Next to The Alpaca Centre in Stainton, Penrith, Cumbria, father and son, Garry and Shaun Stevenson established a woodturning workshop to make a range of products for sale in The Alpaca Centre.
Dissatisfied with some of the timber available, they began to convert timber from the log and started milling and drying hardwoods for the small woodturning business. Due to the high setup costs and the volume of timber produced, it was soon apparent they could also sell timber to other craftsmen. Hence G & S Specialist Timber was born.
Garry and Shaun’s passion means that all profits are invested back into new machinery and infrastructure. A loyal and growing customer base has given the business steady growth year on year.
In 2003 G & S decided to develop a tools and machinery store dedicated to the woodworker with a range of the highest quality products - a place to which woodworkers would be prepared to travel for good service and expert advice.
G & S also began to supply joinery manufacturers and then, to meet the volume of timber sold in 2008, a purpose built, fully insulated warehouse was constructed. This accommodates the ever-expanding stocks of European and North American hardwoods and machining facilities.
Now the tool store is undergoing a major expansion and refurbishment, which will result in a new showroom area and new shop to showcase their growing manufactured products.