About Us

Canters Woodcraft was established as a father and son team in 1980, making billiards table legs and turned furniture components. Over the years the business has grown from occupying a small factory in the suburb of Croydon to where it is today, in the industrial hub of Bayswater.

Today, Canters Woodcraft is a major billiards table leg manufacturer and supplies to the Billiard and Pool Table industry throughout Australia. We specialize in turned or tapered, fluted or un-fluted legs ranging in diameter from 5" up to 10".

We also service the furniture manufacturing industry Australia-wide producing quality turned and tapered products including Bed Posts, Blanket Rails, Dining Table Legs, Coffee Table Legs, Hall Stand Legs, Dressing Table Legs, Pedestal Legs, Foot Buns and Mirror Posts. We also stock a wide range of Carved Corbels and Cabriole or Queen Anne Legs.

Whilst most of our bulk turnings are done in automatic and semi-automatic lathes, we do offer a hand turning service for individual (one-off) items and small runs. This flexibility is vital to the success of our business in order to cover all areas of woodturning, especially in servicing the special turning needs of Shopfitters, Industrial Designers, Architects, Furniture Restorers and the like. This flexibility extends to the type of timber we use - Radiata Pine, American Oak, Victorian Ash, Blackwood, Red Gum, Jarrah, Sepetir - just to name a few.

In 1994, proprietor, Bill Canters decided to diversify the business to incorporate building products - period style decorative products which are commonplace in our state of Victoria where there is an abundance of Federation-style cottages, Victorian villas and Californian bungalows. Classic Woodturning, (an already well-respected, established period products manufacturer), was acquired and a partner, John Maddock was brought in to manage this business. Together with a team of skilled craftsmen, John successfully built Classic Woodturning to be a major player in the specialized area of producing elegant timber decorative products and turnings for period-style homes in both internal and external applications. It serviced the wholesale needs of timber yards throughout Victoria and the individual needs of builders and home renovators.

In October 2007 John sold his share of the business to Canters Woodcraft and today, we have a fully integrated business under one management, resulting in greater efficiencies both in the office and on the factory floor. Rationalization in all areas of the two businesses has meant that space is now available to accommodate a greater level of stock, enabling us to meet the demands of our customers quickly. This is particularly important with our stock-standard items as featured in our product pages such as:

  • Verandah posts
  • Corner Brackets
  • Fence Post Capitals
  • Finials
  • Bullnose, Gothic, Convex & Concave Rafters
  • Decorative Barge Board Trims
  • Eaves Brackets
  • Newel Posts
  • Balusters
  • ...plus many more!

Apart from these off-the-shelf items, Classic Woodturning has the expertise in joinery work to produce custom-made Gable Features, Timber Gates, Arches, Fretwork, Friezes, Window Awnings and Balustrades.

For a small fee, we also offer an on-site advisory service within the Melbourne metropolitan area. This is a worthwhile exercise for owners/builders who are unsure of what can be achieved during the renovating process.

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