Garry is a presenter, engineer, product designer, special vehicle constructor, fabricator, university lecturer and artist.
Garry’s family were in the building trade and he began his working life at 16 re-roofing Pennine farmhouses. He then went on to study Design and Technology Education and worked across the board in hands-on engineering workshops. At various times he has had his own workshops and has skills in – steel fabrication; welding; iron forging; metals foundry casting; lathe/milling work; special vehicle bodywork construction – for Medical Research Council, BBC wildlife, mountain rescue teams etc.; mould making; pattern making; model-making; prop making; stone carving; letter carving; dry-stone walling; fibre-glass work; vehicle painting and finishing; sign making; woodwork/joinery.
He has lectured at several UK Universities and Colleges teaching students workshop skills, engineering drawing, history of architecture and technology and materials science.
Garry’s front of camera television work includes:
Presenter of BBC2’s 6 part science/design/social history series – ‘Every Home Should Have One’
BBC1’s – The One Show; Bearkatt Productions – ‘The Man Who Moved the Stones’ for Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet;
‘Make Your Own’; 1A Productions/Scottish Arts Council – ‘Garry Lavin’s Musical Mystery Tour’.