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History

Robert Steele started working as an apprentice at a local Builder/Undertaker 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.. In 1984 Robert and decided the time was right 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 and for private clients.

In 1997 Stephen, Roberts’s youngest son joined the business. Stephens’s apprenticeship 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 interviewing for the scheme along with two others. The Fellowship award is the only award of its kind 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.

Stephen was under continuous assessment and most of the training took place on sites where building repair projects were in progress, such as St Pauls Cathedral, York Minster and other high status buildings and monuments. In November 2004 the family attended the presentation of the Fellowship to Stephen in London. In view of Stephen`s experience we spent time learning about the use of Lime in old buildings and the inappropriate use of cement and gypsum.

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