Joined Carpenter Oak: 1995
What is the most embarassing job you have ever had?
Dressing as a bear to sell pick-n-mix sweet dispensers at an exhibition.
What is the best project you have worked on and why?
Dowie house: the quirkiness, complexity and scale.
What is your favourite thing about working at Carpenter Oak?
So many, but the people I work with win by a mile.
When not in the yard what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy the company of my partner and my children, reading and walking. One day I’ll have a motorbike again…
I moved to Totnes nearly 30 years ago, drifted into carpentry and then was lucky enough to get work on a timber framed building for Roderick James. This was my first introduction to “proper carpentry” which was the beginning of a long relationship with timber framing and Carpenter Oak’s philosophy. It then took five years before I could join the company when they set up their Devon yard. During the long wait I laboured for a small building company while putting myself through City and Guilds carpentry to master level. That was 18 years ago and while my chisels are currently resting I am still enjoying my life here as estimator with an excellent company – who care greatly about their product and customer service – with a great bunch of people.