Specialists in heritage woodwork including
residential, churches, colleges and schools


December 2020

Sam Eeles joined our estimating/marketing team. Sam brings great experience with our JMS estimating package and will further enable Carl to be even more proactive on the production side of the business. Zero C have requested Gelder to quote staircases for the homes at Places for People. The kitchen for Inside Out was completed just in time for the client to prepare their Christmas lunch. With the Christmas break falling on 23rd December, there was a sense urgency to complete other works ready for installation starting 4th January 2021

September 2020

As St. John’s Porters Lodge draws to finish, we move onto Rhodes House refurbishment and redevelopment along with some initial works at St Edmund’s Hall. Both these projects are in their early stages for Beard Construction. As a new challenge we are undertaking the supply of a kitchen for Inside Out Developments

October 2020

Carl has been invited to look at further work at Harpsden Wood House, Henley. Having carried out extensive works on the redevelopment between 2016 and 2019, the architect Jon Lees was keen to have Gelder Joinery on board for a further development at the property. We have now completed the Installation of a benefactors arch at Merton College which proved a challenge as we discovered pipes and ducting that no one knew existed.

September 2020

Taking a place in our training program, we welcomed George Corti, joining us as an apprentice bench joiner. George is a 16 year old school leaver from Matthew Arnold School.

Works continue on the Zero C Places for People door sets to be delivered and installed by end of October.

August 2020

Savvy Construction ordered extensive joinery works for the refurbishment of the St. John’s College porters lodge.

Mark Peacock our consultant QS, joined us full time, allowing Carl more time for the workshop and site visits. Nigel Bartlett joined us as a bench joiner.bringing extensive traditional joinery skills along with experience of training apprentices

July 2020

After stiff competition and intensive negotiations, Hutchins and Green ordered the very complex panelling for The Benefactors Arch at Merton College, Manufactured in European Oak throughout, stained Jacobian Oak, treated with fire retardant  and finished with exterior lacquer.

June 2020

Having been unsuccessful in our tender for the door sets at Places for People at Bletchington, we successfully tendered for a further 30 rear door sets at this site. The door sets to be made in phased lots, manufactured in Accoya, double glazed, fitted with multi-point locks, factory finished and site fitted.

May 2020

All staff are back from furlough and we are able to press ahead with windows and doors for the Worcester College site at 6 Walton Street

April 2020

On 27th April half the staff returned from furlough with others returning during the first weeks of May.

March 2020

Installation took place of the “Harry Potter” doors in Christ Church dining hall, this very prestigious job can be seen in the photo section. On 27th March most of our staff where put on furlough leaving Julia and Mark working from home to keep maintain customer contact and continue quoting new work.

February 2020

Completion and fixing of an unusual set of units for Solid State Logic at their Begbrook offices,

January 2020

Christ Church College asked us to secure and replace a large double hung box sash window, which had blown out in a storm. Subsequently, we were also asked to replace an adjacent window – both being made in oak to match the original design.

December 2019

Installation of Balliol College Porters lodge was completed. Benfield and Loxley placed an order for arched pair of glazed fire doors for Christ Church College dining hall (the ‘Harry Potter doors’ based on the famous scene filmed in the dining room).

November 2019

Work commenced on the refit of Balliol College Porters Lodge for Savvy Construction. The work included two sets of glazed entrance doors, three glazed fire rated oak internal doors, curved oak reception desk and JCR and SCR pigeonholes.

September 2019

We have just completed the design and build of a large high quality garden house for a property in north Oxford. This large job features fully insulated floor, walls and roof and high qaulity oak flooring and ceiling

August 2019

Following delivery of the cutting tools from Germany we have begun training on the Vertongen tenoner which will allow us to mass produce a wide variety of windows and doors for the first time. This machine also allows us to provide a CE rating for our high specification doors and windows.

July 2019

We have just commissioned a new paint spray room which will allow us to deliver high quality workshop painted joinery to our clients

June 2019

We have completed the work for Benfield and Loxley for the refurbishment of Wolfson College Buttery which includes oak doors and fitted furniture.

Andrew has been working on a very tall “Alternate Tread” staircase made in “Pithy Oak” (sometimes called Cat Paw Oak).

May 2019

The double volute oak stairs are being stained, polished and decorated for installation in mid July. At the end of the month we installed a large segmented bay window for Wolfson College in Oxford.

March 2019

We are pleased to welcome Ross one of our subcontract fitters on-board as a full-time employee.

Stephen Taylor our staircase man is well underway with a very ambitious oak staircase, double volute first and second tread, volute open run handrail with ramps, reefs and turned spindles. This due to be installed at the end of April.

January 2019

The start of the new year the ongoing replacement of windows in a large period property in Abingdon keeps our site staff busy along with works to sound proof the floor on the second floor.  We have also been involved with some very interesting timber wall panelling in Banbury. Our manufacture of briquettes produced from wood shavings has been a source of entertainment for visitors to the workshop. One briquette is equal to ten times its volume of loose shavings, they pop out of the machine like large magic.

November 2018

On completion of the Gate House we are pleased to receive the order for the Belvedere at the Edwardian Restoration project. A Belvedere is an ornamental structure in the garden where one can go to sit in peace. Being substantially made of stone, our section of works comprises the specialist roof structure which tested the skills of our tradesmen and allowed the apprentices to see what they can aspire too.


September 2018

The new workshop is settling down well with lots of space compared to the Jack Straws Lane workshop making life for the joiners much easier.

September saw the introduction of two new apprentices Alfie Comer and Jago Downs to complement our ongoing training program.


July 2018

Having spent several hours negotiating, our estimator Ken Gelder was thrilled to receive an order for 20 large double glazed traditional sash windows to be manufactured together and then fitted over the next 6 months. With our new workshop, we are able to store items until they are required on site.

April 2018

It has been many months in the planning and we are now pleased to say we have moved to our new home. After over 30 years in our small workshops in Jack Straws Lane we have moved to larger premises in Kidlington. In a hectic 6 weeks we have renovated, decorated, improved staff areas, installed a new office and added new machines and dust extraction to the workshop.

Last week all our heavy machinery was moved and as of 3rd April we will all be getting used to our new home at: 15B Station Fields Industrial Estate, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1JD.

December 2017

We are please to announce that Gelder Joinery have won the prestigious title of Project of the Year 2017, from the leading industry body, the British Woodworking Federation (BWF). We were awarded the trophy for conservation grade woodwork on an extensive Edwardian House restoration.

One of the firms apprentices was runner-up for the Trainee of the Year award. Further information on the awards can be found on the BWF website.

Events prior to this can be found in our News archive


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