Kevin Wilkinson opened up Small Scale Engineering in 2012 while working for Bicycle Maintenance Company in Salt River, Cape Town. He realized that there was a need in the cycling community for someone to make small bicycle parts for older bicycles that no longer have parts readily available for purchase. It saddened him to see beautiful old bicycles, with huge amounts of character, being relegated to the rubbish dump for want of a tiny part.
Today, having left BMC, Kevin’s goal is to manufacture those small once-off fiddly parts that the bigger engineering companies do not want to waste their time on, and although he still makes bicycle parts, his range is now much larger and incorporates any small engineered parts.
Kevin grew up in the building industry, and during his formative years he helped his parents construct a large house on the Vaal Dam and his weekend projects often included helping his father with building, plastering, sanding, tiling, grouting, woodwork, welding, etc, and he thereby gained much experience and skills that now enables him to offer building maintenance, kitchen installations and miscellaneous woodwork.
For several years, Kevin and his father ran their own business in custom, cabinet making, specializing in solid wood, in the Gauteng region. Therefore, Kevin has extensive experience in woodwork (a true passion, his other being metalwork), and works in both solid wood and Melamine (the plastic coated wood used in kitchen cupboard installations).
Kevin’s meticulous attention to detail will ensure that any project he accepts is completed to an extremely high standard. Kevin does not accept anything but the best quality work from himself and those he employs and sub-contracts for your projects.
Kevin’s main focus is the manufacture of small-scale and once-off metal items but his repertoire includes the following:
- Engineering work
- Lathe work
- Milling work
- Welding, including mig, tig, and arc on various metals
- Prototype design
- Project Managing
- Kitchen installations
- General house maintenance
At the end of 2016, Kevin’s father, Louis, moved to Cape Town and brought his many years of plumbing and home renovations experience to the business. Kevin and Louis now run two teams with Kevin handling the metalwork and Louis, the home renovations.
For some more examples of their work, please check out Small Scale Engineering’s Facebook page.