The Toolshed Portal at The Student Organic Garden at UC Berkeley

The portal to the toolshed at The Student Organic Garden at UC Berkeley that Ellie made.

The portal to the toolshed at The Student Organic Garden at UC Berkeley that Ellie made.

The wood to make this door was obtained from the Oxford Tract Greenhouses at UC Berkeley. 

The wood to make this door was obtained from the Oxford Tract Greenhouses at UC Berkeley. 

Ellie contemplating the edging on the front of the door. The reedwood plant laying across the mosaic was a sidewalk score from a neighbor that was installing a new fence. 

Ellie contemplating the edging on the front of the door. The reedwood plant laying across the mosaic was a sidewalk score from a neighbor that was installing a new fence. 

Ellie cleaning up the edge of the door before adding metal flashing as finishing.

Ellie cleaning up the edge of the door before adding metal flashing as finishing.

Maggie & Ellie reinforcing the backside of the door with screws, to ensure the mosaic wood front stays in place.

Maggie & Ellie reinforcing the backside of the door with screws, to ensure the mosaic wood front stays in place.

In the Spring of 2014, the year that I graduated from UC Berkeley with a Conservation & Resource Studies degree, I made this sliding barn door for the new toolshed at The Student Organic Garden. I had been teaching a DeCal (Democratic Education at CAL) class called SOGA (Student Organic Garden Association) Interns. The class was a project management for gardens class. The goal of the class was for each student to design, manage, and execute a project in the garden. One of my students, Jed Collins, was a transfer student who had years of constructions knowledge. He built this toolshed. I collaborated with him on the project and built this sliding barn door as a portal to the new toolshed. Maggie Barret, my partner in crime in my last lear at UC Berkeley was my building assistant. We are quite happy how the portal turned out.

- Ellie Lum

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