Joined Carpenter Oak: 2007
What is the most embarrassing job you have ever had?
I’m saving embarrassing jobs for when I’m trying to retire.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Carpenter Oak?
There’s no boss, who is the boss?
What is the best project you have worked on and why?
There’s a few! The best has to be The Art Gallery at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. It occupied my head for a few years (saw it right through from sketch scheme to completion). The Sevenstones on the Isles of Scilly is right up there too. Also (going back a few years now) Anderwood for values and simplicity. The house was built in the New Forest by the forestry commission for local commoners. All the Douglas fir for the frame was felled from the site the house was built on, we cut the frame in Brian’s cow barn down the road (with the cows, the rain, the wind and sub zero temperatures). I seem to remember Don had to do a runner from the raising of the frame as Natalie was going into labour! The whole job carried a good energy. I even built a bed out of the offcuts!!
When not in the yard what do you enjoy doing?
Surfing, sailing, van trips and kicking back with my family and friends.
Initially trained as a marine biologist I definitely took the indirect route into carpentry, architecture and timber framed buildings. Inspired by my dad (joiner and house builder) I ditched the snorkel and bought a hammer! After training, working and gaining experience with various timber frame companies I finally settled at Carpenter Oak in 2007. I now operate between a small office in Falmouth and the Cornwall yard in St Ives, carrying out design work for Carpenter Oak in Cornwall.
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