Ben Richardson

Ben Richardson

Team Leader

Joined Carpenter Oak: 2014

Interview with Ben Richardson

What is the best project you have worked on and why?
The forest leap drop slide still stands out as a special project for me. Built in-situ at Escot Park, Devon, over two months in winter and living out of a van – it was a lot of fun for a lot of reasons.

When not in the yard, what do you enjoy doing?
Eating and sleeping!

If stranded on a desert island, which three people would you take and why?
Ray Mears, Keith Floyd and Ernest Shackleton – because I’d like to get home again.

Which three people would be in your dream carpentry team and why?
Mr Bean, Basil Fawlty and Jack Dee – never a dull moment!

What is the most embarrassing job you have ever had?
I once packed fudge for a company in Cornwall.

What music do you listen to?
Anything that seems genuine.

What is the best comedy film ever made?
Peter Jackson’s first film Bad Taste was good!

Do you have a favourite quote?
One often meets one’s destiny on the road one takes to avoid it – Kung Fu Panda 2

Where is your favourite place in the world?
Devon and Cornwall

I come from a background in Pattern/Mould making before I earned a living both playing and teaching guitar, then working as a foreman for a Clear Span Marquee company until I found woodworking in 2004. It was then that I went self-employed and spent ten years working on a broad range of projects from handmade kitchens to green timber constructions and scribe rule timber framing. I was lucky enough to work with Alistair Guy during this time on some fantastic projects for clients such as The Eden Project, Cornwall and Escot Estate, Devon amongst many others. I started as a structural framing carpenter with Carpenter Oak in June 2014 and I thoroughly enjoy life here in Devon.

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