Traditional Carpentry and Joinery Shrewsbury

Commercial and Domestic building restorations throughout Shrewsbury, Shropshire


Robert Steele started working as an apprentice at a local Builder/Undertaker in Much Wenlock in 1968 and attended Shrewsbury Technical College and achieved his City and Guild in Carpentry & Joinery and Advanced craft. Robert continued working as a Carpenter and Joiner with local builders. Robert married Pat in 1975 and moved to Shrewsbury where he worked for a large local company. In 1984 with two small children Robert and Pat decided the time was right for Robert to become self employed. With his keen interest and love for his work, orders came flooding in, everything from small windows to large oak bars for a local publican and much more. With his interest in history and old buildings he developed his work towards repairs to listed and timber frame buildings having worked a few years for the National Trust and English Nature.

Pat has always helped with the running of the business and also works part time at a local Primary School in Shrewsbury.

It's lovely to have father and son working together a kindred spirit.

In 1997 Stephen, Roberts youngest son joined the business. Stephens apprentiship was undertaken by working under the guidance of his father, in a traditional way. Stephens interest and attention to detail was obvious from the start, it showed in the way he worked and produced quality work whatever the project.

In 2004 Stephen applied to the William Morris Fellowship and was accepted after interview, for the scheme. The Fellowship award is the only award of its kind for outstanding craftsmen in the country,it is designed to broaden the skills and experience of craftsmen involved in historic repairs. The programme had two common elements: The Philosophy of Repair: restoration versus repair, when to conserve what survives and when to renew. Excellence in Craftsmanship: executing repairs: skilful scarfing of new and old timbers, fine craftsmanship in repair: woodwork. Stephen was under continuous assessment and most of the training took place on sites where building repair projects were in progress. In November 2004 the family attended the presentation of the Fellowship to Stephen in London.

Ty Mawr Lime 2006
Demonstration and talk given at Ty Mawr Lime 2006.
Robert and Stephen a Lime day at Ty Mawr to give a talk and demonstration on sash window repairs.

Llandrindod Wells August 2008
Stephen gave a full days talk and demonstation about repairs to sash windows and timber purchases to a selected audiance of Architects, Conservations Officers and other interested clients.

Interbuild 2008 NEC Birmingham [October]
Stephen was asked to give a demonstration at the NEC Birmingham for the Society For the Protection of Ancient Buildings to the general public, trade, architects etc. about traditional repairs. During the two days Stephen and Robert were impressed by the general committement of some people to repair rather than take out and replace with plastic windows. A sample sash window has been made to enable all the componets to be taken apart, samples of repairs are also included in the window, pully stiles, wag tails etc. Stephen showed how to re-cord a sash, and explained how insulation is placed in the window along with other details.