We are pleased to welcome Ross one of our subcontract fitters on-board as a full-time employee. In due time, it is hoped to develop his skills to being our site supervisor – enabling Carl Hewlett our Works Manager to take a larger part in expanding our customer base.
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.
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.
On completion of the Gate House project 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. Gill Gelder our traditional book keeper took a six-month sabbatical at the end of October to enable her to grow accustomed to nearing retirement. Julia who has been working alongside Gill for three years, has taken up the reins as office administrator and is bringing the office up to speed with accounting software. Even Bryan’s diary has gone electronic
The new workshop is settling down well with lots of space compared to the Jack Straw 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. Our two fitters Baz and Ross both attended asbestos awareness courses with Ross also attending a ‘On-Site Emergency First Aid Course’.
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.
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.
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. Project details and images can be seen in this case study (pdf download).
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.
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