Customer Focus - Jonathan Nex

With a passion for woodcrafts and traditional carpentry, Jonathan Nex has transformed a hobby into his own business, focusing on attention to detail, craft and effort shown by previous generations of craftsmen.

Jonathan's first projects were marine-based, creating two wooden boats, a Chamberlain Gunning Dory and a 17ft Ian Oughtred skiff. From there, Jonathan moved into furniture making, creating products such as shaker tables, chests of drawers and wardrobes inspired by Frederick Larsen's work.

Ever keen to expand his knowledge and experience, Jonathan wanted to develop his skills in garden carpentry, Jonathan mentions, "I started visiting gardens in the National Gardens Scheme and was impressed by the craft and originality shown by previous generations of craftsmen in many of the wooden structures I came across." It was here that Jonathan decided to grow his business in the garden carpentry trade. "I wanted to be able to offer clients an opportunity to access similar levels of craft and design.

Since focusing on the garden sector, Jonathan's clients and projects have been diverse and wide ranging, including reproduction gates using original patterns, garden rooms, sheds, loggias, pergolas, decks, car ports and special one-off commissions, including a 'Peach Porch" designed to stop a peach tree from suffering from leaf curl.

Jonathan's designs and projects often require Western Red Cedar Shingles, which is where Silva Timber were happy to provide assistance. Silva's Western Red Cedar Shingles can be seen in projects below, including a loggia, garden building and a porch.



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Western Red Cedar Shingles offer an ideal product for roofing and sidewall applications due to their durability, versatility, appearance and ease of installation. Jonathan commented, "I use Western Red Cedar shingles because they look good and are easy to use when working solo. They offer flexibility of design, are eco friendly and smell wonderful!"

It was also pleasant to hear Jonathan has a positive relationship with Silva Timber. "Silva Timber have always been friendly, competitively priced and a professional supplier. I always enjoy my chats with Keith, he's patient and always has something useful to add."

To view Silva Timber's Western Red Cedar shingles click here.

Jonathan has a Facebook page with galleries of his projects. Click here to view. He is available to work across the South East and South West of England.

To discuss a project with Jonathan you can contact him via, or phone 01460 234 868 or 07504 611 263.