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Team CPD at oak framing specialist

— 09 Oct 2019


The CPD event in Devon was a great opportunity for construction professionals to come together


The timber frame of the build the team visited is both structural and beautiful


Detailing – hand drawn pegs are used in preference to machined dowels and are tapered for easier insertion


Oak frames being finished in the Carpenter Oak Workshop


Traditional tools are still used in the Carpenter Oak workshop


An informative day for attendees with the added bonus of some delicious local nibbles

carpenter oak cpd timber frame detail

Members of the technical team from Jonathan Rhind Architects’ Barnstaple office last week attended  an afternoon's CPD event at the Devon yard of oak framing specialists Carpenter Oak.

Senior Technologist Darryn Marrs, Architectural Assistant Jon Johnson and Architectural Technologist Samuel Asante-Amoah followed in the footsteps of Jonathan Rhind Architects Somerset team’s David Bridges and Pete Thompson who attended last year’s event.

Our Somerset office recently finished a timber framed extension to a listed Manor House on Exmoor, and timber framed structures can feature in pool houses and extensions within the curtilage of listed properties and Conservation Areas, so CPD sessions such as this are important for the team to keep up to date with the latest processes and specification.

Carpenter Oak are award-winning specialists in timber framed structures across the UK and overseas. They opened up their Devon yard to Architects, Engineers and contractors to tour the workshop, see their carpenters at work and find out more about timber framed builds. Attendees were told about the revival of traditional skills and the modern techniques used in the construction of timber framed buildings, as well as the design philosophy and guiding principles behind them.

The group were also able to visit a current project under construction, which was a great opportunity to see the details of frames being fabricated and assembled in situ.

There was a lot of useful information for the team to absorb from the presentations, and plenty of insightful discussions and information shared between attendees. There were also some intriguing facts, such as British grown oak is often naturally curved because of the wind, making it good for barrel vaulted frames. So our gusty weather is good for something!   

The day ended with a spread of delicious local food and fizz in the Carpenter Oak show barn and an opportunity to chat while glimpsing views of Dartmoor through the rather damp grey windy weather – possibly shaping trees for future timber structures.

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