Interview with Barney

If you had to pick one, which is your favourite Carpenter Oak project and why?
Probably the first building I ever worked on. I volunteered on the construction of a village shop in 2009. It was a great introduction to the world of natural building and I have been involved in it ever since – I am still in touch with most of the people too!

When not in the yard, what do you enjoy doing?
Rock climbing, sea and river swimming, surfing kayaking and spending time with family.

What is the most embarrassing job you have ever had?
Driving around a section of the North Circular in London for a 14-hour shift recording traffic jams

What is the best comedy film ever made?
It used to be Honey I Shrunk The Kids until Home Alone came out a year or two later and totally rocked my world!

Where is your favourite place in the world?
Cala Barques in Mallorca is pretty hard to beat.

After doing a geology degree and travelling for a short time in South America I did a U-turn and got involved in woodland management in West Sussex. It was a natural progression from there to building things with wood and over the next ten years I became progressively more involved in timber framing and all other aspects of natural building. I was very lucky that a move to the South West with my family in the spring of 2018 coincided with an opportunity here at Carpenter Oak.

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