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Kings Woodworking Company dates back to 1887 when Daniel Thomas (DT) King arrived in the Wairarapa on horse and buggy with his wife and family. Their journey from Tawa Flat, near Wellington, took them over the rugged Rimutaka Ranges. 

In Carterton, DT started a general joinery and contracting shop in a building that is still used by the company today. Much of the equipment used by Kings in those early days,
plus other memorabilia is displayed in the company museum alongside the company's  Carterton office.

Since 1976 the company has been owned and managed by Daniel's great grandson, Peter King. Under Peter's management the company became well-known in the region for the design
and manufacture of solid timber kitchens and joinery.

The big challenge for joiners at the time was to create solid timber bench tops that were resilient and waterproof in a kitchen environment. Here, Kings had a head-start thanks to Peter's previous experience in solid timber lamination.

After much experimenting, Peter developed the G4 finish. It is this finish that has made Kings G4 Timbertops so popular with architects and designers, and home and business owners throughout New Zealand.

Indeed, the finish proved to be so successful that in 1992 the company ceased making kitchens to focus on making G4 Timbertops for kitchen companies, joiners, builders, and home owners in NZ and overseas.

Since then, Kings have continued to explore new technologies and products. In 1998, Waiariki solid wood basins joined the company's product range and in 2005, Peter developed the Lasergrain technology that is now used to stunning effect by many architects and designers on doors, stair cases and feature panels.

Peter and his wife Annette are well-known in the hot air ballooning fraternity. They also take great pleasure in the restoration of a native bush block on their property near Carterton. This hands-on work with plants and trees ties in with the sustainability ethic that Peter has introduced to the family business.

In 2013, Peter and Annette's son Dan joined the family business, the fifth generation in an unbroken line. Dan is highly creative and practical, with several years experience in the making of film sets. 

Expect more innovation in wood from the Kings family in the years ahead. 









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