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Dan Strutt

Dan Strutt


Joined Carpenter Oak: 2015

Interview with Dan Strutt

Which is your favourite Carpenter Oak project?
The first frame I co-built and put up

If stranded on a desert Island, which three people would you take and why?
Ryan Stoneman – the only person on the Carpenter Oak fishing trip to catch anything

What is the best comedy film ever made?
Airplane!/Naked Gun – Comedy gold and the same bad jokes as me.

What do you enjoy most about working at Carpenter Oak?
Being on a project from start to finish and then going to see what you have made get raised – very satisfying.

Where is your favourite place in the world?
It would have to be at home with my family

What do you enjoy doing when not in the yard?
Oil painting, especially seascapes and local places, surfing around Devon and Cornwall. I think my favourite thing though is going down the river Dart on my boat, lighting fires on the banks, fishing, camping with my family, being outdoors.

What is the most embarrassing job you have ever had?
Not sure it’s embarrassing but the worst job I’ve had is when I was young and working in a milk factory. Everything smelt of milk, I smelt of milk the whole time, it was mind numbingly boring. Actually an embarrassing job is any concerning a uniform with a baseball cap because it makes my ears stick out. Woodlands had baseball caps.

What sort of music do you enjoy listening to?
I have a very broad taste in music, everything from classic rock to classical. My wife has an ipod full of terrible pop music, which she sometimes leaves in the car. I quite enjoy listening to that too…

I was born in New Zealand and lived in Nigeria before my family moved to Totnes in South Devon. I went to Dartington primary and then on to KEVICCs, and of course did the obligatory Totnes stint working at Woodlands. I’ve always enjoyed creating things, be it building or painting and I do think that generally people’s careers follow their instincts, for me that has been carpentry. I worked in the joinery shop of a company building motor caravans for 15 years, where I was part of the design, cut, and machine process. For years, Jono at Carpenter Oak had been saying I’d really enjoy it here and eventually when the time was right for a change there was a position available. I have now been at Carpenter Oak since 2015. My roles are carpentry and glazing, which we offer within the Devon and Cornwall area. It is a good balance doing both and is nice to have the variation, it keeps things fresh and interesting.

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