Offbeat

By Alex Matthews


This handyman really has shed making down to a ‘tea’.

Former foundry worker Steve Worrallo is a self-confessed “sheddy” and already has a mini pub in his back garden.

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However, after leaving last year’s Shed of the Year competition disappointed because he only finished in second place, the 66-year-old decided to add to his establishments.

So rather than grabbing a swift pint at his local in his back garden, Steve spent his winter building a tea room.

Aptly christened ‘Tea for Two’, he has kitted the space out with a small table, bench, and dozens of mugs and teapots salvaged from charity shops.

Steve, from Cannock, Staffordshire, said: “I worked on it all through the winter and my fingers are starting to hurt after banging the nails so much.

“I’m really chuffed with it. It’s my hobby, and I’m a full-time sheddy but I can’t help it.

“I hate to see wood in skips being thrown away. I think it’s disgusting. Bring it to my house and I’ll use it.

“I get all the pots and saucers from charity shops and use whatever I can get my hands on.”

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Steve was never a carpenter by trade but learned the skill as a teenager.

He always had a passion for woodwork, and when he was made redundant from his old job he suddenly had the time to pursue his hobby.

He decided to clear his shed of garden tools eight years ago and convert it into a cosy pub complete with bar, lounge and various items of pub memorabilia.

Along with the original beer pumps and the 1,300 beer mats that adourn the walls, Steve also added mock Tudor beams on the ceiling as well as high stools along the bar, a disco-style mirror ball for livelier nights and his brother’s cribbage trophies on display – just like any local would.

The mock Tudor theme has been continued on the outside of his tearoom.

Steve is hoping his efforts finally will be rewarded with first place at this year’s Shed of the Year competition.

He said: “I’ve done it off my own back.

“Last year I finished runner up but I want to go again, I want to bring it home.

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“After the competition last year, when I came home I was disappointed because I didn’t win.

“People spend tens of thousands on their sheds but I’ve built mine up on my own from scratch for hardly anything.

“People spend that much money on having them done and it’s wrong.

“I’ve worked hard for this and I think I deserve it.”

Although he invites his brothers around to play cards, Steve says he gets more pleasure from building rather than using the sheds.

He said: “I occasionally bring my mates in but I don’t hold big parties. I just love doing it.”