Request for shepherd hut turned into business

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 July 2011

(click on image for larger view)  David and Kate Ham who have a business making sheppard huts.  Old Coach Rd, Cross.

(click on image for larger view) David and Kate Ham who have a business making sheppard huts. Old Coach Rd, Cross.

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THIS COUPLE'S business began with no knowledge of what kind of hut they were making.

THIS COUPLE’S business began with no knowledge of what kind of hut they were making.

David Ham, a carpenter from Cross runs the business Somerset Shepherd Huts with his wife, Kate.

He was asked to make a shepherd hut, but had no idea of what they were, even though he was working as a carpenter.

A shepherd hut is a wooden hut which can be used for offices, play rooms or spare rooms.

He said: “Someone saw my postcard with my details on it and it was their suggestion to make one.

“They were looking for a sheppards hut and I hadn’t heard of them before.

“I looked into them, did the job and after I finished it the response was really good.

“People saw the work and started requesting them so we decided to make them.”

Three years on, Kate designs the huts making CAD drawings, while David makes them in his workshop in Brinscombe.

David said: “It sparked an interest when we found out what we could about them.”

The huts normally take seven weeks to make and can range in price from £8,500 to £10,000.

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