3 Generations of Experience, Knowledge, and Customer Service Excellence

Established In 1958

Our company was established in 1958 by my grandfather Chas. (Charles) Gentmantel Sr.. A woodcarver by profession, Chas. Gentmantel immigrated to Montreal, Canada from Germany in 1929. His woodworking background enabled him to find work on the construction of the prestigious Sun Life Building in Montreal's financial district, which was completed in 1931.

A Business that Evolved to Suit the Times

When my grandfather founded the Gentmantel store in 1958, he specialized in woodworking machinery from Germany. With the end of WWII in 1945, many German-trained woodworkers were immigrating to Canada and eager to put their woodworking skills to use. This created a growing demand for professional woodworking handtools. Adapting to this growing market, my grandfather expanded his business and started selling quality handtools from Germany. With his 2 sons Charles Gentmantel Jr. and Kurt Gentmantel Sr. working by his side, my grandfather continued to work at the store until the age of 92 years old; a remarkable career of over 70 years.

The Finest Woodworking Tools From Around the World

Today, as a third generation Gentmantel, I proudly carry on my forefathers' traditions of innovation and dedication. We continue to sell woodworking machinery from renowed manufacturers and have expanded our selection of imported woodworking tools to include hard-to-find, quality Brand names from Germany, Japan, England, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.

Our Customers Matter

Whether you are a hobbyist or a professional woodworker, a small business or a large company, my sales associates and I are committed to helping you find the right woodworking products for your needs as well as offering you a complete customer service. Have a question? Looking for a hard-to-find product? We will be more than happy to take the time and share our knowledge and experience with you because your complete satisfaction is important to us. We strive to satisfy each and every clients' needs and we thank all of our loyal customers for your ongoing support.

Local Support

Gentmantel proudly supports upcoming woodworkers and technical career training centres in Montreal such as École Nationale Du Meuble Et De L'Ébénisterie, Centre de Formation Professionnelle Émile-Legault, and the Rosemount Technology Centre.