The “ibladesmith” Shepherd’s Hut


We’ve been making huts since 2011, and we always like to find out what our Blackdown customers are up to with their huts, and discover more about them.

Garey Hull has had his wriggly tin hut since 2013. He says: ‘I first had it nestled in our woodland garden where I used it as my office for a few years. I installed a woodburner that I rescued from a customer’s house and that kept me very warm in the coldest of weather.’

The hut is currently in Garey’s forge, since he is a bladesmith and he uses it as an office/ design room/ finishing room for his bladesmithing. Garey forges tracker knives, Viking style knives, and swords using traditional methods.

Garey, 42, from Colchester in Essex, says: ‘My friends love the hut and it always brings a smile to anyone that steps inside. I am a true believer that you should surround yourself with things that inspire and make you feel a certain way. My hut inspires me. I once read that if something or someone makes you smile or laugh, you should either buy it or marry it!

‘The appeal to me of having my own shepherd’s hut for both work and pleasure was the romance and freedom that a shepherd hut brings. The fact that it is so well built, and will probably outlive me, means it is something that I can leave to my children as well.’

Garey’s bladesmithing and his traditional hut in use can be seen on Instagram, Facebook as ‘ibladesmith’ and also at


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March 22, 2017