Garden Shed–Sold!


The Gardener’s Shed–1985

Original Noel & Pat Thomas Gardener’s Shed

As of May 28, 2019, The Garden Shed has a new owner–thank you to all who responded. Please watch this site for future updates, sales and information.

This is the second of two we finished—one for us to teach from, and a second the following year for Noel’s brother. It’s in great shape, having been well cared-for over the years. This one includes one of Noel’s garbage cans, one of my birdhouses, a Hank Taylor rowboat, some garden tools, flowerpots, baskets and other furnishings inside. It has a brass plaque on the base signed and dated by Noel. More information and photos at:

If you’re interested, please email me at

About smallhousepress

In 1974, my husband Noel and I began building aged miniature houses for collectors and museums. We were 70's dropouts. We quit our careers in advertising--art director and writer, respectively--and escaped Los Angeles in a VW camper and a Bug for a simpler life on the coast of Washington State. From a tiny studio in our home, we built 64 houses and buildings. Our specialty was aging--making a structure that reflected the scars and wrinkles of time, the elements, and human habitation. In the 80s we began teaching our techniques in workshops around the country, and I began to write our how-to's in Nutshell News and Miniature Collector. In 2000 we migrated across the Columbia to Astoria, OR, where , in 2011, we retired from miniatures. We are Fellows of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans and taught at their annual school in Castine, ME. By avocation I am a writer and poet. The blog is my way of working back into a writing routine, as well as recording what we did, and what we learned along the way.
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4 Responses to Garden Shed–Sold!

  1. Kim Narog says:

    Just too funny! Finally this very project is currently on my work table. I am to the point of getting the moss on the roof, adding a bit more to the landscaping and filling it up. That didn’t take long!

    The Craftsman is also on the table just waiting for me to finish petitpointing a rug and for a chair from Mark. He made me a copy of the table from the Gamble house. It is just beautiful but it needs one more chair. Then the roof goes on and it will be done too. I have only seven more Thomas structures left to finish.

    I appreciate receiving the posts of Noel’s paintings. We live on a fixed income these days or I would love to buy more. We still really are enjoying the ones we have.

    I hope that you are both well.

    Love, Kim


  2. Jen'e Wordlaw says:

    For the base, what size trim did you use and where can I purchase it?

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