The class is called “Building a Garden Shed.” I don’t have a garden. Nor any property on which to put a garden. In fact, I’ll be living “on the road” for the next year, so it’s inconceivable that I will need to know how to build a garden shed anytime in the near future. Despite all of this, it is one class I’ll definitely be taking during my four months at the John C. Campbell Folk School.
Why? Well, because I still have it in the back of my mind that I may one day want to live in a Tumbleweed Tiny House. And I may just want to build it myself (well, with help of course). There is just one small hurdle here: I have zero home building skills. You might think building a garden shed is quite different from building a tiny house. In which case I ask if you’ve seen a Tumbleweed?
My class covers use of hand and power tools (the only power tool I’ve every used is an electric screw driver thing), framing, trusses (I think those are the things that hold the roof up?), shelf building (I imagine this could be useful even if I never build a house), and window and door installation (because just about any house I live in will have windows and doors….though now that I think about it, maybe not…) And when it’s all done, we’ve built a garden shed for the Folk School to use for years to come:)
Building anything is so out of my element that I just love the idea. I mean, how else would I learn all these things? You might think JCCFS would want only experienced builders on such a project. And you would be mistaken. Because one of the things I love most about JCCFS is that so many of the class descriptions, including this one, end with the words “All levels welcome.”