The Shepherd's Hut

Woodworker Nic Webb on the South Downs hut that offers him stillness, and coffee…

In Issue 10




A ‘hole-and-corner’ is an old English term meaning a secret place: somewhere you go to escape the world, to be inspired – to contemplate and create. Where is your ‘hole-and-corner’?
My studio is an old shepherd’s hut, surrounded by fields, woods and views out over the South Downs. This is my hole-and-corner.

Can you explain why it is so special to you?
The shepherd’s hut reminds me of where I grew up. After 20 years of living and working in London, it feels like I have come home.

Is it important to you to have somewhere to escape from the hustle and bustle of life?
It is vital to escape as much hustle and bustle as is possible. I have based my career on its avoidance. 

What do you like to listen to when you’re working (and why)?
I tend to listen to one CD for a month or so and then change it for another. Not sure why. I become very familiar with certain songs.

What elements do you think make a perfect ‘hole-and-corner’?
Stillness and coffee.

Is it private to you or do you let other people visit?
I don’t get many visitors, which is good. It means that when people do come they are welcome.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t try to bullshit a bullshitter.

This is for our ‘Form’ issue: what is your idea of the perfect form?
Form is the manifestation of matter in space. The potential permutation of form is boundless. Perfection is restrictive.