Joel Mogilner

Joel’s journey to heading Production at The Wood Works started with Lego, his favourite toy. As a child, he had an innate spark for building and a curiosity for figuring out how things worked. He was also a No.1 fan of Science Channel’s ‘How It’s Made’!

After Lego came Mechano, and after Mechano came Architecture, which Joel studied at the University of Birmingham, graduating in 2011 with a 2:1 degree.

While Joel realised that the life of an architect wasn’t for him, he wanted to find an alternative that would utilise his background while satisfying his incredibly short attention span. (Honestly, he’s worse than a 5-year-old who’s been fed a tub of Haribo)

Donna and Richard, Joel’s lifelong family friends, offered him a temporary job at The Wood Works until he found his true vocation. Lo and behold, as soon as he set foot in the factory and saw the machines, materials, and the production set-up, he knew this was it.

Richard offered Joel a full-time job soon after, and since then he’s worked tirelessly to become a critical part of the operations at The Wood Works, running the entire production process.

Joel adores the constantly varied nature of his role and dealing with new challenges: from loading a van (which looks like a ‘how many clowns can fit in this Mini Cooper joke’) to producing a beautiful piece of furniture. He once confessed to Josh he loves his job so much, he’d do it for free if he had to. (Although he probably shouldn’t have shared this with the person in charge of the budgets!)

Joel is a fitness enthusiast and trains regularly with Josh and Richard. He also has a lifetime passion for cars. Oli the dog is Joel’s baby and he’s taken to this fatherly role like a duck to water.

“The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.”

Richard Cech

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