From Batman to Buxton: Carpenter with Experience in Film and Theatre for Hire


2020 has been a strange year for everybody and some of us have been given no choice but to adapt to the uncertain times caused by the pandemic, perhaps even switching to a different career altogether. Jay Mason is a joiner with an impressive background in scenic construction (that’s stuff for films and theatre to you and me) but finding himself with a mortgage, a young family and less opportunities in his chosen industry, he’s had to think on his feet. Leaving the glamour of show business behind for now, Jay is lending his twenty-year expertise to more domestic projects. This is good news for Buxton: Jay is for hire.

Not only has Jay built sets for the BBC and Tim Burton’s film Sleepy Hollow but he has worked on projects for places like Alton Towers and Imperial War Museum North, amongst many others. His personal highlight was making the Batmobile for the Batman live stage show, something that every boy dreams of.

Translating his skills to your home is not as difficult as you might think. Starting with a BA (Hons) in Technical Arts and a Level 2 NVQ in Wood Occupations, Jay has been taught to think creatively.

“I have a love and passion of all aspects of hands on construction and my recent set work has been heavily carpentry-based which has allowed me to hone my skills and get involved in projects which have required thinking creatively. This process translates really well as more and more people are looking for imaginative storage solutions in the home. I can look at a space (under the stairs for example) and design a concept that turns it into a space that suits them”, reasons Jay.

“There is a current trend for organising and having a place for everything and I love to be able to help create that place for a client”.

Whether you covet a sumptuous build-in wardrobe, bookshelves for your library of books or under-stairs storage solutions Jay can can help you say a firm ‘goodbye’ to clutter and a triumphant ‘hello’ to regimented possessions.

No job is too big or small; from hanging doors, kitchen fitting and built in cupboards and wardrobes, he also takes commissions on unique pieces of free standing furniture too, such as coffee tables to fit a clients specifications.

Jay offers a bespoke service. It begins with a chat followed by a proposal with a clients’ requirements, offering you exactly what you want or perhaps something you hadn’t thought of. If you ask him nicely, you might even get a showbiz story. However, don’t delay. Jay has got a waiting list. If you want a top set designer to work on your home or business, now’s your chance!

For any enquiries you can contact Jay on Tel: 07739 752 372 or via email at [email protected] and you can follow his work on his Facebook page at

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