Once again, after many weeks of hunting around for suitable premises he moved to the picturesque Cumbrian village of Askham, 6 miles south of Penrith. He spent the next 9 months converting a seventeenth century stone barn into the new business premises and re-opened for trade in September 2002.
In 2010 it became clear that there was insufficient footfall of visitors at the Askham location to sustain any further growth for the business and for the fourth time Paul relocated his business to its current location.
Paul has now been making and selling wooden toys for nearly 40 years and his experience and knowledge of the traditional toy market is vast. Through many years of researching traditional toys it has given him a broad knowledge of the market and the background history of toys.
This knowledge led to his appearance as one of the restorers on the Channel 4 show Mend It For Money in 2020. In the first episode, available on 4OD, Paul restored an FH Ayre rocking horse. Later on in the series, his skills were on display tackling a Triang Gyro Cycle, a Metamorphic High Chair and a Mobo Broncco metal sit-n-ride horse.
Paul runs a rocking horse and dolls house restoration service from his business workshop. He will also undertake one off commissions like building a toy farm or doll’s house modelled on your own premises.
If you have a restoration job or are perhaps considering having a bespoke commission piece making, you can contact Paul through the various options available to you on the contact page.