From a single replacement timber for a T-Type MG, to a complete ash frame, Andrew can supply it. Andrew Denton started making Ash frames and parts in 1988 when he became an apprentice at Holroyd & Hall Pattern Makers in Clayton, Bradford. All items are hand-crafted by Andrew in his Yorkshire based workshop. Call Andrew now on 01757 617455 or fill in the contact form below.
“I started making Ash frames and parts in 1988 when I became an apprentice at Holroyd & Hall Pattern Makers in Clayton, Bradford, under the tuition of Mr Philip Robinson. He had taught my father pattern making when he went there 33 years previous. However, I didn’t go to work for my father as he wanted me to be taught by Mr Robinson, who would ensure that I would learn the trade correctly. Philip didn’t retire until I had completed my apprenticeship.
Holroyd & Hall supplied ash parts to Moss, Naylor Bros and Hutson Motor Company. Sadly, when Naylor Brothers got into difficulties over the Naylor TF1700 it affected Holroyd & Hall. Hutsons bought Naylor Cars but soon realised that the brains of the operation were at Holroyd & Hall, so Philip Robinson was bought out and we became part of the Hutson Motor Co.
At 22 I left Hutsons for a change of career but I kept my hand in at pattern making by doing jobs at my father’s pattern shop. Philip Robinson went there for a short time, to bring the standard of pattern making back up to how it should be.
In 2001 my father retired and Airedale Pattern Co shut down. I would still see Philip Robinson regularly as he had started building a 1955 TF from scratch; new chassis, bulkhead, everything made brand new.
I spoke with Philip a in 2015 about starting with the T-Types again, but at 85 he said he was too old. However, he said that he would help me in whatever way he could. So, I set up a full working Pattern Shop”