Okay, so most people don’t have to worry about curating the contents of their garden shed. But this is no ordinary shed. I think we can all agree on that. In the coming year the shed will be seen in a national magazine (fingers crossed), a local magazine (fingers crossed), an ad campaign, and a tourism video. It’s already been in the Buffalo News. To my knowledge, it’s the only garden shed with its own press agent.
|New artwork for the shed. Thanks Mike.|
I visited a store in Portland, Oregon a few years ago named Boys Fort (Furnish your fort!). It was the closest thing I’ve every seen to a men’s gardening store. The merchandise was garden and home accessories, all with a handcrafted/repurposed materials/nostalgia bent.
I’ve tried to do the same with the interior of my shed. Most of the items I’ve had laying around the attic, basement or garage over the years, collecting dust. Others were from my family’s summer cottage, on Thunder Lake, just outside Binghamton, NY. The cottage is being sold, so last spring, I took items that otherwise might have been dumpster-bound.
Here’s some detail on some of these items. This post is mainly for me. Or, in the off-chance, that my daughter, in the far off distant future, ever wonders where some of the crap in the shed came from.
|The bow is one I got for Christmas when I was probably around nine or ten years old (early ’70s). I have arrows around someplace I have yet to find. They’ll be added eventually.|
|I keep my gardening books out there in the shed – where I use them! Many are written by friends and acquaintances. Some even have photos of my garden in them!|
|The door came from somewhere in our current house. It sat in the garage fro the first 14 years we lived here. The diamond-patterned window were the attic windows in our 120-year-old house. I didn’t even paint them. I liked the color and patina.|
|Mike Gelen, one of the region’s best illustrators, and big-time wise-ass, provided me with a mock-up of this year’s Time magazine cover for “Person of the year,” as well as the first photo of Bernie Sanders and quote.|
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