English Oak Buildings founder Rory was introduced to timber frame building 20 years ago by the French Master Carpenter Frederic Brillant. He was apprentice to Frederic in his workshop on Vashon, an island off the Seattle coast where it was soon clear that he had found his vocation. Coming to England Rory soon found himself working on important new builds and restoration projects, including the rebuilding of Windsor Castle. Branching out on his own was the logical progression, and with more and more work coming his way Rory set up English Oak Buildings with Mark in 1999.
Mark worked for five years after leaving school where he specialised in hand converting timber, woodland products and timber framing. After achieving a first class honours degree in fine art sculpture, he set up English Oak Buildings with Rory in 1999, and now spends his time as a frame designer. When he’s not at work he can be found cycling around the Mendips.
Mat is our Production Manager. He is the longest standing member of staff, having been with English Oak Buildings since 2003 and is crucial to the smooth running of the workshop. His pastimes include rugby, tennis and walking.
Dexter is our Workshop Manager & Health & Safety Officer. He joined the team in January 2014 and has proved enthusiastic and crucial to the smooth running of the workshop with Mat. His pastimes include motorbikes, cars and cycling.
Will joined the team in August 2015 and is a valuable member of staff. He plays trombone in a band called Antelope and can often be heard flexing his vocal chords in the workshop. His pastimes include, Antelope, pottery, wheelwrighting and scuba diving.
Tom joined us in October 2017 and whilst he’s from a joinery and furniture making background, he’s proving to be an excellent framer. His pastimes include mountain biking, cooking and dog walking