The Landbarn Carpenters

The woodworking volunteers at Landbarn Farm carry out a wide range of conservation quality commissions for the National Trust, other charities and parish councils. Their workshop sits in an idyllic valley at the base of Denbies Hillside, near Westcott.


Tools for the job

Their well-equipped workshop based in converted dairy sheds, is complete with electrical saws, planers, lathes, spindle-moulders and proper dust extraction units. This enables the team to complete a whole host of different projects from heritage window frames, churchyard gates, barn doors and wood sculptures. Heaters keep the place cozy in winter.

They work mostly in FSC accredited oak harvested from Bookham Commons and allowed to season for six years before it is taken into the workshop.

Team development

The team started with three volunteers. Today there are seven plus professional wood sculpter Iain Carver. They have all been well trained in the tools available and have created a great team spirit. Taking on new challenges, refining their techniques and expanding skills are all part of the satisfaction. The work covers everything from selecting the wood, wood-trimming, sawing, drilling, design and furniture making.   

Interested in getting involved?

Our current team has a variety of backgrounds - from accounting to teaching to engineering - so previous woodworking experience is not essential. However the work does require practicality, attention to detail, and a commitment to accuracy, plus working as part of a close team.

If you wish to find out then please email our Lead Ranger at Landbarn Farm Henry Barnard -  









Keep an eye out

When you’re out and about on the Hillside look out for all our lovely picnic tables and benches - these were made by Tim, Peter and Robin (the orginal team) and some newer recruits Kevin, Iain and Chris.

Where does the timber come from?

We use our own oak timber from sustainably managed woodland on nearby Bookham Commons.