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Alexander Thomas Trainee Carpenter at Carpenter Oak Ltd


Joined Carpenter Oak: 2013

Interview with Alexander

  • What is your favourite timber frame joint?

  • Scarf joint.
  • Who do others think you look like?

  • Matt Damon in Team America.
  • What is the most embarassing job you have ever had?

  • Venetian blind assembly line.
  • What music are you currently listening to in the yard?

  • Everyone else's.
  • When not in the yard what do you enjoy doing?

  • Exploring Devon, particularly its coastline.


I come from an architecture background having completed my university studies and worked for 5 years in a range of London practices. This laid the foundations for an exploration into the world of timber construction which I endeavoured to incorporate wherever possible in projects of all scales. During this time I also took part in voluntary work on a couple of round wood frame buildings to further my knowledge. I pushed this exploration towards the timber framing industry and ignited an enthusiasm for the architectural qualities of framing, and learning about carpentry through 'doing'. An early introduction to the industry on Dartmoor then gave me the core skills, before  moving to Carpenter Oak and closer to my home in Totnes.