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Chris Amey Carpenter at Carpenter Oak Ltd Devon


Joined Carpenter Oak: 2012

Interview with Chris

  • What is your favourite timber frame joint?

  • A sliding tapered dovetail.
  • What music are you currently listening to in the workshop?

  • Radio 3, if I can get away with it!
  • Which three collegues would be in your dream carpentry team?

  • Greg to make the tea, Sarah to do all the lifting, and Jono to fix the kettle.


Via a childhood smallholding on the Somerset Levels, a Sonic Arts degree in London, oak framing in Kent, conserving the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and refurbishing chalets in the Alps, I moved to Devon. Here I waited long and hard for a job at Carpenter Oak to come my way whilst in the meantime knocking out a few sculptures and working self employed. Now I’m here I feel like I’ve truly landed and it’s a great pleasure to work with others who feel the same. I have never known such a happy team or a company with such an agreeable outlook. The work is never easy, always a challenge, which keeps me interested at all times.