The Principal, Jeff Taylor, was a long time employee of L.& M. Winter of Harbord, a firm that had been making concrete products since 1873.
Since moving to Mt Ku-Ring-Gai, first as Winterstone and now Clonestone, the company continued to supply high quality hand made concrete products such as columns, pier caps, pots, piers & paving to the Building Trade, Landscapers & Architects.
We have since moved to a new facility in Somersby on the Central Coast.
About the Business
Established in 1873 by a German woodcarver, Winters has operated continuously since its inception, at one stage employing up to 40 people. It managed to keep trading during the Great Depression and, despite a virtual halt in building operations during the war years, continued to operate, relying on the manufacture of garden products and small plaster ornaments.
Many of the early designs of statues and garden ornaments came to Australia by sailing boat after the founder had scoured Europe in search of quality originals from which to cast the molds. Many of these unique molds are still in use today.
Operating from Harris Street, Ultimo for the first half of this century, the business then moved to North Sydney. It moved to the location of Harbord in the early sixties where adjoining properties were acquired in 1992, effectively tripling the size of the complex.
Jeff Taylor has recently taken over the business of L & M Winter following the retirement of his uncle Ron St Clair. Jeff has been employed by Winters for nearly 14 years, and is very excited at the prospect of continuing the success of the business.
The business has recently changed its name to “Winterstone” and a new logo has been designed. Jeff wanted to modernize the company’s look but keep the Winters name, due to the history. Winterstone will continue to trade at its new location at Mount Kuring-gai with Ian Jonsson as new factory manager utilising his 10 years experience with Winters. Together they look forward to being able to continue to provide the high quality of workmanship and service our customers have come to expect.
The company is confident that, by using a mixture of old methods and new technology, it can offer high quality services to architects, builders and landscapers.
About Jeff Taylor
Jeff purchased the business in May 2006 after his Uncle (Ron St Clair) retired, and has 14 years hands-on experience on site at the factory working directly with Ron and with Phil Warwick who has been factory manager for 25 years. While Jeff has changed the name to Winterstone, the business of manufacturing quality re-formed stone products will continue to operate as it has since 1873.
Jeff is passionate about being able to provide quality workmanship to your exact standards. Detailed products have been supplied to builders, architects, landscapers and homeowners alike. Jeff is hands-on to ensure the quality of workmanship put into each order. Jeff looks forward to developing solid business relationships with current and potential clients.
With a catalogue of over 3000 products, it is likely Winterstone have just what you are looking for. If not, Jeff would be delighted to discuss your individual requirements. Jeff is confident that by using old methods which have been employed since the inception of L&M Winter in 1873 with new technology and changes in the building industry, Winterstone can provide professional service and the highest quality products.
Jeff is available at the factory Monday to Friday, and most Saturday’s out of cricket season. Call in at anytime to view the products on offer or phone for a brochure.