Look at what a tornado did to the lighthouse shed!

This young woman is looking up at the same angle I was as a tornado passed directly over my home and lighthouse shed in the summer of 2006. Every few seconds, there were sickening cracking noises and alarming thuds as trees up to 34 inches in diameter snapped in half while others were uprooted. This tornado provided the perfect opportunity to test the lighthouse shed's durability.

So what happened to it? Nothing. I knew that I built it to be strong, but I frankly could not believe that it survived such fierce winds that bent trees almost 3 feet in diameter like wet noodles. The following pictures show what the tornado did to some of my trees.

Incidentally, one of the trees struck the roof of another shed. That tree broke in half where it hit the shed's roof, but the roof remained intact. What do you think would happen to one of those flimsy sheds sold by Home Depot or Lowes? They'd be flattened like a pancake. So here's a lesson for the cheapskates who wrote to me thinking they could buy the lighthouse shed for about what a fragile plain-vanilla shed costs at the big-box stores: If you want quality, exceptional durability, and a shed that is literally a work of art with every piece painstakingly handcrafted by a perfectionist (that would be me!), you must pay for it. Take your lowball offers, add a zero, and then contact me. Or try to content yourself with a big-box shed that is nothing more than an eyesore destined to fall apart in a few years. American backyards are littered with millions of junky sheds because people won't pay for quality. Ironically, Americans think nothing of spending $100,000 just to remodel a kitchen, yet pinch pennies like a miser when it comes to outbuildings which could beautify their yards. Go figure.

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One of the 7 trees that fell across my driveway. Note the lighthouse shed in the background.

This shattered tree is much smaller than another one (not pictured) with similar splintering, but the latter one was almost 3 feet in diameter.

Another view of the small shattered tree.
One of the uprooted trees.

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