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Jan Ciechanowicz - Team Leader Carpenter at Carpenter Oak Ltd

Team Leader Carpenter

Joined Carpenter Oak: 2011

Interview with Jan

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

  • Delivering big sofas to very small English houses. Very often we had to remove the windows in order to get them inside!
  • What is your favourite timber frame joint?

  • Lightning scarf with tenons and wedges.
  • Who do you think you look like?

  • The guy you want to have on your side.
  • When not in the yard what do you enjoy doing?

  • When I have spare time I'm with my beloved one, and when I have too much spare time I'm learning how to fly helicopters as its my biggest dream to get a flying licence....It will soon happen! :)


As you have probably realised, my surname is a bit weird – that’s because I’m originally from Poland (which is in central Europe). I graduated forestry school and soon after started to work as a joiner, up until I found myself at Carpenter Oak. So far I’ve spent a third of my life in Britain. Obviously I miss my country but fell in love with traditional English carpentry and I think I'm probably going to stay here much longer. I consider myself very lucky to be part of Carpenter Oak as this is a very healthy and well organised company. Hopefully one day I will become a boss of this awesome company flying in my helicopter to meet you guys and discuss your appetite for amazing timber framed houses!