The Presence of Trees

by Michael S. Glaser

I have always felt the living presence of trees

the forest that calls to me as deeply
as I breathe,

as though the woods were marrow of my bone
as though

I myself were tree, a breathing, reaching
arc of the larger canopy

beside a brook bubbling to foam
like the one

deep in these woods,
that calls

that whispers home.

About me

"The German Carpentry" is dedicated to providing the highest standards of workmanship and service. As well as building bespoke oak frames, we can also provide a complete design and construction service for energy efficient timber frames. Our aim is to create healthy and energy efficient living spaces using sustainable and environmentally friendly materials.

Toni Jakopovic and Tobias Engert, the founders of "The German Carpentry" are Master Carpenters who studied at the Federal Master School for Carpenters in Kassel, Germany, following a traditional three year apprenticeship. Toni completed his apprenticeship with the "Fuhrberger Zimmerei" the most reputable timber-framing company throughout Germany whilst Tobias completed his apprenticeship with "KEGA Holzbau" a company in southern Germany which specialises in ecological building systems and highly energy efficient eco-homes.

The title of Master Carpenter, according to the German skilled trades act, goes back to the Middle Age Guilds and is the highest qualification available in the carpentry trade in Germany.It guarantees a high standard of craftsmanship and competence. It is compulsory to have gained this qualification before forming and registering your own company or taking on your own apprentices.

At "The German Carpentry" we are convinced that our expertise and experience can provide the same high standards here in the UK. Our aim is to design buildings which have an outstanding energy performance to reduce your heating bills and your carbon footprint!

We also want to create both a natural and a healthy living space, free of potentially harmful substances which are often used in standard modern construction techniques. We are dedicated to using recycled and natural materials such as cellulose and hemp and only work with suppliers and manufacturers who share the same ideals of sustainable and environmentally-friendly construction.