Alex Cloudsdale

Alex Cloudsdale

Production and Scotland Yard Manager

Joined Carpenter Oak: 2000

Interview with Alex

What is the best project you have worked on and why?
Kilmartin Cottage. Massive scarf joint in sling braces and lovely clients.

When not in the yard, what do you enjoy doing?
Pootling around on my estate or in reality, fixing my Land Rover

If stranded on a desert island, which three people would you take and why?
Ogilvy – he lives on a desert island, Iggy – she’d not be happy if I left her, Lisa – my daughter, she makes me smile

Which three people would be in your dream carpentry team and why?
Butty – Mr Dependable, Nico – devil’s advocate, Steve – Nutter.

What music do you listen to?
Almost everything except grime and rap.

What do you enjoy most about working with wood/oak?
I can do it.

Do you have a favourite quote?
‘It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice’ – John Templeton

Started out as a guided missile systems engineer, went to work at an outdoor centre, followed by dry stone waller. Got noticed by the National Trust and eventually became warden for Coniston and Little Langdale. After ten years I moved on to Scotland and was an RSPB warden for a season, after which I was a jobbing joiner. Got asked by Carpenter Oak to help re erect the Castaway Pods for the BBC at Cove Park, then in 2000 got offered a permanent position. I still love it, the yard is probably one of the best places to work in the UK

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