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What our clients say

At the heart of everything we do, lies the needs of our clients.

We have worked with thousands of clients since 1987, from first-time self-builders to the biggest architectural and engineering firms in the UK.

Many kind words about our work have been said over the years, here are just some of our favourites…

Carpenter Oak have huge depth and breadth in both their knowledge and technical capabilities.  They have a culture of making everything possible in timber framing, they are a pleasure to work with and work to a high standard.  This sets them apart from other framers in the industry.
George Batterham, Batterham Smith Architects


Carpenter Oak did an extraordinary job managing and constructing the Forest of Imagination Pyramid. They have an expertise that is second to none in terms of complex timber structures, and perhaps the best team of skilled carpenters in the world. The project simply could not have happened without Carpenter Oak, and the broad skillset that they brought to the project from design through construction management
Piers Taylor, The Invisible Studio, Forest Of Imagination

I would work with Carpenter Oak again without a doubt. On design they were fantastic, they delivered everything when they said they would and it was astonishing how quickly the frame went up. The team on site were really dedicated despite heavy rain when they put the frame up, but they turned it round in four days, they were brilliant.
Ed SteinThe Cornish Arms, Padstow


Working with you guys is much more of a pleasure than with most contractors or subcontractors, largely because you are so appreciative of doing a really good job.
Peter Clegg, Feilden Clegg Bradley ArchitectsAccordia, The Earth Centre

The Carpenter Oak experience was, as expected, a sturdy and robust service, with style and enthusiasm, a team of skilled workers who truly cared about the journey of this sensational building
Peter O’Brien, Gitcombe Retreat


We are delighted with our timber engineered visitor centre – it is a very special building for a very special place.
Client, Rosslyn Chapel


Building in oak was for us a shot in the dark – it was a huge leap of faith.  I’d never had any experience of timber buildings before. Carpenter Oak were definitely the team to make this happen.
Steve Chamberlain, Nancarrow Farm


The gallery at Tremenheere is a remarkable success. I believe this is a building in which everyone involved can take huge pride.
Neil Armstrong, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens


I love the fact that from the entrance you have no idea of what lies behind the door.  When you open it up, the oak frame frames the view of the lake. A lot of people who come to the front door are surprised, from the outside you would not expect the space that you see upon entering the house.
Melanie, Tingrith Lakes

Working with Carpenter Oak was a fantastic example of working with true craftspeople who have mastered generations of skills working with timber. The original decorated frame of The Department Store was used as the inspiration for the new structure, which was purer in form and had a natural beauty and clarity.
Squire & Partners, The Department Store

Carpenter Oak’s attention to detail and supreme oak expertise is second to none. You only have to look at their portfolio of beautiful oak framed dwellings to understand their quality.
David Irwin, Fleming Homes – Arden

Everything went really well and all looks great. Your guys were exemplary and were extremely professional, they were meticulous in the detail and the frame fitted pretty much perfectly on the foundation.  It has been a pleasure dealing with you and Carpenter Oak on this project and I hope to work with you again in the future.
Jason Cooper

We were delighted with our finished home and convinced we made the right choices. We were very involved with the design process and visited several Carpenter Oak projects to get an idea of what we might achieve.

Mark Dowie – Devon Farmhouse

Making a connection between the heritage of the site and the existing oak frame and a new oak frame was an obvious one. After looking at all the major frame providers, Carpenter Oak was a clear choice.
Nicholas, Fallow Buck

We felt at home with Carpenter Oak – there was a huge amount of trust. We felt we related to them and trusted Carpenter Oak almost like we’d known them forever. It was a huge challenge for us. Carpenter Oak took the worry out of the really important stuff, there were areas where we just didn’t appreciate what was involved.
Anthony HighamOak House

What a wonderful frame, it looks amazing… Chris and Paul, top blokes! An absolute pleasure to work with them… as usual when working with Carpenter Oak, a memorable and most enjoyable experience.
Alec Wilsoncase study

Watching the oak frame go up was incredible, and within three days it was fully erected. I almost didn’t want them to build anything around it because it was so beautiful…
Annie Laing – case study

Working with Carpenter Oak has been an utmost pleasure and their professionalism matches the quality of the product they provide.  I must say a big thank you to Jean, the lead carpenter and his team of Ben, Chris and Muna. They are true craftsman and their work will be on display for generations to come. Every time I sit down in our barn room and gaze upon the oak framing, I appreciate how extremely fortunate I am to be surrounded by such beauty. Thank you Carpenter Oak!
Craig and Sarah MacAlpine – case study

Other framers said it couldn’t be done, you have created a fantastic and beautiful space that has transformed our house. Professional, encouraging and helpful; the tricky levels and the joining of two buildings that were not parallel foxed some, but not Carpenter Oak… thank you so much.
Roger and Suzie

It’s beautiful. I just love being inside the home, and looking at it from the outside. Just stunning. Everything I wanted! Thank you.
Jane HoltBramble House

Esther and I would like to pass on our thanks for all the hard work, commitment and effort that you put into our project. Ou
t of all the builders and various trades that we have had to deal with your company has been the best on every front.
Robert and Esther Shipp

We have a fantastic frame that will become part of our lives for many years to come. I would just like to say again that the whole team who came to erect the frame made it a week that Louise and I will never forget.
Richard and Louise Parsons

From our first meeting to completion of the frame we have received extremely professional service from everyone at Carpenter Oak. The frame was delivered ahead of time to a high standard of workmanship. The team of craftsman were excellent, nothing was too much trouble and they happily took time to explain anything we queried.

Andy Turner, Director, Princeton Homes

It has been one of the pleasures of this scheme to have Carpenter Oak on the project. They have responded to all requests made of them, both during the design and build on the original building in a professional, positive and cheerful manner, meeting and in many instances, bettering, programme dates.  I can unreservedly recommend this company and will have no hesitation in placing further business with them in the future.
SM Strutt, Strutt & Co.

We’ve dreamed and schemed for over two years and the frame you built and erected surpassed those dreams. It has been a pleasure to deal with you and we have been unhesitatingly recommending you to the people who have stopped to ask about this impressive oak frame.
Ron and Maggie Wilson

The extra mile that Carpenter Oak went, particularly with the client’s children, taking time to explain about oak, giving them hands-on opportunities, allowing their involvement in the construction, then finally issuing them with “apprentice certificates” was very much appreciated.  I personally look forward to working with Carpenter Oak on many projects in the future.
Nigel Henham, Director, DPDS Architecture

We are so pleased with the timber frame that you all worked so hard to produce. The raising was so exciting for us last week and it was such a joy to have the guys with us for the week and we are so grateful that we are now the proud owners of a beautiful handcrafted Carpenter Oak frame!

Helen & Mike Badley

Sustainability meets aesthetics and demonstrates it can provide all the elements of good architecture.
RIBA Award 2002 Judges, The Earth Centre

The construction of the crossbow would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work shown by you and your team; we very much appreciate the commitment you have all shown over the past six months.
Kate Mayne, ITN, Leonardo da Vinci crossbow

I think the oak frame was the talk of the village and quite a few cars stopped to see what all the fuss was about! It has been a pleasure working with you and I would recommend you to anyone wishing to build with a green oak frame.
G Kirkpatrick

I really cannot find the words to thank your team for this weekend. They were truly phenomenal!! It was a bizarre, surreal weekend, but incredibly exciting. We all really enjoyed ourselves and got more than we could have ever wanted for the programme. Carpenter Oak’s teamwork at their Wiltshire yard was incredibly impressive. We also really enjoyed their company – they’re a superb bunch! We’re just sad it’s all over!

Clare Duncan, BBC, Building The Impossible


The carpenters were phenomenal! They are your best advert both in terms of their ability and approach. Led by Alex, with Geoff, Graham and Fergus from your Scotland yard, the frame was put up in the worst possible weather conditions. It was driving rain for the whole day, with the north east suffering flooding, but the team were as helpful and cheery at the end of the day as when they first arrived …real heroes.
Brian and Margaret

Every member of your team with whom I have contacted has been positive, helpful and enthusiastic – exactly what a novice like myself needs when making such life-changing decisions. The day the frame was erected will always stand out in my memory. I cannot thank you and your team enough.
Rosie, Client


It has been an education and a privilege to watch you work over the last few days and I have been able to appreciate the skill and craftsmanship that has gone into the construction. You have been a great team to work with and I am absolutely delighted with the outcome
Cathy Cooper


We are speechless with delight and so is everyone who has seen it! We are so full of admiration for the skill of all the team.  Thank you for making it all possible.
Shelagh and Martin Herbert

Thank you for sending a team who were a pleasure to have around – they were courteous, informative and efficient. Nothing was too much trouble and they worked together quietly and methodically. We were in awe of their skills and still are. Thank them for us – and above all, thank you, for our beautiful oak building.

I and K Walker


Please pass on our thanks to Tom and Niki and the team in Devon for the great job they did erecting the oak frame for our project last week.  This is the second Carpenter Oak project we have done and as with the first one, everything went well.
John Biggs


Working closely together Carpenter Oak, Roderick James Architects and a high quality local contractor delivered our dream West Highland home on time and within budget. We couldn’t have had a less stressful or more creative client experience.
Peter Boyden – case study

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