Sunday, 23 August 2009

Workshop Raising

The workshop in the woods went up on June 9th 2007, culmination of 10 days of cutting and joinery, weeks of weather watching, months of letter writing and form filling, and years of dreaming and planning. A fine crew turned up on a fine day, and after 3 hours of leveling, lifting, placing, raising, hammering and pegging....the Douglas Fir frame was up and sitting pretty in its new woodland home. The fire was lit as the sun dipped, the fish fried and the venison stewed, the ale supped and the guitars strummed. One of those memorable days, the fulfillment of a long held dream, a wee hut in the woods. Thanks to all who helped, the kettle's always on....

When September comes...

Middle car park, last September....the light in the autumnal tunnel. Got a lovely series of framing projects lined up to start in mid-September, which leaves a couple of weeks to tidy the workshop, sharpen the tools, get in the water and on the coping.

Gulval Barns

I've just finished a 7 week project in Gulval near Penzance, a 4 bay barn renovation with some interesting features. Stefan Roux designed and drew the frame, Anton Coaker supplied the oak, and I worked with the customer on this one, leading him and a young lad through the framing and raising. Jamie Lovekin and I had worked with him before, building the roof for another barn at his place, the one he now lives in (below). Always nice to get repeat work and see how past projects are settling in, and I look forward to seeing the new project when finished.

Sunday, 16 August 2009


(above) Shelter Seat in Coronation Park, built in conjunction with Tino Rawnsley, 2007. Oak frame, copper sheet roof.

(above) Barn renovations near St Issey, working with Jamie Lovekin, 2006.

(above) Douglas Fir Bus shelter and bike shed outside the hospital in Launceston. Colin Milburn's project, 2003. Western Red Cedar shingles and cladding from Tino Rawnsley.

(above and below) Joel Hendry designed and lead this project, the biggest one I've worked on. Adding to the remains of a Dartmoor longhouse, we built this 8 bay frame in the summer of 2006, using barn space in the farm next door, with Devon oak from Anton Coaker. A great job to work on.

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Poolhouse in Kent, 2005, green oak frame and cladding, with tiled roof. Built alongside Simon Scott, in Hever.

Angled linkway between barns, again at St Issey with Jamie Lovekin, 2006.

Forestry Barn at the Royal Cornwall Showground. The first green oak frame that I worked on, 2003, it has an interesting range of infill styles, including cedar cladding, lime render, woven split oak and wattle and daub. Great to see it come to life every summer during the show.

Pottery workshop in St. Kew, another project with Jamie Lovekin in 2005/6. The potter has a fineworkshop, I have a fine teapot and mugs.


(above and below) Extension to a listed thatched cottage in Hampshire, again built working alongside Jamie Lovekin, 2005. We built this frame in the workshop at Gear Farm, nr Helford, then shipped it up to the site and assembled it in 2 frosty winter days.

(below) Conservatory Roof, extension to old mill near St. Germans. Collaboration between Jamie, Joel Hendry and myself. Oak frame with Douglas Fir rafters. 2005.

(above and below) A pair of porches at the Old Carpentry Shop, Trelights, 2006. A small enough job to do on my own, though helped with raising by a good builder.

As well as making the porches, I made a pair of oak doors to fit under the front porch, and a seat to go around an old apple tree in the garden. A very enjoyable series of commissions.

(above and below) This barn renovation at a Duchy owned farm near Cullompton, was the job where I really learnt the core skills of oak framing. Working under the instruction and supervision of James Lovekin, a team of 3 built this frame in 6 weeks in 2003. With interupted tie beam cross frames, and plenty of vernacular authenticity, it really fired my excitement for this fine style of woodworking.