Bespoke Services

This is how one of our clients described our approach to the work we do:

“Building with Heart and Integrity”

We are a female led not-for-profit Carpentry and Joinery Company and we really put our heart into any project we take on and give it everything. We know how to communicate clearly with you about your needs and requirements, so that problems can be avoided and you are in control of your project from start to finish.

We pride ourselves in doing complete work to a very high standard to a budget you are happy with.

Here are a few projects we have done:


Bespoke Oak Double Gate

bespoke oak gate
assembling in the workshop
tenons wedged and glued
checking the curves will work
dry assembly of the small gate
6 tenons will need to fit at the same time!
diagonal brace meeting the corner
tenon fits - now to cut out for the wedges
it began with a stack of oak...
bespoke oak gate
assembling in the workshop
tenons wedged and glued
checking the curves will work
dry assembly of the small gate
6 tenons will need to fit at the same time!
diagonal brace meeting the corner
tenon fits - now to cut out for the wedges
it began with a stack of oak...
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bespoke oak gate
assembling in the workshop
tenons wedged and glued
checking the curves will work
dry assembly of the small gate
6 tenons will need to fit at the same time!
diagonal brace meeting the corner
tenon fits - now to cut out for the wedges
it began with a stack of oak...
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Here is a double gate in oak to replace an old broken one at the entrance to a driveway. We saved what we could, took the old galvanised hinges off, coated them in black – and re-used them. The design process involved listening to the client’s ‘must-haves’ : It needs to be sturdy, made of hardwood, have curves, look aesthetically pleasing and keep out the wild ponies – I think we achieved the brief!

Staircases

we did it - stairs installed on a confined landing!
stairs and handrail all finished
Setting out the strings - alternate tread stairs
fitting string to the wall
tread and riser assembly
staircase pre-assembled in the workshop
the shaped treads
stairs installed
we did it - stairs installed on a confined landing!
stairs and handrail all finished
Setting out the strings - alternate tread stairs
fitting string to the wall
tread and riser assembly
staircase pre-assembled in the workshop
the shaped treads
stairs installed
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we did it - stairs installed on a confined landing!
stairs and handrail all finished
Setting out the strings - alternate tread stairs
fitting string to the wall
tread and riser assembly
staircase pre-assembled in the workshop
the shaped treads
stairs installed
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Alternate tread staircases are a solution for confined spaces where a conventional set of stairs won’t fit. The treads are paddle shaped and alternate, therefore increasing the angle of the staircase to above the usual maximum of 42 degrees. This staircase had to be assembled on site due to the restricted access.


Fitted Cupboards

fitted oak bookcase with and irregular angled side and moveable shelves
installing oak bookcase
bathroom alcove to be turned into useful storage space
installing bottom unit
bottom unit with ash and ply doors and ash surround
finished fitted cupboard with cupboard unit and shelving unit
birch ply fitted cupboard finished
fitting at the workshop
Blum hinge
drawer unit being installed
fitted cupboard installation
using Blum drawer runner system
fitted cupboard all finished
fitted oak bookcase with and irregular angled side and moveable shelves
installing oak bookcase
bathroom alcove to be turned into useful storage space
installing bottom unit
bottom unit with ash and ply doors and ash surround
finished fitted cupboard with cupboard unit and shelving unit
birch ply fitted cupboard finished
fitting at the workshop
Blum hinge
drawer unit being installed
fitted cupboard installation
using Blum drawer runner system
fitted cupboard all finished
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fitted oak bookcase with and irregular angled side and moveable shelves
installing oak bookcase
bathroom alcove to be turned into useful storage space
installing bottom unit
bottom unit with ash and ply doors and ash surround
finished fitted cupboard with cupboard unit and shelving unit
birch ply fitted cupboard finished
fitting at the workshop
Blum hinge
drawer unit being installed
fitted cupboard installation
using Blum drawer runner system
fitted cupboard all finished
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Extra storage space? We can do a range of different types of fitted cupboards ranging from using birch faced ply to a combination of hardwoods and ply or MDF. The fitted cupboards were all designed to deal with very specific requirements from the clients. For example, due to the height of the room in the alcove (just over 3m), one client wanted some storage at the top that would be used for things that she didn’t need to access very often. She also wanted some deep drawers and a couple of shelves to break up the space. Now that alcove is transformed into a very useful storage and display space. The ash faced fitted cupboard and shelves were fitted into a former cupboard in a bathroom and now make for a very attractive storage and display space. The oak bookcase now provides useful additional shelves.


Energy efficient traditional Timber Framed House

Energy efficient traditional timber framed house
Raising the timber frame with a roust-about crane
fixing frame with pegs
ground and first floors raised
Timber frame complete
Fixing Rafters
attaching to party wall
Roofing
fitting Velux and slates
upper floors finshed
Back view overhang
Back view
Front view
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Energy efficient traditional timber framed house
Raising the timber frame with a roust-about crane
fixing frame with pegs
ground and first floors raised
Timber frame complete
Fixing Rafters
attaching to party wall
Roofing
fitting Velux and slates
upper floors finshed
Back view overhang
Back view
Front view
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Yes – we built this house from scratch. We started with digging out the site to lay the foundations and worked up from there! We had to overcome numerous difficulties with this build, one of them attaching to a granite rubble party wall with the neighbouring house. Another was to incorporate the (probably) biggest cantilever in Devon! We also wanted to make it as energy efficient as possible, so we built an air tight design with an MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery ) unit inside the house for amazing air quality without the heat loss. So this house is where traditional meets the modern, with super comfortable living, high energy efficiency and pretty low bills!

Energy efficient traditional Timber Framed House – Inside

Plastering!
finished plastering
from studwall to finished room
Building cupboard around the MVHR unit
Building cupboard around the MVHR unit
Insulation with Intello membrane
Laying Screed
Laying pipes
Building stud walls
Fitting stairs
Plaster boarding around the timber frame
Plastering!
finished plastering
from studwall to finished room
Building cupboard around the MVHR unit
Building cupboard around the MVHR unit
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Insulation with Intello membrane
Laying Screed
Laying pipes
Building stud walls
Fitting stairs
Plaster boarding around the timber frame
Plastering!
finished plastering
from studwall to finished room
Building cupboard around the MVHR unit
Building cupboard around the MVHR unit
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Energy efficient traditional Timber Framed House – Finished

Top Floor bedroom
Staircase to first floor
Kitchen on ground floor
Stairs to top floor
Bedroom 2
Stairs, bannister and timber frame
Bedroom
Office
Bathroom
Top Floor bedroom
Staircase to first floor
Kitchen on ground floor
Stairs to top floor
Bedroom 2
Stairs, bannister and timber frame
Bedroom
Office
Bathroom
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Top Floor bedroom
Staircase to first floor
Kitchen on ground floor
Stairs to top floor
Bedroom 2
Stairs, bannister and timber frame
Bedroom
Office
Bathroom
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Holiday Cabin

Finished cabin clad with larch shiplap
Cabin - before
taking down the rotten bits
preparing ground for foundations
Rowena and the whacker plate
setting out with laser level
Easy pads and sill plates
walls
Fixing roof trusses
roof trusses in place
window and door openings
refurbished part is weather tight
roof complete
Finished cabin clad with larch shiplap
Cabin - before
taking down the rotten bits
preparing ground for foundations
Rowena and the whacker plate
setting out with laser level
Easy pads and sill plates
walls
Fixing roof trusses
roof trusses in place
window and door openings
refurbished part is weather tight
roof complete
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Finished cabin clad with larch shiplap
Cabin - before
taking down the rotten bits
preparing ground for foundations
Rowena and the whacker plate
setting out with laser level
Easy pads and sill plates
walls
Fixing roof trusses
roof trusses in place
window and door openings
refurbished part is weather tight
roof complete
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This beautiful cabin needed some restoration work being done. It was originally built in the 1940’s and hadn’t seen much updating since the 1970’s. So we set to work and took down the rotten part and repaired the saveable bits. The client wanted the outside to be as maintenance free as possible, so we removed all of the old cladding and replaced it with larch shiplap cladding. The structure is now stable and sound and we are finishing off the inside now.


Campaign Furniture Style Drinks Carrier

Campaign furniture style drinks carrier
Inside - space for bottles, glasses, soft drinks and built in chopping board
Inside - ice bucket is under soft drinks and glass compartments lined with wool felt
fixings - brass screws with filed off heads on the front
corner mitre with oak tongue
swan neck handle
Campaign furniture style drinks carrier
Inside - space for bottles, glasses, soft drinks and built in chopping board
Inside - ice bucket is under soft drinks and glass compartments lined with wool felt
fixings - brass screws with filed off heads on the front
corner mitre with oak tongue
swan neck handle
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Campaign furniture style drinks carrier
Inside - space for bottles, glasses, soft drinks and built in chopping board
Inside - ice bucket is under soft drinks and glass compartments lined with wool felt
fixings - brass screws with filed off heads on the front
corner mitre with oak tongue
swan neck handle
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This was a fun little project for a client who wanted to be able to serve drinks with style! The brief was to have a ‘box’ that can carry drinks, ice bucket, lemons, knife and glasses for 4 people. It needed to be light-weight enough to be carried by one or two people, not damage glasses in transit and incorporate a chopping board. To keep cost and weight down, we chose birch-faced ply with an Osmo tint. Above is the finished product from the design process together with the client!


We’re good at waney and non square!

Waney edge oak shelf
waney edged shelves with branch forks
Bespoke shelves with branch forks
fitted cupboard next to granite chimney
Oak tree supporting floor joist
Oak timber framed porch
Waney edge oak shelf
waney edged shelves with branch forks
Bespoke shelves with branch forks
fitted cupboard next to granite chimney
Oak tree supporting floor joist
Oak timber framed porch
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Waney edge oak shelf
waney edged shelves with branch forks
Bespoke shelves with branch forks
fitted cupboard next to granite chimney
Oak tree supporting floor joist
Oak timber framed porch
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We’re good at all things that are waney and non square. We like to show off the natural shapes that the wood has grown in. Whether it’s a bespoke waney edge oak shelf with branch forks as support, an entire oak tree supporting a floor joist or a traditional timber framed porch – we know how to work with material that can’t be bought at the builder’s merchant. We work with the client to create unique pieces. For example, to make the oak shelves we re-used some oak beams the client had previously taken our of her house. I then went hunting for suitable branch forks in the woods and air dried them ready to use.


We always start with a free consultation with you about your project. We will work with you to make a clear plan that you are happy with and that will meet your budget. 

Whether your project requires to be hand drawn or designed using CAD, we can provide you with whichever approach will work best for your ideas.


A shout-out in praise of Astrid Arnold who is doing (huge) repairs to our cabin-in-a-field alongside her apprentice Rowena and husband Hugh. And, I tell you, she is top notch. Expert, grafter, great communicator, completely trustworthy and all round the best. I feel really lucky to have been able to have Astrid at the helm. Also, if you have the chance to do a course with her in Devon, go for it. 

Grace Emmerson, Bristol

After hearing about Astrid’s work as a carpenter, especially teaching women carpentry and other DIY skills, I commissioned her to design a driveway gate which would look “a bit out of the ordinary”. The result was extraordinary, and passers-by have repeatedly commented on its beauty and uniqueness – truly a piece of art. I then asked her to replace a door to our barn. Although she didn’t build the door herself, she did a fantastic job in re-fitting it, renewing the surrounding frame, the floor inside, and generally creating a wonderful fitting door. I’m just waiting for another opportunity to invite Astrid to let her creativity flow on another project. She enjoys working collaboratively, is wide open to ideas and suggestions, and is thoroughly competent in what she obviously enjoys: working with wood.  I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.

Roger Ash Wheeler, Chagford, Dartmoor