Construction Advisor [2010-]
Charley has worked in timber construction since 1979; studied Ceramics and Three Dimensional Design at Bath Academy of Art; a member of Timber Framers Guild, ICOMOS, Ancient Monuments Society and SPAB; a past member of BWF British Standards committee. He is a founder and chairman of Carpenter Oak & Woodland Co. based in the UK, a specialist team which he built up to a turnover of £2.7m, employing 55 people on three sites. He is a past chair of the Carpenters Fellowship.
Award winning projects have covered small and intimate to large in scale and span. He works with a fascination for the material; and strives for high standards of design, craftsmanship and service. Conservation work has covered structures from 20th C industrial to the early medieval period. Operating on several continents gives a broad understanding and context of different cultural drivers and a range of practice including: conservation, design and construction consultancy forming teams specific for each project, managing them and their logistics in the UK, developing world, and extremes of Antarctica. Predominately using home grown timbers, respecting the spirit of the materials in their natural form, finding a deep-seated enjoyment and fulfillment in the buildings that are created.
A visiting lecturer at several universities; and a regular contributor to courses and workshops. Since 1980 he has been running training-workshops with unskilled people to deliver highly skilled results. He is experienced in coordinating and supervising low-skilled teams on large-scale timber construction sites, including within an educational context. These projects include working with teams of school children on the Bedales School Theatre and the dining hall at Colerne Primary School; with architecture students he has supervised design-build workshops including Studio in the Woods.