Welcome to Garage Culture

Garage Culture 367 Addison Avenue, Palo Alto. The garage where Hewlett Packard started business in 1939. Designated the birthplace of Silicon Valley in 1985.​


Borrowed from French garage ("keeping under cover, protection, shelter")​


from Latin cultūra("cultivation; culture"), from cultus, perfect passive participle of colō("till, cultivate, worship")

  • The arts, customs, lifestyles, background, and habits that characterise a particular society or nation  
  • The beliefs, values, behaviour and material objects that constitute a people's way of life
  • The conventional conducts and ideologies of a community; the system comprising of the accepted norms and values of a society 
  • (anthropology) Any knowledge passed from one generation to the next, not necessarily with respect to human beings

Garage Culture...

Somewhere, very near to where you current sit, stand or lay, there is a place where magic happens. For some it is a retreat, a place to go to escape the hum drum and monotony of every day life, to kick back and contemplate or shoot the breeze with friends. For others is is the epicentre of creation, a place where dreams are quite literally made, crafted by hand and machine, honed and polished into obsessed perfection. Whilst the results of these labours may sometimes be glimpsed, invariably the sanctuary that saw their creation remains unseen by all but a privileged few. 

Garage Culture takes a glimpse into some of these places. A fleeting glance into the hidden lives of the secret craftsmen and artisans that continue a creative tradition stretching back across time immemorial. Some continue lost and forgotten arts and trades, others are at the forefront of developing new ones, but in all cases even a small peek into their inner sanctuary starts to unveil a a tale very much larger than the sum of things produced there.

Partially inspired by Mark Thomsons book 'Blokes and Sheds', and partially by the variety of different projects that people I know have going on in their own sheds and garages, I decided that such adroitness had a right to be aired and appreciated by a wider audience.

Garage Culture takes a look into a variety of back yard sheds, garages and creative spaces and shares some of the stories behind them.


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