This book offers those who may be thinking of building their own own shed practical constructional advice and use of materials; all of the sheds in the book have actually been built, and are not just ideas. It contains interesting stories about the shed owners and how they overcame problems or how they found unusual, cheap solutions (such as the use of old printing plates for roofing). Each shed, and its contents, gives an interesting insight into its owner's character.
Donato Cinicolo is a professional photographer, but has always been keen on making things with his hands. He was born in Italy in a small Appeninean village, and even at an early age he used to `knock up' toys using scrap wood. Later Donato lived in an old 17th century building which required a lot of maintenance, so he had to learn traditional skills like wattle and daub plastering. It proved to be both enjoyable and very satisfying, so much so that neighbours began asking Donato to build them a bespoke little building. Most of the techniques employed are traditional carpentry skills, mixed with some foraging (it's always better getting stuff for free). To date Donato has made over a dozen sheds, three of which are in his own back garden. In fact this book has been written in one of them! He lives in St Albans.