A Study in Sheds: The Creative Cabin

Published: 14/05/2021

Our customers use their Tiger buildings for many things. Some want to live in their sheds, while others just want a place of their own to relax. For the more creative types, a shed is as a place to set their imaginations free, far away from the interruptions and distractions of the home. They follow in a fine tradition of great artists and writers who appreciated the peace and quiet a well-made comfortable cabin can offer – some of the best known and best loved stories have been born in these garden rooms.

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw looking sternly at camera

George Bernard Shaw's writing shed

George Bernard Shaw's writing shed[/caption] The original author of the tale that transformed into My Fair Lady, George Bernard Shaw wanted a place to focus on his work. All his best work came out of the shed at the bottom of his garden – and in order to stay there as long as possible, he put it onto a rotating base so that it could track the sun for light and warmth (electricity was still very much a new thing!). He was a grumpy old so and so (and he REALLY didn’t like golf) - but he loved his shed.

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl in his writing shed

Dahl produced many of his stories from the shed at the bottom of his garden in the village of Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. He welcomed calm surroundings and found I a very productive environment: ‘Everything else in your life disappears and you look at your bit of paper and get completely lost in what you’re doing’ he once said.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf sat on a chair - in her shed?

Woolf wrote Mrs Dalloway  almost entirely in the shed at Monk’s House in East Sussex. She wrote for at least 3 hours a day, ensconced in her writing room, creating the novel on notebooks.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain's writing hut Mark Twain in his shed

Mark Twain’s sister built a shed for him to write in when he went to stay with her on her farm (she couldn’t stand his smoking) and he wrote his Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn stories there. Not a bad record. Whether it is the sense of being in a more natural surrounding, close to the trees and amongst the flowers, or whether it is the feeling of splendid isolation that makes it easier to imagine new worlds and their characters, each of these great writers found a creative, comforting sanctuary in their garden studio. Now, who knows what great tales will come out of your own Tiger Sheds. To start your story, go to

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