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Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Jo Kirby, our longest serving Craftswoman.

With over fourteen years under her workbelt with us as a Senior Bench Craftswoman, Jo has done it all.

After achieving an NVQ at Hull College in Manufacturing she was taken on by Mike Soper and soon got stuck into learning as much as possible from the more seasoned members of the team and now is one of the longest serving employees herself.

“No there aren’t many women on the Bespoke Joinery side of things I suppose, but I took to it like a duck to water and haven’t looked back since” Says Jo.

“You can get a run of very basic things to do in the workshop but then you get something really challenging like the recent Gothic Arched Doors for Hall Road Church and that is really demanding, I love it!”

In her time she’s made everything on our menu of specialised timber products, Oak Staircases, Georgian Box Sash Windows, Green Oak Church Porticos, Boardroom Tables.” There’s nothing Jo isn’t highly skilled in” say Mike Soper.

Asked what advice she’d give to any budding apprentice looking for a future shaping timber, she said “Just go for it. I Did!”

Jo who’s recently taken her motor bike riding lessons and one day dreams of owning a Harley Davidson, is to chat with students at Hull College’s Carpentry and Joinery apprenticeship scheme, who will be visiting our Joinery Workshop in the new year, when Mike Soper will be giving them an insight into the trade.

“I think it’s important to encourage any youngster willing to take up a trade in Bespoke Joinery today. We’re growing in that department and are always on the lookout for people like Jo who have the right attitude and willingness to work”.