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Adam Milton Managing Director at Carpenter Oak Ltd Devon

Managing Director

Joined Carpenter Oak: 1987

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Interview with Adam

  • Favourite thing about working at Carpenter Oak?

  • Constructing great buildings, with a great eclectic bunch of people in the most beautiful part of the world.
  • When not in the yard, what do you enjoy doing?

  • Sailing on the river Dart and walking with the family and dog.
  • What is the best project you have worked on and why?

  • Bedales School Olivier Theatre in Petersfield, Hampshire: great design and a wonderful team.
  • What is the most embarassing job you have ever had?

  • Selling beef burgers at university and having a dyslexic moment when I put up a sign saying "Beef buggers for sale!"


I have been with the ‘Timber/Design world' since leaving school. I gained a BA (Hons) in Furniture Design in 1984 and then trained as a fine cabinet/furniture designer and maker producing highly finished pieces. In 1987 I joined Carpenter Oak and Woodland as a structural framing carpenter. The work was mainly restoration and conservation of historical timber frames, culminating in the major repairs at Windsor Castle after the great fire of 1993. I gained huge knowledge of building conservation, running skilled teams of carpenters and project management. In 1995 I had the opportunity to set up a new yard in Devon with my colleague Paul Kirkup, becoming Carpenter Oak Ltd. It was an inspiring time, building a new team, alongside living and raising a family in the beautiful South Hams. Carpenter Oak Ltd has grown from half-a-dozen carpenters to 30 very loyal and skilled carpenters and admin based staff.  I passionately believe in our craft, continuing to use skills which were around hundreds of years ago, but are used now in a contemporary way.