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Dave Knight Estimator at Carpenter Oak Ltd Devon


Joined Carpenter Oak: 1995

Interview with Dave

  • What is the most embarassing job you have ever had?

  • Dressing as a bear to sell pick-n-mix sweet dispensers at an exhibition.
  • What is the best project you have worked on and why?

  • Dowie house: the quirkiness, complexity and scale.
  • What is your favourite thing about working at Carpenter Oak?

  • So many, but the people I work with win by a mile.
  • When not in the yard what do you enjoy doing?

  • I enjoy the company of my partner and my children, reading and walking. One day I'll have a motorbike again...


I moved to Totnes nearly 30 years ago, drifted into carpentry and then was lucky enough to get work on a timber framed building for Roderick James. This was my first introduction to “proper carpentry” which was the beginning of a long relationship with timber framing and Carpenter Oak’s philosophy. It then took 5 years before I could join the company when they set up their Devon yard. During the long wait I laboured for a small building company while putting myself through City and Guilds carpentry to master level. That was 18 years ago and while my chisels are currently resting I am still enjoying my life here as estimator with an excellent company - who care greatly about their product and customer service - with a great bunch of people.