Beaver Furniture at Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe was established by Colin Almack in 1960, ten years ahead of the publication of Alf Wight’s first James Herriot book, and is widely known throughout Herriot Country for its range of quality fitted and free-standing hardwood furniture that has a stylish and elegant look. Colin’s carved “beaver” trademark can be found on every piece of furniture. He was an exceptionally talented craftsman and took great pleasure in passing on his skills and knowledge to numerous apprentices over the years. One such apprentice, David Glegg, Colin’s son-in law has been carrying on this tradition for the last twenty years. Colin and David were both presented to HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip, in 1989, for their outstanding work on the New Chapter House at Southwark Cathedral.
A past winner of the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire “White Rose Awards”, Beaver Furniture work mainly in English Oak and obtains supplies from sustainable sources including sustainable managed woodlands on local Estates or from accredited timber merchants. The range includes sideboards, tables, chairs, dressers, kitchen and dining tables plus grandfather clocks, corner cabinets, bookcases, and small gifts plus custom-made free-standing and fitted furniture.
Visitors are always welcome to come and watch the craftsmen at work and see the furniture on display in the showroom at Beaver Lodge. Beaver Furniture is an excellent example of the many local crafts to be found in Herriot Country and is perfect for a combined visit to the World of James Herriot just a seven-minute drive away in Thirsk.