Don

I am a carpenter at heart, and it's what I do best.  I left school and went to college, and then after that I went to university pretending that I could be some sort of academic.  I don't regret doing that because it's life and it all counts, but all the while I knew that what I really wanted to do was make cool stuff with my hands.

I have travelled and worked with lots of different people in a lot of different countries.  In 2002 I settled in at Carpenter Oak in Devon and I enjoyed nearly 17 years with them, eventually becoming one of their senior carpenters.  In 2019 though, it was time for a change at last.

I took a break with my family and we headed north into Scandinavia for 3 months.  We lost track of time in the 24hr daylight, going whichever way the wind blew; skateboarding, riding, surfing, and just spending time with ourselves and our new friends.

After that amazing trip we landed back in Devon where I spent a few months with some friends in Kingsbridge and their new company called Huti.  We made some cool stuff including some oak framing, an amazing staircase and a small cabin. I value the good relationships I have made with all the friends I have worked with, and I can still be found in all their various workshops as and when they need a hand. ​

My Philosophy

Making things from timber is what I know best, but I have a pretty broad skill-set which includes some building skills, some mechanics and also some metalwork.  I like a challenge and I make an effort to avoid doing the same old stuff.

Having said all that, I am not a fan of smoke and mirrors.

If  I can't help you then I will either collaborate with some of my amazingly talented friends, or simply suggest somebody else for you to call.  

My work is a massive part of my life, and I want my life to be fun, rewarding and useful. 

 

I am not in a rush to get it over and done with.