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Belgrove Blog- Update 3

We interview David Stockwell- Belgrove Place's resident

joinery expert, about his work here at Belgrove Place.

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David Stockwell is here specialising in the refurbishment of sliding sash windows, front doors and staircases.

With years of experience in joinery, David is quick to spot the problems with the old sash windows, he can usually resolve them by restoring the sash frames with replacement timber and fillers to bring them back to their former glory.
He has started to refurbish our Victorian sash windows and they now allow the light to flood into the new homes.


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We interview David Stockwell to further delve into his work here at Belgrove Place... 

“Having been involved with Belgrove Place from the start when you could imagine its life as a hospital, with patients and medical staff moving through the building, now we have brought it back to life to make it into homes..."

 

David why did you choose a career in joinery and what do you think has made you successful?

I started my working career as a shipwright back in the mid-1970s. As fibreglass became more popular than wood it took much of the soul out of the boatbuilding trade and I made the move to bespoke joinery.Taking a pride in what we do, having an extensive knowledge of timber and understanding that the quality of finish starts the moment we source the materials, not when we reach for the glass paper and polish.

What previous project have you been most proud of working on?

A mahogany handrail for a Georgian house in Woodbridge. A challenge and so much fun to do!

What are the most important skills and ability required (Creativity, physical ability, persistence, logic/reasoning etc) for a career in joinery?

All of these, plus a good understanding of maths - especially geometry and the ability to visualise the finished product from the start, and finally attention to detail.

What's your thoughts on bringing new blood into your industry, do you feel that the training provided (on the tools, college or day release schemes) are adequate?

I feel that it is incumbent on my generation to pass trade skills on to the upcoming craftsmen/women, but at the same time they have to understand that it is a lifetime attitude to ongoing learning and that you cannot acquire the full skill set in two years at college/ apprenticeship etc.

 

Also, the employers need to undertake the long-term commitment and investment to produce good craftspeople - think how long it takes to grow the tree!

What does a typical "Day in your working life" look like here at Belgrove Place?

Arrive, sign myself and Rufus on to the site, put the kettle on for a brew while checking my work space for health and safety, how the project has progressed since I left it (e.g. is the glue dry, has the timber I want to use acclimatised etc). Check in with the site agent early to confirm any variations to the work load as the week progresses. Then back to my work space to get on with the staircases, doors, frames, length of moulding etc or whatever is needed.

What are the most enjoyable/rewarding aspects of working at Belgrove Place?

“Having been involved with Belgrove Place from the start when you could imagine its life as a hospital, with patients and medical staff moving through the building, now we have brought it back to life to make it into homes...And going home and getting paid are pretty cool too!

What projects are you looking forward to undertaking at Belgrove?

The staircases to the town houses and the front door and frame to plot 20.

How does working at Belgrove compare to working on your previous projects?

Having started working in a boat yard in Maldon, not having to lie in riverbed-sludge working on the bottom of boats makes Belgrove far more preferable!


Belgrove Place

1 - 6 bedroom homes

Prices to be announced

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