Joined Carpenter Oak: 2002
Interview with Don Rigby
Which is your favourite Carpenter Oak project and why?
The Canada/Montana job – there was potential for disaster but the company pulled it all together and the client was super happy.
Portlemouth Bus Shelter – tiny, used every day, looks ace!
When not in the yard, what do you enjoy doing?
I’m always in the yard.
If stranded on a desert island, which three people would you take and why?
My family – no one else matters (as much).
Which three people would be in your dream carpentry team and why?
Jean, so I can laugh at him and ‘cos he’s a brilliant carpenter. Alan, so I can watch Jean go mental and because Alan is ace. Michael Jackson, so he can teach me how to dance.
What is the most embarrassing job you have ever had?
Probably cleaning up sick on stage at a cabaret club in front of about two thousand people.
What music do you listen to?
Whatever is on. House of Pain to Bon Iver
What is the best comedy film ever made?
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan or Bad Taste
What do you enjoy most about working at Carpenter Oak?
It’s not political
Do you have a favourite quote?
‘I told you I was ill’ – Spike Milligan
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Don’t know yet
I was born in 1976, then I mucked about for about twenty years before buying a chisel. I then used that chisel and got better at until it until Carpenter Oak found me and here I am. It’s still pretty long so hopefully it will see me out.
Joined Carpenter Oak: 2014
Interview with Liam
What is your favourite thing about working at Carpenter Oak?
The broad spectrum of styles, size and the quality of the frames we create is a great thing to be a part of. Every project is unique which is great. There is such a wealth of knowledge and experience at the company, it’s a great place to build on my framing knowledge and work towards gaining my chartership in Architectural Technology. On a personal level, the company is very people focused, creating a very enjoyable, supportive and fun place to work. There is also the bike ride to work, a great way to start the working day.
When not in the yard what do you enjoy doing?
Spending time with friends and family, cooking tasty food, getting on my bike to nice places, listening to and finding new music and going to the pub.
What is the best project you’ve worked on so far?
The boathouse frame at Clay Park. One of the best looking frames. We also had a lot of input on the detailing to achieve the final look.
Do you have a favourite quote?
‘Never underestimate the power of human stupidity’ – Robert A. Heinlein
I grew up in the West Midlands, in the beautiful county of Shropshire. I then went and studied and lived in Bristol for a very enjoyable 9 years. I graduated just as the recession hit, which made getting an architectural job a bit of a challenge. I was lucky enough to find an internship that got me involved in timber framing and I’ve been working in the industry ever since. I worked for a timber framing company north of Bristol for a few years, was self-employed for a brief period and made the move out of the workshop into frame design with Carpenter Oak.