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The Village Workshop

The Bowyer family, David, Tina and their children, Julian, Andrew and Lucy moved to Zeal Monachorum from Hampshire in 1984 where David’s original profession was a carpenter/Joiner and builder. Zeal Monachorum has not disappointed them. A wonderful Village to live in. David sold his Goodwinch business last year and retired, although he still retains the off road course. Having emptied and sorted out his workshop, he has decided to open up what he calls ‘The Village Workshop’. Something to keep him busy in his semi retirement!

Inspired by the BBC 2 programme ‘The Repair Shop’ David has always enjoyed designing and making things in wood. He thought, why not put his experience to either making things or repairing items for people in the area.

Over the years, David has accumulated a very comprehensive range of tools together with sawbenches, a bandsaw, a mortiser, a surface & thicknesser planer, an overhead sander and a large wood lathe. He still owns a smaller Coronet lathe that he purchased 49 years ago which he now uses as a polishing/buffing machine. Along with other sundry sanding, drilling and grinding/sharpening machines, he can take on most things.

He also has a good range of screws, bolts, fixings and many different glues to make and repair most things. A very good range of modern and antique ironmongery is also available through various catalogues to order for what David makes.

Bookcases in oak and pine is something that David really likes designing and making, which can incorporate adjustable shelves finishing in Danish or Osmo Oil.

During the last year or so, David started making small items like storage boxes, apple boxes, Squirrel feeders and Hedgehog houses and it wasn’t long before he found his feet in being asked to make rustic benches in oak, cold frames, potting stands, vertical herb planters, recycling and rubbish stations, rustic tables in oak, and sign making. He also designed and made a new Bulletin Board for the village.

If he is not making something, he is taking on refurbishing seats and furniture and to date David has refurbished a large old wooden bed, a number of garden seats and an antique family photograph holder.

There have also been many other items brought back to life and some things safer to use. We will regularly update the Workshop photograph gallery to show just some of the commissions and work carried out so please come back from time to time to have a look.

In fact if you have any ideas of what you would like made in wood for your garden, home or office, why not give him a ring.

Obviously David can only take on so much and all his commissions are for the local community as he can’t take on making a bookcase for somebody halfway up the country and send it by TNT or Royal Mail.

In his earlier days when his Father retired from the building industry, David had a workshop restoring antiques and making reproduction oak refectory tables. It’s during those days that he met Tina, that was 53 years ago!

Tina says, ‘whatever job, restoration or repair that David carries out, he always likes to do it well and be satisfied that he has given it his best, even if it takes a little longer’.

Whatever your requirements in making most things in wood, or carrying out repairs in the workshop, contact David Bowyer ‘The Village Workshop’ at East Foldhay, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton, Devon. Telephone: 01363 82782 (workshop) or 07802 759284 (mobile)

Gallery of items made

Repaired and refurbished




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