Sussex Father and Son to receive award at Mansion House and make history


Adam Hobbs and his son William Hobbs were honoured today to receive the Master and Journeyman awards in recognition of their exceptional Joinery skills from a dedicated ceremony at Mansion House, London.  The honour of Father and Son receiving the Master and Journeyman award was a first for the Livery in its long-established history.  The presentation is to be made by The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor, Professor Michael Mainelli (Alderman)

Adam Hobbs has over 45 years of experience working at the pinnacle of Joinery and refurbishment of properties.  Having entered work through an apprenticeship, he quickly moved through the ranks of employment before setting out on his own business enterprises.  A consummate perfectionist, a trainer of many apprentices globally, he excels in his chosen area of period properties including Georgian, Victorian and Arts & Crafts period where he is considered a true master. He is passionate about period property, maintaining high standards and allowing the seamless integration of new technology with the old style and skill of use of wood and other materials.

William, runs the successful and accomplished Joinery Boys Limited.  This is a bespoke joinery and cabinet making business based in Uckfield, East Sussex which he has owned and operated for the last 6 years.  William has sixteen years of experience working at the highest level of bespoke joinery in mainly residential properties.  Having entered the trade as an apprentice, learned from two master’s one of whom is his Father who he has watched and learned from as a child to this day.

William has become highly skilled at operating woodworking machinery, especially the spindle moulder which he has used for bespoke moulding profiles and complex shaped work that is a dying art in the industry.  When providing clients with replacement joinery he has the capacity to match the existing in a way that is seamless and preserves the architectural beauty of some of our finest buildings.

For new contemporary interior cabinetry, he has an eye for detail and quality. His understanding of traditional joinery methods shines through in all his work whether it be doors and windows, decorative framing, shopfronts, specialist cabinet work or his speciality which is cut string staircases.  He is the same consummate perfectionist as his Father is and is as passionate about his trade. His works has taken him to projects in France and throughout Sussex.  Father and son are best described as two peas in the same pod or in joinery terms “a perfect dovetail”.

Adam has had extensive international business experience in addition to his Joinery skills.  He has worked in a range of industries and has resided in Central America, Asia and Europe in the last 16 years.  Now semi- retired he lives in Messanges, a village in SW France, where he resides with his wife Sheila.  They are completing a period refurbishment on their own home.  Interests outside Joinery include writing and poetry, gardening and design.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony Adam stated “receiving this award is an incredible honour and to be recognised here in the City of London is the icing on the cake.  As a young man coming to work in London was a career highlight, it is a city that I loved working in.  The skills I learned have came from a long line of Master Craftsmen and I am honoured to have left my mark on some of London’s finest properties.  I am immensely proud that my son William followed a similar path workwise.  In a world where craft skills such as Joinery are becoming a rarity it is good to know that young hands now create such beauty with wood.”

Taking about the skill of Joinery Adam stated “Skills continue to be needed to underpin all economies globally.  The world is in need of  housebuilding and reconstruction of existing homes and buildings to house the population.  Every country seems challenged by this at the moment.  For Joiners working within the industry challenges are significantly increasing, and of course, climate change and sustainability are driving a radical rethink in the use of natural resources, with sustainable timber at the top of the list.

Joinery is a true craft, it takes a lifetime to learn, and I still learn new things, new ways.  To do something you love is the best job and if you create beautiful things to last beyond your time well that is a true legacy.  That is real sustainability”

2024 is a big year for William as well as receiving this prestigious Journeyman award he and his fiancée Claire get married in September.  Outside work William enjoys renovating his Victorian period home with Claire, playing golf, viewing formula 1 and travel.

Adam and William were joined by members of the family at Mansion house to receive the awards.  On Tuesday 12 March Adam added to his accolades by receiving the “Freedom of the City” at a ceremony held at Guildhall.

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