Green oak framing

The term green oak framing relates to the technique of using recently felled timber, to create a structural framework that forms the skeleton of traditional buildings, bridges, roof trusses, lanterns, lock gates and other heavy timber structures. After a tree is felled, it is transported to the sawmill where it is cut to the size […]

Peach House – An oak framed garden building

The story of Peach House is like that of every oak framed garden building, there’s more to it than you could ever know from looking at the finished structure. This project brought together people who have influenced the course of my career, design aesthetics that initially seem to be polar opposites, and traditional skills that […]

Landscape Structures – The Bird Hide

The Bird Hide was the start of it all, my first foray into project managing the build of an oak timber structure.  I spent eight months in 2011 following the Princes Foundation Building Craft Apprenticeship and this was our live build project. The culmination of our learning, a test of all of the skills we’d […]

Oak Framing – Princes Foundation Tutoring

Tutoring that spans 10 weeks, in which 10 students use traditional oak framing techniques. That’s the outline of the live build phase of the annual Princes Foundation Building Craft Apprenticeship. In 2011, I was one of those apprentices and from 2012 onwards I’ve been one of the tutors. I learned new trades alongside expert craftsmen […]

The Threshing Barn

                    In December 2013, I purchased a derelict barn in the centre of Ulverston, a town in southwest Cumbria. Over the next four years, (when time and money allowed) I demolished the existing property and rebuilt a new, two bed house on the same footprint as the […]