ben taylor

The business was set up by my father, Alan Taylor,
in 1969. Trading as Alan Taylor and Sons, his reputation as a skilled artist and carpenter grew through word–of–mouth. He undertook a considerable amount of wood turning, made candlesticks for St. Edmund’s Church, and worked extensively on bespoke projects for local estates.

With dad away on holiday in 1980 I made myself a turned bed. This was enough to inspire me to work with my father and learn the trade. And the bed is
still in use today!

I grew up with dad building weird and wonderful things all around me. High quality in design, materials and craftsmanship are second nature to me. It’s hard for me not to notice details, good or bad.

Every thing I make is bespoke or to order. I like to use traditional techniques such as draw boring or wedged mortice and tenons and am meticulous about using good quality materials.

I have worked on old buildings and enjoy restoring good quality small buildings, bell towers, conservatories, summerhouses etc. I have been keenly restoring and building my own barn conversion with modern extension, with many quality materials old and new, often re-claimed and usually locally sourced. See my blog for progress updates on this!

For eight years I worked with the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture as lead tutor on design and build projects. I taught groups of about 20 international students building vernacular, old and modern style buildings.

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The Workshop 
College Farm 
Basil Road
West Dereham
PE33 9RP

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