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Stuart Dunbar Carpentry, based in the Oxfordshire town of Wantage, England, provides a range of high quality traditional and contemporary carpentry services.

Drawing from over ten years of experience in green oak timber framing, Stuart Dunbar specialises in the design and construction of timber frames, from porches and garden rooms to roof trusses and larger outbuildings such as garages and beautiful garden offices. Using a blend of traditional and modern tools and techniques, new structures are hand-crafted, faithful to the long history of English traditional timber frame building.

As skilled craftsmen, experienced in the repair of mediaeval timber structures, including Grade 1 and 2 listed buildings, conservation and restoration projects can also be undertaken. After a full survey, a schedule of repairs is drawn up as required. All repairs are then carried out with attention, understanding and adherence to the conservation principle of minimum intervention, maximum retention, where retaining the structural and historical integrity of a building is the imperative.

A complete bespoke joinery service is also offered, and all jobs, however small, are most welcome. Stuart Dunbar is a small, friendly company which aims to provide the highest quality of workmanship and service, always with attention to the small details that make all the difference. We also have a network of professional associations to draw on where specialist consultation is needed in areas of design, engineering and conservation.

Stuart Dunbar: After working with Kris Ruhs, an American furniture and installation designer, at 10 Corso Como in Milan in the early 90's, I returned to England and studied furniture design and construction at Rycotewood College in Oxfordshire, graduating in 1996 with HNC Furniture Design (Merit) and City and Guilds Furniture Craft 5550/2 (Distinction). From there I have been fortunate to have had a fascinating career under the tutelage of some of our finest craftsmen.

I started out with Bossom’s Boatyard in Oxford, fitting out, most notably, the renowned sea-going Vertue II. I then spent five years with McCurdy and Co. in Berkshire, where I was privileged to develop my carpentry skills on such wonderful projects as the 14th century Pilton tithe barn. From there I moved on to Oakwrights of Frensham and latterly to the Oak Frame Building Company, under the wing of Patrick Graham, as lead carpenter of his small team of framers.