Joined Carpenter Oak: 2020
Favourite thing about working at Carpenter Oak?
I really enjoy the little nuggets of wisdom and tradition that go into cutting and raising the frames. The team’s great too, everyone’s really committed and there’s a lot of knowledge flying about the yard, it’s a great place to push yourself.
When not in the yard, what do you enjoy doing?
I love a good hike and if there’s any snow about, skiing. If I’m not outside I still do a little design and illustration work for fun. Failing that you could probably find me sniffing around the fridge.
Which is your favourite Carpenter Oak project you’ve worked on
Golden Fleece, the very first Carpenter Oak frame I worked on. I was just chuffed to bits to finally be doing some oak timber framing.
If stranded on a desert island, which three people would you take?
I could probably get by with just April, my partner, and I. Maybe a dog and a cat to keep us company.
What is the most embarrassing job you have ever had?
I had a summer job delivering bouncy castles when I was a teen, to be fair it was good fun until we delivered to a party of kids from my school, I was gutted – no one could understand what I was doing there.
What music do you listen to?
I like a bit of everything but if I had to describe the majority of the stuff I listen to it would be quite melancholy. The type of music that shuts a party down – I’ve been told I’m a terrible DJ.
Do you have a favourite quote?
If you don’t start somewhere you’re going to go nowhere.
I think Bob Marley coined it but I always remember my Nan saying it to me as a young lad – I’ve always found it really uplifting, especially when I’m at the beginning of something new.
Where is your favourite place in the world?
Anywhere there’s deep, fresh powder to ski or a wild landscape to explore, or in the kitchen after April’s baked bread.
What’s the best comedy film ever made?
Bloody hell, I don’t know. I recently listened to I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan, the Alan Partridge audiobook and it had me rolling around the floor.
A Liverpool lad, I graduated in graphic design and went on to work as a creative consultant in the City.
Bitten by the travel bug, I hit 25 and decided to spend a little time overseas. A little time turned into five years living, working and gallivanting around the Commonwealth.
With a fresh perspective, I decided to start pursuing the wonderful world of carpentry. I returned back to the UK in 2020 after getting a couple years’ of solid experience under my belt in Canada.
I couldn’t be happier with my decision to jump ship and couldn’t be more thankful to Carpenter Oak for supporting me on my journey.