Listed Property Club Sussex Heritage Award 2009 Project Book Carpenters Fellowship

About Heartwood Construction

Heartwood Construction and Joinery has been set up, to address the need for dedicated and responsible craftsmanship in oak and other sustainable hardwoods. 

The business has been set up by Christopher Payne, an award winning craftsman with a broad knowledge and over 20 years experience in Carpentry, Joinery, Oak Framed Building, Conservation Building Project Management and Furniture Making. The basis of the company has always been to achieve the highest quality workmanship and to focus on the best possible outcome on every job, as the work we produce will go on to last for lifetimes.

Heartwood Construction provides a service as Principle Contractor on Newbuild and Listed Building Projects, aswell as a Specialist Contractor Service for specific woodwork projects.

Our well equipped workshop is based near Henfield where we craft Oak Framed Buildings, Contemporary and Traditional Joinery and Furniture.

heartwood diagram

The name "heartwood" is derived from the heart or centre part of the tree. It is the hardest and strongest part of the tree and is used to make joinery. Heartwood is formed as a result of a genetic process where the sapwood, which is the living part of the tree trunk or branch, has solidified creating a structure for the tree to thrive and grow tall and strong.

"A man who works with his hands is a labourer; 
a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman;
but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist"

If you would like any more information on our products or services please contact us.


Heartwood Construction shows a refreshing enthusiasm and a professional approach to the inevitable repairs that are required. The installation of a concealed steel (T / flitch plate) inside a prominent oak beam was completed with a minimum of fuss and no unsightly reminders. Chris Payne richly deserves his 2009 Sussex Heritage Trust Award for a competent and sympathetic approach to historic restoration.

P.Higgs, Mayfield

I would like to add my name to the many satisfied customers of Heartwood Construction and Joinery. In our case they constructed a complex solid oak stair case over three floors, with an extra landing. This complex construction was in an Oast House which does not know what a “straight line or right angle” is! So this was a very complex difficult construction. We were delighted with the outcome, which was finished to an extremely high standard, and fitted with minimal disruption. I certainly would recommend Heartwood where complex hand crafted skills are needed.

Peter Ward Booth, Buxted, East Sussex