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COVID-19 (Sep 2020) : Orders are still being sent to all parts of Australia (including Melbourne), but there may
be slight delivery delays due to restrictions that freight companies are currently dealing with.

About Hammersmith

Here at Hammersmith we offer a large variety of quality locally manufactured timber and imported metal components; including items such as, table legs for coffee tablesbalusters (both timber and metal) for staircases, verandah posts for the front of houses, timber handrail for use in aged care facilities, and carved timber corbels for shelf supports. These are just a small selection of the 100’s of different products that we have available for sale. Whether you are a large manufacturer or a small do-it-yourselfer, we have a pricing structure to suit; and with all of the products (that are found here on our website) being kept in stock, we can quickly dispatch orders to all parts of Australia.

A view of our site from the road. The office and store is on the left, and the factory is at the back and on the right. Inside our store, where we keep a large stock holding so that we can react quickly to orders. Having a fully working tool room gives us better control over quality and allows us to react quicker to new products. The machine may look old, but despite 10's of 1000's of hours of turning, it still continues to punch out great products. There is over a dozen pieces of woodworking machinery in this photo alone, and this would represent only a 1/4 of the total machinery and floor space that we have.
 
Apart from the metal products that we import, all of our timber products that we sell are manufactured at our factory in Adelaide from a range of plantation grown timbers; which when combined with our fully equipped tool room and large number of automated machines, allows us to produce both a consistent and quality product that can be proudly stamped “Made in Australia”.

This flexibility also allows us to easily manufacture custom jobs; whether that be existing products made in different timbers or new jobs that we need to prepare tooling for.

At Hammersmith our philosophy is simple "If it can be made, then we have the equipment and expertise to be able to do it".
 

Our History

Hammersmith Woodturners Pty. Ltd. opened for business back in 1946 when E.J.(Ted) Groth, a toolmaker by trade, started a small hand wood turning business in his back yard, manufacturing wooden souvenirs and turnings for the furniture trade.

In the early years the growth of the business was helped greatly by the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, and the use of wooden legs on the bottom of television sets made by Philips.
 
Ted Groth - Founded the company in 1946. Geoff Groth (Ted's son) - Joined in 1967. Semi-retired in 2012. Current role is that of Technical Support. Kevin Johns - Joined in 1963. His role is that of Factory Manager. Wyatt Groth (Geoff's son) - Joined in 1993. Current role is that of General Manager. Michelle Groth (Wyatt's wife) - Joined in 2010. Current role is that of Account and Payroll Manager.
 
The company purchased their first automated wood turning lathe in 1962, and have now expanded their collection to well over 20.

Drawing on his experience as a toolmaker, and having a fully equipped tool room, Ted was not only able to maintain and repair all specialised wood turning equipment, but also build machines to do special processes in cutting down on costly hand finishing. Ted continued to have an active hands on role in the business well into his 90's. He passed away in 2019, just a few months after turning 100.

In 1966 his son, Geoff, joined the business. After spending over 20 years in production and sales, Geoff went on to manage the company until his retirement in 2012. It was Geoff's early efforts "on the road" that helped the company expand into the many different areas that it is involved in today, including the building, staircase, and furniture industries throughout all parts of Australia.

Then in 1995, Geoff's son Wyatt became the third generation to work in this successful family business. Like his father, Wyatt has concentrated his efforts in customer relations, including the setting up of office and factory systems to ensure the customer's demands can be met both quickly and accurately. In 2012 Wyatt took over the role of general manager of the business after his father retired.

In 2010, Wyatt's wife Michelle joined the company. Initially taking on the role as receptionist as well as marketing, but more recently has moved into managing accounts and payroll.
 

In recent years the decline in popularity of wood turnings has resulted in even more changes to the types of products manufactured; and now with nearly 75 years of business behind them, they are a 100% freehold company that employs around 20 people; and whilst their past doesn’t guarantee a future it certainly goes a long way to doing so.