Joined Carpenter Oak: 2016
If you had to pick one, which is your favourite Carpenter Oak project and why?
Lamper Head – it wins just from the view, but it’s such an expansive, outdoor oriented place that works so well in summer and would be equally amazing in winter during a big storm.
When not in the yard, what do you enjoy doing?
Getting on the river Dart in my boat with friends and family – especially if there is some mackerel fishing involved and Test Match Special is playing.
What is the most embarrassing job you have ever had?
A one-off three-hour farm job when I was seventeen. We were shoved into a dark barn, gathered six chickens in each hand, paused briefly on exit while they were all injected with vaccines, then loaded them onto a lorry. I remember thinking ‘I studied really hard for those GCSEs, now look at me.’
What music do you listen to?
I am obsessed with music. Over the last few years I’ve been binging on acts I’ve seen live, so The Stone Roses, Chemical Brothers and Underworld are my current obsessions.
What is the best comedy film ever made?
Withnail and I
What do you enjoy most about working at Carpenter Oak?
It’s hard to articulate, but there is something meaningful and soulful about what we do here. People genuinely care about the craft and doing things in the right way – plus it all happens in a beautiful part of the world.
Do you have a favourite quote?
What we need is harmony, fresh air, stuff like that – Marwood, Withnail and I
Where is your favourite place in the world?
I’ve been aware of Carpenter Oak pretty much since it began, having grown up locally to the Devon yard and done odd jobs here over the years as a yoof, from tarring the office roof to painting the canteen. I had two amazing summer seasons in Greece and a winter season in Zermatt, Switzerland, before I eventually made my way to London. I worked in the ski industry for five years, working in a digital team and getting to film overseas and produce video content. Whilst in that job, I also met my wife, Erica. We got married down by the river Dart in 2015 and now have a son, Rowan. I also run my own side business carving wooden signs and making other items that I send all over the world.