The Shed Builder

Who would be the Featured Artist for the Architect's Shed? Ah, that would be The Shed Builder!

Joel Bird - Featured Artist for The Architect’s Shed, sitting atop his own winning ‘Allotment Roof Shed’ in a tin bath drinking tea!

Joel Bird - Featured Artist for The Architect’s Shed, sitting atop his own winning ‘Allotment Roof Shed’ in a tin bath drinking tea!

It took me a while to find the right Featured Artist for the Architect’s Shed. But when I was honest enough to admit I was thinking in terms of shed rather than studio it was easy. Joel Bird ticks EVERY box.

Why? Because he's humble yet proud. Because he knows things are animate (read the quote below)… because he's an artist as well as a carpenter and a writer(the quote comes from one of his books, link here)… because he was eco-friendly before most people even know what the word meant and most of all because he's created the nearest thing to what I'd like as a creative shed AND a mini-allotment all in one!

The tables I like are quiet. They sit patiently waiting for the day’s purpose to reveal itself. They offer themselves to a room, not attempting to grab attention or dominate, inconspicuous in their simplicity, saving their qualities for those who are interested.
— Joel Bird on 'The Table Maker, A Carpenter's Guide to Life'

Aside from that, Joel's an allotment lover (like my dad); he paints paints (like my dad used to); he’s a carpenter (like my dad). Which means he's probably as special as my dad, albeit a bit younger. And although my dad - Eric Leigh - has a few other favourite places in Wild Poplars, I want to honour him here so he can be with my mum (her Writing is on the Wall) too, as well as leave him and Joel to chat a bit about wood and allotment gardening.

The poem to accompany this post was inspired by the vice in my dad's workshop. I hope Joel likes it. It's about love and freedom. When you love what you’re doing, you’re free…

Where will you go now? You’re free!

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