Will Aikman

Will Aikman


Joined Carpenter Oak: 2014

Interview with Will Aikman

Favourite timber frame joint:

I’ve done some hips with dragon beams recently, which has been fun.

Best project you’ve worked on?
Moss – Great frame on an island on the Thames, with great weather and great clients.

What music are you listening to in the yard?

Tom K and I recently had an excellent 90s indie revival

When not in the yard what do you enjoy doing?

Surfing, triathlons, playing with my son.

Which three colleagues would you take to a desert island?

Assuming there’s great waves on this island I’d take Don to go surfing with, then Matt Q has got some pretty good outdoor survival skills so would come in handy. And Sarah to keep us in check and look after us all.

Which colleagues would be in your dream carpentry team?

That’s tough. Everyone’s great in different ways. Alan usually has biscuits with him so that’s always good.

What do you enjoy most about working with wood?
NOT leaving wood chips all over our house and getting in trouble with my wife

What is the best comedy film ever made?
Super Troopers

Where is your favourite place in the world?
Karijini, Western Australia

I was born in Perth in Western Australia but grew up in Cambridge. After studying Psychology at Swansea University I moved to North Devon in pursuit of waves. I worked as a surf instructor for seven years, allowing me to surf and travel all over the world. I began training and working as a carpenter in 2007. We lived in Australia for 4 years before returning to the UK to get married in 2013. While traveling in Canada I realised my passion for timber framing by completing a introductory training course. Upon our return I got in touch with Carpenter Oak and a month later we made the move from North to South Devon. We now live in beautiful Kingsbridge where we bought a house in 2016 and our son was born in 2017.

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