Woodworkers Shop has its roots in the sawmill business. Louis Pescaglia, the grandfather of owner Rick Butler, literally got into the business by accident. He was in the trucking business and when another driver ran into his truck with no money to repair the damage he caused, he traded lumber for the truck. When Louis realized how lucrative the lumber business could be, it wasn’t long before he was in business with his own sawmill.
The sawmill was a truckload business in the 1930’s, run by his grandfather, and eventually his uncles, but after Rick joined the company in the 1980’s, he convinced his uncles to open the first retail store, Woodworkers Shop, and the rest is history.
While we no longer run a sawmill or kilns, Woodworkers Shop is still one of the largest providers of kiln dried lumber in Illinois. Please visit our lumber page (insert <lumber> link here) to see what we regularly have on hand in our store. We carry both domestic and exotic lumber as well as a wide selection of plywoods.
With the introduction of that first retail store, the business has grown and expanded into not only selling lumber to woodworkers, but also to providing them with the tools and other materials they need to take their projects from start to finish. We are the largest dealer of JET and Powermatic tools in downstate Illinois. We carry tools and accessories from Festool, Triton, Kreg, Freud, and a wide range of other manufacturers. We don’t just sell the products in our shop, we use them. When you come in to Woodworkers Shop, you’ll be working with staff who have years of woodworking experience behind them. We believe that “hands-on” is the way to go when shopping for new tools and with that being said, our tool showrooms are set up to let our customers do just that-put their hands on it, turn it on, and try it.
With the woodworking community constantly expanding with new tools and new methods, Woodworkers Shop has committed to providing classes and instruction geared for both new and experienced woodworkers. Not everyone has the space or the budget for woodworking tools. Many of our classes allow participants to build a project from start to finish in our shop. Please feel free to check out our Class Schedule . We’re always looking for new ideas for classes as well and we’d love to hear from you! Contact Us with your ideas for classes.
From the dream you have to build it to the tools, accessories, materials and information you need to complete it, Woodworkers Shop has it.
If you’re in the area, please stop by our Woodworkers Shop Pekin, Illinois.
13587 E. Manito Road
Pekin, IL 61554
M-F 8-5 Sat 8-2 May-September, Woodworkers Shop closes at noon on Saturday.