John, the joiner

We follow his cue–when he takes tea, so do we.

When he puts his cup down, we trail him back to work.

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His name is John.

He’s been a joiner at the Miles and Company Yard for 17 years now.

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I caught up with John after a busy weekend in Bristol. The quiet efficiency of his shop was in stark contrast to city street parties and pub football.

But as much as I wanted to chat longer with him, I didn’t want to interrupt his day. He was very cordial while the awestruck American snapped a few photos.

This morning, he was working on a set of library doors for a flat in London. The doors are made of English oak. The grain is perfect all through the stiles, rails and panels.

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Panels feature the characteristic “cat’s paw” so common in English oak. John book-matches the knot patterns to great effect.

We see cat’s paws daily in our hewing as well:

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…and festooning oak trunks on our walk in the wood the other day–

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Steady and sure, his work is of the highest quality.

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Richard putting a light finish on one of John’s doors.

If Central Casting needed a traditional English joiner for one film or another, they would need to follow John around for a few days.

They would have to be prompt about their morning and afternoon teas, however.

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I should be retired now…I’m 69 years. But I DO love my job. 

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5 thoughts on “John, the joiner

  1. graemeu says:

    Foresters take note: Fuzz is good

  2. Jason says:

    Great stuff Rick!

  3. Richard Law says:

    It looks really cosy and clean working indoors, I’d never hack it. [You mean sweeping up would just be too much effort? -Ed]

  4. justin says:

    Give me one more post before i am forced to leave this place. I swear i’ve got one more week in me.

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