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January 2018

Can you fill the gap?

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A carpentry vacancy has arisen in our busy yard near Petersfield; can you fill the gap?

We are looking for an experienced carpenter, ideally with some knowledge of roofing skills, who is willing to learn the traditional art of heavy oak framing. Enthusiastic trainees also considered.

The ideal candidate will be based in our framing yard between Petersfield and Liphook, Hampshire and working on everything from traditional Oak framing to contemporary steel and timber hybrid structures, all with the same attention to detail and high level of craftsmanship, followed by time spent on site to assemble the job. As we undertake work across the whole of the UK from Cornwall to Scotland, this may mean occasional overnight stays for short periods or traveling directly to site. Typically each team of 4 will work on the frame from start to finish, allowing you to experience the full process of fabrication and the sense of achievement when admiring the completed Oak frame.

We are looking for someone with enthusiasm who shares our passion for this real craft. It is interesting and varied – from creating large house frames for individual self-build clients, smaller scale garages, out buildings and barns, to the careful restoration of historic treasures! Please take a look around our website to see for yourself the wide range of projects we have been involved with, many of which are multi-award winning examples of the highest quality structural carpentry.

We value our craftsmen highly and invest in both in-house Oak frame training and external training courses – NVQ, CSCS, PASMA and more. Standard hours are from 07:30 to 16:50, Monday to Friday.
If you think this position would suit you then please get in touch and send your CV to: rosemarie@greenoakcarpentry.co.uk. We look forward to meeting you!

Bethnal Green ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Memorial

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Bethnal Green 'Stairway to Heaven' MemorialThe unveiling of the Bethnal Green Stairway to Heaven Memorial took place on the 17th December 2017. It was a moving occasion with the few survivors of the disaster and the doctor on duty that evening aged 102, still with us for the unveiling.

Bethnal Green was the site of the largest civilian disaster of the second world war and took place on March 3rd 1943. 173 men, women and children were crushed to death in the narrow entrance to the underground station being used as a bomb shelter during an air raid. Sworn to silence the relatives bore their loss without recognition of the horrors that unfolded that evening.

Bethnal Green 'Stairway to Heaven' Memorial
Bethnal Green 'Stairway to Heaven' Memorial

The memorial is the culmination of 11 years work for the Architect Harry Paticus and 6 years (on and off) for the Green Oak Carpentry Company. The ‘Big Box’ was made entirely from Teak (Tectona grandis) sustainably grown in the plantations of Java, finger jointed into long lengths and then glued into 150mm square beams to form the sides and roof. 173 tapered cones were cut in the roof to represent the victims, and the names engraved into the sides with a specially designed type face called ‘Bethnal Green’.

Bethnal Green 'Stairway to Heaven' Memorial
Bethnal Green 'Stairway to Heaven' Memorial

The Green Oak Carpentry Company are proud and delighted to have been involved in helping to bring this project to realisation. A short news report video about the unveiling of the Stairway to Heaven memorial can be viewed here.