Charley Brentnall


Spatial Structures Tutor

Atul Vohora

Charley Brentnall has played a pivotal role in the renaissance of timber framing in this country. He started a timber framing and vernacular buildings business in 1979 and founded Carpenter Oak & Woodland in 1987.  He has over 30 years experience in timber construction and conservation, is a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Bath and York and a member of the Timber Framers Guild, Carpenters Fellowship, Icomos and SPAB. He is a past member of BWF British Standards committee.

Charley works with a fascination for wood, and strives for high standards of design, craftsmanship and service.

He uses homegrown timbers, respecting the spirit of the materials in their natural form and finds a deep-seated enjoyment and fulfillment in the buildings that are created.

Since 2006 has run a private conservation, design and construction consultancy firm, forming teams specific for each project. He believes in challenging precepts on how we live and work in the environment.

In recent years he has been involved in the STUDIO IN THE WOODS project with architect Piers Taylor which is an ongoing education programme with the intention of promoting the exchange of architectural knowledge and skills through experimentation and direct experience. He has also been overseeing projects at SUMMER BUILD 2012: DESIGN-BUILD CONSTRUCTION AT HOOKE PARK. The Architectural Association’s building programme at Hooke Park at its woodland site in Dorset.