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Eric Williamson has been the main design force behind Timberkits over the years. His combination of engineering skills and extremely fine craftsmanship is quite unique. He has constantly delighted his audience with a never ending fund of ideas and ingenuity.
His fascination has always been with the challenge of giving mechanical models natural movement and life. It is particularly entertaining watching him in the workshop performing the actions and finding their mechanical equivalent in a happy little mad world of his own. The design process is truly a back of an envelope journey littered with mugs of tea, sawdust, muttering and the odd euphoric shout of victory.
A full account of Eric and his work can be found in Our Heritage.
Sarah Reast is the new Director of Timberkits following the retirement of the founders, Eric and Alison Williamson. Sarah’s background is in design and she brings a fresh eye and a playful creativity to the company. She manages the team and the development of projects, bringing together practical specialists and skills for each new challenge.
Phil keeps a close eye on business operations and ensures everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Born and bred in Wales he brings another element to our Welsh dragon theme.
After Timberkits appearance on the popular TV programme, Dragons Den, we are really happy to welcome Touker Suleyman to the team as an investor and mentor. Our very own Dragon!
Luise Willis has been with the company since 2000 and knows the models and production processes inside out. She has developed a fantastic working relationship with our manufacturers in China over the years and has a longstanding knowledge of all our customers, old and new. Luise builds all the assembled models, understands the construction challenges and can help customers with their technical enquiries.
Milly Cain retired at the end of March after years of dedicated service keeping our office tidy and running smoothly. Her telephone manner was second to none and her patience with recalcitrant technology was truly remarkable. She was last seen hot-tubbing in Iceland under the Northern Lights.
Ideas for models come from all sorts of random sources and go through many different experimenting, prototyping and refining stages before being prepared for production.
We love wood in all its forms, the smell of the sawdust, its warmth and colour and the variety in its character.