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Tom Vaughan

Tom Vaughan

Team Leader

Joined Carpenter Oak: 2017

Interview with Tom Vaughan

Which three people would be in your dream carpentry team?
Jean – for the skills and knowledge, Don – as above and to keep Jean in check, Jono – to keep the tools working

What music are you currently listening to?
Arcade Fire

Favourite project you’ve worked on and why?
I really enjoyed raising the Cook frame down at Hope Cove. I hadn’t cut any of the frame, but there was a good team, late autumn sunshine and a beautiful, classic ‘barn style’ frame

Favourite timber joint and why?
I’ve been enjoying cutting top plate table scarfs

What is the best comedy film ever made?
Point Break

What do you enjoy most about working with wood?
Taking a natural material and through a simple set of tools, making it into a structure that should last for centuries.

When not in the yard, what do you enjoy doing?
If it involves the outdoors, preferably the beach and my beautiful little family I’m happy!

Do you have a favourite quote?
‘Daddy, when me a big boy, me go to work with you yeah’ – Jasper Vaughan

Where is your favourite place in the world?
Right here

Following a sports science degree I trained to be a teacher of DT working in Cornwall and Plymouth for a number of years. After a mini career break spent surfing throughout Europe and Morocco with my wife, Leonie, we both decided to take a new direction. Leonie into Physiotherapy and me as a self employed carpenter. We moved back from Cornwall in 2017 to the South Hams and feel super lucky to be back living and working our dream jobs in such beautiful surroundings close to friends and family.

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