Features: Cruck-framed barn room.
Requirements: Expansive yet low-lying home designed to replace existing pavilion.
Lamper Head, completed in 1991, stands proudly in a stunning countryside setting, with panoramic views stretching from Dartmoor to the South Hams coast.
Situated on what was formerly the site of a grass tennis court and pavillion, Lamper Head includes a glorious cruck-framed hall. This has been created with a frame measuring 50 feet in length and 20 feet at the height of the ridge. Upon completion, it was thought to be the first new full cruck timber frame dwelling to have been built in England in 300 years. For this delicate, immensely skilled operation, our carpenters sourced and worked oak timber with a natural curve to mirror the pitch of the roof.Read more
Joined Carpenter Oak: 1996
What is the best project you have worked on and why?
Nags Head in Hargrave, North Hants, 2006. We built an extension to this 15th Century pub built in harmony with the original building and using huge pieces of timber. It was a highly satisfying job building such an old fashioned frame.
When not in the yard, what do you enjoy doing?
Thorsten completed a traditional apprenticeship as a Journeyman in Germany, he then relocated to Devon and became a self-employed carpenter/ timber framer for a few years. When Carpenter Oak relocated to their current dwellings, Thorsten was asked to complete a couple of frames with them and then became one of the very first employed carpenters in the spring of 1996. Thorsten has always been into carpentry, he has fond memories of his childhood days, always with a knife in hand to do a bit of whittling with whatever wood he could find, he enjoys working hands on with amazing material, and working in a traditional way. This brings about a general feeling of happiness and satisfaction within the job. He is really happy to be working at Carpenter Oak with great and extremely skilled people, that’s what makes the job: running big jobs with great people who all share a passion for building beautiful structures out of natural materials.
The frame for Lamper Head was built outside, in a field in 1991. It was one of the biggest frames we’d done at the time, very challenging in the workshop because of the huge truss blades. I remember being really enamoured by the site. It was a beautiful summer and we spent a week putting it up. The clients were fantastic and they were really excited about building this new venture for the family. My wife and I were thinking about moving down in this direction and after we built the frame we camped at Lamper Head and thought ‘this is such a magical spot