Meet The Team
TouchWood are an eclectic bunch, bringing together a diverse skill set that results in a creative and efficient team who produce highly engineered, beautiful structures.
We’re everything from sculptors to Landscape architects, play experts to groundbreaking designers. More generally, we’re fun loving people who are passionate about play, the environment and ethical business.
Joe founded TouchWood and with the help of the rest of the team, has refined it into what it is today . He’s playful at heart and passionate about seeing places and spaces brought to life in partnership with their communities.
Our Sustainable Approach
Our sustainable approach has shaped the company and remains at the core of how we run. We buy local, we buy social and we buy environmental – when you buy our products you will too. Now that’s real sustainability.
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We love working with people who are looking to make a difference to their local spaces and communities. Our customers include schools, PTAs, local authorities, community groups, parks, visitor attractions, developers and landscape architects. But don’t be put off if you’re not one of them, give us a call to arrange a free consultation and see if we can add you to our list of happy customers.
If we’ve learnt anything over the past 13 years it’s that we’re better together. We have a network of trusted partners who help us create the very best spaces and equipment you can imagine. Working with the likes of Storyteller Martin Maudsley, sculptor and artist Jim Buchanan, Richard Barry representing Learning through Landscapes and water form artists Ebb & Flow.
We source our timber from local woodlands and our local sawn timber from East Brothers , get technical advice from engineers Structural Solutions and work closely with rope gurus Rubicon Play. Add to these the masters of play at the Scrap Store, landscape architects Davies White Ltd and Landscape Contractors Gerald Davies; We have experts on hand so we can open up a world of play that goes far beyond the boundaries of our wood yard… and helps us make sure that every place, space and community we work with has a truly unique space that’s right for them.
We’re passionate about a lot of things and keeping traditional skills alive by training the next generation of woodcraftsmen is one of them. In partnership with the Prince’s Trust we’re proud to host several Apprentices each year, many of whom go on to work with us permanently. Our Apprenticeships give young people who aren’t in education, employment or training (NEETs) career opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have and many of our clients, organisations like Merlin Housing and Keepmoat Contractors, choose to work with us so that they too can support the next generation of craftsmen.