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Muna Sono Trainee Carpenter at Carpenter Oak Ltd Devon


Joined Carpenter Oak: 2013

Interview with Muna

  • What music are you currently listening to in the workshop?

  • Fela Kuti.
  • When not in the yard, what do you enjoy doing?

  • Capoeira, reading, playing guitar and playing with my daughter. I am also involved in political activism.
  • If stranded on a desert island which three people would you take and why?

  • Bob Marley for positive vibrations, Hermes Trismagistus for the knowledge and wisdom he could share and Bill Hicks for people conscious comedy.


I was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe and emigrated to South West England in 2002. I graduated from university with a degree in politics with economics and was preparing, like so many of my peers, to begin a finance-based career in the city. However, the death of my father was the beginning of a chain of events that would culminate in a major shift in my world view, leading to a path of self discovery. I spent the next two years helping teach bread making at a cooking school and working as a chef. All the while I was absorbing vast amounts of material on the esoteric, the occult, spirituality, consciousness and philosophy. Whilst volunteering at Embercombe, a social enterprise in Devon, I did some carpentry for the first time since school and felt a deep connection to the craft. After this I knew I wanted to make a profession of woodworking but was unsure how. I spent some time helping Mike Abbot run green wood chair making courses and discovered timber framing, this was a ureka moment, I knew I was going to be a timber frame carpenter. After completing an apprenticeship in site carpentry, I was offered a position to train with Carpenter Oak. I feel blessed to be working with highly skilled, capable people with enormous amounts of experience. It feels fantastic to have found my path, creating incredible frames with wonderful people.