BiographyI 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.