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s t o r y

I have been building and making my whole life. Growing up I took my bewilderment about the world to a tool cupboard or woodland trail, put my hands on it, turned it over in the stream, and tried to build something out of my confusion. That curiosity is still there: I still appreciate tools, high-tech or primitive, I still delight in trees and timber.

Formally a design engineer with a decade of experience in the sport of Formula One, ingenuity and detail have always been present in my work. I also call myself a carpenter and a craftsman, though in practice something in between and across disciplines.
I resonate too with the life of engineer Walter Faber in the novel Homo Faber (Latin for "Man the Maker”). His rapport with machines and logic used soley for “the erection of a world of things” - as Hannah Arendt put it. Later in Walter’s journey a series of synchronistic events break his severe rationality to reveal a wider arc of life: What we make of mortality, impermanence, and our cares and concerns for the world.

Why we make matters.

So, in my work, I try to uphold qualities of humanity I long to see, and it means practical people, like me, can help shape a future more fit for all our kin.

r e c e n t  p r o j e c t s

Design & Build
cabinet making
timber fabrication

Combining natural materials with modern and traditional techniques I take on a range of design/make projects, alone or collaboratively.

Underpinning this work is my interest in design and learning through making, and the role of the hand and body in developing a fuller understanding of the world and our condition.

Rural Co-housing
a bucolic design strategy

Part dream, part exercise; how to build an affordable community of small, well-made, well-considered, rural homes. And in doing so raise up the potential of a land based, regenerative, carbon zero life amid the land, lanes, rivers and woods I love. A new kind of hamlet. Work in progress, South Devon.

Out of the Valley
building cabins and other spaces

I have spent long periods living in cabins. Places built small but with more invested in each inch. Working here in the studio-workshop during 2016 and 2017, we experimented with those ideas.

Photo credit: Out of the Valley

Exisitng systems providing housing need reform, and are not taking responsibility for social and environmental change.  Transition Homes CLT is a citizen-orientated developer, where housing is done-by, not done-to the community. Our vision is the empowerment of local people and communities to create the sustainable homes they need, in the places they need them.

Our main focus is currently the delivery of the Clay Park site; a £5 million pound, 27 eco-home project, on the edge of Totnes. Much of the housing will be affordable rental and shared ownership for local people.

Image credit: Barry Jobson Architects

Tom Winfield BEng MSc
Dartington, South Devon

t: 07786 061005