Joined Carpenter Oak Cornwall: 2014
I have been with the ‘Timber/Design world' since leaving school. I gained a BA (Hons) in Furniture Design in 1984 and then trained as a fine cabinet/furniture designer and maker producing highly finished pieces.
In 1987 I joined Carpenter Oak and Woodland as a structural framing carpenter. The work was mainly restoration and conservation of historical timber frames, culminating in the major repairs at Windsor Castle after the great fire of 1993. I gained huge knowledge of building conservation, running skilled teams of carpenters and project management.
In 1995 I had the opportunity to set up a new yard in Devon with my colleague Paul Kirkup, becoming Carpenter Oak Ltd. It was an inspiring time, building a new team, alongside living and raising a family in the beautiful South Hams.Then in 2014 we wanted to give an opportunity to team members at Carpenter Oak to run their own enterprise, very much a similar situation to that which we were in 20 years ago when we moved to the South Devon site. A team leader, Tim, being able to move back to his roots in Cornwall felt right and it’s important to Cornish clients that they employ Cornish people, so in doing this we’re local to our clients.