Peter, who established his Halifax-based business in 2002, served his apprenticeship more than 40 years ago at a traditional joiners and undertakers in the area. From an early age, he worked on historic and listed buildings where he became a dab hand in making cross-boarded doors which are considered the oldest method for creating doors commonly found in historic churches, farm houses and older buildings.

“The construction and appearance of our doors gives a quality feel and the perception that they many be hundreds of years old, even though they often incorporate high specification locks and alarm technology.”

As an experienced carpenter, Peter worked on various small and big restoration projects, including Salts Mill in Saltaire and Dean Clough Mills in Halifax but it was his life-long passion for producing cross-boarded doors which inspired him to set up his own business. It should come as no surprise that Peter enjoys restoring ash frames on classic cars including racing Bentley’s and Rolls Royce’s.

selection of cross boarded doors for a client in sussex
completed period door with hatch

Everything is made by hand

A major challenge for the business is the sourcing of good quality oak for the doors, and we are fortunate to have identified Summerscales Saw Mills in Grimsby who source and cut their own wood. Peter personally selects the boards for each door, and in addition, makes all the nails and studs individually in his workshop.

Hinges are made by a local engineer, whilst ironmongery which incorporates high security locks, is also sourced locally.

all doors are hand made
all doors are made using traditional methods

Traditional methods used

The crafting of cross-board doors is a painstaking process and starts off in the workshop where traditional methods to aging and maturing the oak. Peter’s team of craftsmen blends various oils, including linseed, to produce a natural finish. A cross-board door is process is very hands-on to ensure the quality of each door is finished to a high standard.

More recently, Peter and his skilled team finished a 3 year renovation project on a Grade 2 listed A Star Yeomans manor house in Halifax  which included restoring a 14th century door. Other projects include a Maltings barn restoration and producing a consignment of cross-boarded doors for an order from Japan.

Sustainable English Oak

Oak is much loved for its beauty, heritage and prestige. Oak has durability and strength and is a sustainable building material when sourced responsibly.

All Oak used for our doors is specially selected from old English Oak located in Lincoln and Grimsby. Typically the English Oak is 35 to 55 years old.

Peter travels himself to the warehouse and inspects each piece of wood for every door made to order.


storage of old english oak

Selection of completed doors

Attention to detail is the ability to achieve thoroughness and accuracy

Are you ready to open your new door?