Japan is considered the home of carpentry, so why did Mr Nakashima choose Carpenter Oak Ltd for his new post and beam coffee shop venture?
Well this will be no ordinary coffee shop. Mr Nakashima is creating an English style post and beam timber framed building, welcoming his customers to enjoy coffee in a trans-European environment.
He choose Carpenter Oak after finding our website, instinctively knowing we were the right company to work with, becoming totally convinced after watching our new film. Before long, Mr Nakashima and a few friends and colleagues headed over to the UK to visit our framing yard in (thankfully sunny) South Devon. We also showed them around Bickleigh Farm and our contemporary eco show house to provide a range of different timber framing finishes and appearances, rounded off nicely with a spot of lunch together at the Maltsters Arms, Tuckenhay. The cohort, also British car enthusiasts, visited MG’s 90th anniversary at Silverstone Circuit – quite the whirlwind of a UK trip.
Mr Nakashima loves all things British, originally providing us with the brief “it must look Tudor, and be earthquake proof” – we do like a challenge at Carpenter Oak! So the frame design is based on traditional post and beam oak framing methods, and we’re working with the Japanese architects to ensure earthquake-proof-ness. We’ve got a few images of the frame drawings below, along with some snaps of Mr Nakashima’s impressive British car collection. Watch this space for more updates.