There are only two of us in the workshop year round, but for bigger projects I often bring in more hands. I'm very lucky to be able to call on a number of carpenters who are happy to work on this flexible basis. They are people who I have worked with at some time in the past and who I have selected for their particular skills and experience.

I can bring together a team of reliable carpenters for a big project at any time given a little advance warning.

Below are pictures of some of the usual suspects.

My own background in framing: 

I have extensive experience (over 20 continuous years, which is more than anyone else in Scotland at this time) of jointed heavy section framing, or "green oak framing", in various timbers and various stiles, having worked for a fairly diverse group of companies both in Scotland and England.

I have built houses, towers, bridges, castle roofs, iron age roundhouses, modern offices, staircases, palace doors, and composting toilets. I have worked on the biggest timber building to be built in Britain for who knows how long (Loch Lomond National Park Headquarters) and maybe the smallest (scaled down demonstration frame for Historic Scotland). I even got my 15 seconds of fame on Grand Designs when I was team leader for Carpenter Oak and Woodland on the cruck frame for the Moffats in Argyll. Not an experience that I'm very keen to repeat!

My last employment was, in fact, a six year stint at the Carpenter Oak and Woodland Scotland Yard, where I developed design and management skills as well as the carpentry and team leading I was more used to. During this time I not only finally completed their onerous training programme, but I also became the trainer and assessor for their Scotland yard, contributing many new modules to the training programme itself.

I was involved in the formation of the Carpenters Fellowship UK, serving as one of it's founding directors, and in the  organization and establishment of both "Frame" (the UK timber framers gathering, now ongoing for almost two decades) and "Skelf Frame" the Scottish regional gathering.

J. Rose Carpentry