Author: Richard Penny
An Oak Bicycle
A bicycle has been made out of solid oak by a specialist manufacturer in Tockwith. This was to showcase the firm’s technical ability following an investment in new machinery.
Oak By Design has also taken on two new members to staff as it looks to expand its range of products to meet increasing customer demand.
The business produces custom-made structural buildings such as orangeries, conservatories and oak garages. They only use seasoned air-dried oak and have invested in new wood planers and computer-controlled cutting equipment. This will enable the firm’s carpenters to handle larger pieces of oak, as well as producing more intricate and complex designs.
To keep up with growing customer demand, the company moved into a new 7,000 sq ft workshop on the Locksley Business Park in Tockwith. This is roughly seven times larger than its original site in Wetherby.
Director Richard Penny founded the company in Wetherby in 1997 selling reclaimed bricks and old timbers. These were for specialist period renovations specified via architects. In 2011 the firm opened its first showroom on Kings Road in Harrogate to showcase its expanding range of oak products.
Several years later, a new showroom has been created with secured lending from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
Richard Penny said. “We’ve been taking on increasing amounts of heavy construction projects such as roof trusses, porches and garden rooms. Therefore, it made sense to ensure we had the capacity to handle this on a regular basis.”
To showcase the technical precision that the new equipment they have built a fully working, solid oak bicycle. This is in commemoration of the now regular Tour de Yorkshire, complete with solid oak wheels, seat, cogs and chain.
Mr Penny added. “As a growing Yorkshire company, we wanted to raise awareness of the benefits the Tour de Yorkshire can bring to our community.”
“Building something as technical as a working oak bike gave us a chance to show our skill, expertise, passion and commitment. Each project we are given, allows us to demonstrates our ability to creatively solve problems for our customers.”
Gary Whitaker, relationship manager with Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said. “Oak By Design’s steady growth in recent years is a testament to the quality of the team’s work and Richard’s strong business acumen.
“To help drive their growth they have also recruited two new members of staff to join their team of eleven. They are on course to grow their turnover by more than 20 per cent this year. A great achievement for an SME manufacturer in a highly competitive sector.”