The first WoodRat prototype
The Seeds Of An Idea
In 1982 Martin Godfrey switched from
a career in Architecture, to become a professional
woodcarver. He specialized in carving lifelike rocking
horses. To one horse he decided to add a secret drawer,
hidden in it's chest. The drawer required dovetails,
so (used to making his own specialist jigs), Martin
set about to solve the problem. The result was a primitive
WoodRat, made from wood, nylon and whatever came to
hand. It worked! Before long it became clear that
the 'Rat was capable of more than just Dovetails.
It seemed to have a knack for solving all kinds of
jointing problems without much difficulty. Tenons,
Sliding Dovetails, Mortises and Profiles to name a
few. It needed a name. The way is gnaws the ends of
boards evoked the name Woodrat.
Taking On The World
Six years later Martin took the decision
to start a company to manufacture and market his unique
machine. It has been a long process, launching a daring
new product from a start-up company, at a time when
British manufacturing was in sharp decline. The driving
force has been Martin's dogged determination coupled
with huge encouragement from customers over the years.
Small but perfectly formed, WoodRat
now operates from a new factory in the small village
of Godney, West England. We also have a new branch
in the USA.
Today WoodRats are sold all around the
an article featuring Martin Godfrey.