Kirk Hayles

"I had been looking, with limited success for a company to make bespoke, hardwood gates for my listed building driveway when a neighbour suggested Against the Grain as a friend of theirs had been very pleased with work done for them.
I contacted Conor and on the same day he came out to visit and measure up in order to provide a quote, which I received on the same day. Not only was he competitive but inspired total confidence because of his first rate communication (when he says he’ll do something within a certain time he sticks to it) and he clearly understood exactly what I wanted to achieve and guided me with expertise through my choice of design and materials. Don’t be put off by his age, as he is a young man with a business that deserves to do incredibly well because of the quality of his work and the nothing short of amazing customer service that he affords his customers. He kept me informed as to progress throughout the project and I could not believe how quickly he was back on site to do a final measure-up and then to install following manufacture of the gates. His choice of hardware (hinges etc) are also super quality and the finished gates, I could not be more pleased with. I’ve never written such a long review in my life but when you get exceptional service from someone who really cares about what they do and takes pride in their work, then it should be recognised and appreciated. Quite simply I will not need to look any further than Conor for any future joinery work I require. Thank you"

Michael Andrews

"I had been looking for quite a while to replace a door and frame. The door and frame Connor has made from scratch is amazing, superb chraftmanship. Really happy with the quality of work, Conor kept me fully informed during the manufacturing stage. durning the fitting both Conor and Andy did an excellent job, very considerate about making noise for my young children and wife in the house.

From the initial design through to completion Conor was very professional and I would defiantly recommend him and his company."

Darren Wheatcroft

"Connor has provided a quality product and the service and attention to detail was great to see. I will certainly use Connor again in the future and have been really pleased with the end result. I would not hesitate in recommending him."

Simon Jackson

"Conor excelled himself with the quality and service we received for the drive gates and side gate he manufactured. The workmanship of these gates is outstanding and the service was professional from start to finish. I found him on the Facebook market place he’s very trustworthy communicates with you all the way through the process and is very punctual. We would definitely recommend him to anyone."

David Mitchell

"I've been looking for a side gate for some time and came across Against The Grain Joinery. I can recommend these 100%, excellent workmanship and on time. Thinking of having my kitchen door done too."

Emily Boles

"The best service from start to finish and my gates are amazing! Thank you so much again Conor!!!"

Kerry Parkin

"Fantastic service throughout, kept us updated of progress and nothing was too much trouble. The gates are absolutely stunning, amazing quality and craftsmanship. We could not recommend this company highly enough!!"

Graham Gill

"Conor came and quoted very quickly and at a reasonable price. By the following week he had completed my gate which was outstanding. Cannot fault his workmanship"

Leah Rodgers

"Conor has made and fitted two gates for us. He has made an absolutely fantastic job. would highly recommend him!! They are so well made they will last a lifetime. Will defintly be using him again in the near future."

Phillip Turner

"New back gate is now installed, what a great job looks fantastic, excellent workmanship.
Highly recommend will definitely be using Against The Grain Joinery again."


"Cannot recommend Conor enough for the fab driveway gates he's made us. Having been messed around by a number of Joiners, Conor has been a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. Always turns up when he says to measure and discuss options working to our budget, kept me informed of timescales. I am so impressed with the standard of the final work. For a young lad he is so talented at his job. I will definitely use him again for any future projects. His step dad re built the brick pillars and him and his men were just as professional and courteous. thanks so much to you all!"

Mark McDaniel

"Connor did a great job designing, making and fitting a new side gate on our house.

48inch wide, bespoke made, 70mm thick hardwood with all hardware locks and fully treated.

Great from fag packet sketch through to finished installation from a local guy. 

Definately recommend."