A hands-on day of practical techniques led by four members of the outstanding team of carpenters and joiners from Carpenter, Oak & Woodland.

Peter Burman, University of York

Company history

Carpenter Oak & Woodland was founded with conservation at its heart – and continues to lead the industry to this day.

The leaders in oak-frame conservation

Carpenter Oak & Woodland sprang from the need for conservation of our unique timber-framing history.

conservation door detailOrigins in conservation

Carpenter Oak & Woodland was founded by Charley Brentnall, in 1987. Charley has over thirty years’ experience in timber conservation, construction and design – and played a central role in the renaissance of timber framing in the UK. Indeed, Carpenter Oak & Woodland’s bespoke home business sprang from its conservation skills – creating ‘barn style’ houses to fill the need created by the lack of original buildings to restore.

stirling castle conservationConserving the UK’s most important buildings

Our timber-frame heritage is a rare thing; important buildings must be restored with great care and sympathy. We’re proud to be responsible for some of the UK’s most important timber-frame conservation projects – including Windsor Castle (after the fire), Stirling Castle, Dolbelydr (the birthplace of the modern Welsh language) and even Shackleton’s huts in Antarctica

dolbelydr conservationAward-winning conservation

It should come as no surprise to find out that our timber conservation work has won many awards. For example, the restoration of the medieval roof at Stirling Castle in Scotland was a RIBA award-winner, the Commandery in Wiltshire was a Civic Trust award-winner, while Dolbelydr in Wales has won numerous awards, including in the conservation category of the Wood Awards, and the RICS Award for building conservation.

conservation roof thatchOperating from two locations

Our Wiltshire oak-framing yard was opened when the company was founded and we opened another yard in Scotland, close to the Loch of Lintrathen, in 2000. This has given us strong geographical coverage, along with access to local skills and materials. Our Scottish team works both on its own projects and together with the English team – on buildings (or for timescales) where a larger team is needed.