed in Winter
At minus 5 degrees Celsius hands become too cold to work properly, and it gets too dangerous to work at roof-height. Construction usually had to stop during most of December and January.
Cool shed, Uncle!
Coco the chocolate labrador inspects the shed interior for infringements of Health & Safety regulations.
The Forestry Shed / Studio
Finished at last, and with smart dark green steel flashing to seal the corners and roof-edges.
Installing the cladding and windows
I added a couple of windows to the original design. It turned out I had some double-glazed units left over from house refurbishments twenty years before, just waiting for a useful purpose to come along!
Preparing the floor
I made strip-foundations topped with blockwork and reinforced concrete lintels as a basis for the woood frame-and-panel construction. A waterproof membrane protects the suspended floor installed subsequently.
Art or Madness: A little theory of perception
"Art or Madness: A little theory of perception" is a forthcoming book by Donnie Ross which examines the hypothesis that perception is a matter of projection of stored time-frames triggered by context-sensitive sensory input, rather than moment-by-moment interpretation of incoming information. A further linked hypothesis is described, proposing that ambiguity is diminished through a specific inhibitory process, and when the latter is impaired by pathology or drugs, hallucinations or psychosis result. I hope to complete this work during April 2015.
An account of one man's three-year struggle against a spectrum of elements including gravity to transform what had been an up-market Design Festival exhibit into a working agricultural building plus artist's studio. Can be purchased at:
The Golden Rule System for Guitar is a method of visualising related chord-tones on the fingerboard, so facilitating the instant construction of chords in any position. Work in progress, I expect it to be published as an electronic book some time in 2015.
An Atlas of Facial Expressions from Aardvaark to Zebra: A Findo Gask Novel
This novel combines the genres of medical romance, mild eroticism, half-baked Etruscan archaeology and a semi-affectionate retroperspective on Britain's National Health Service as viewed by a hard-pressed Medical Director, the ubiquitous and slightly peculiar Findo Gask, whose part-time œuvre, "An Atlas of Facial Expressions from Aardvaark to Zebra", has true relevance for us all in the post-modern world.