ABOUT WOOD MALLETS LTD

Excellence in craftsmanship

Hawkes Bay Chamber of Commerce 2010 Exporter of the year

The workshops are at our rural property "The Park" situated five kilometers east of Otane in Central Hawkes Bay which is on the east coast of the North Island, New Zealand. We were the overall winners of the Hawkes Bay Business of the year awards in 2001 and were awarded the Hawkes Bay Chamber of Commerce Exporter of the year award in 2010. Having spent several years as semi-professional polo player on the international circuit, I'm well aware of the demands of discerning polo players. I've spent more time and effort than anyone else on Earth developing the composite polo mallet.

We're also world leaders in the development of the croquet mallet. We source the best possible materials from around the world and craft them into high performance sports goods. We take as much pride in our craftsmanship and product quality as we do in our customer service and overall business excellence. Approximately 87% of our turnover is exported to over 50 different countries. Many of our customers go to the trouble of letting us know how happy they are with our products. Some of these comments may be read at user comments polo or croquet.

MEET THE CRAFTSMEN

FIDEL RUSS

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Fidel Russ emigrated from Argentina to New Zealand in 1990 and has been our foreman for 26 years. He’s a true craftsman who is proud of his workmanship. His motto is that, “If it’s not perfect, it’s not good enough”.

FEDE INON

CROQUET MALLET SPECIALIST

Fidel’s nephew Federico Iñón has worked for the business for the past 10 years. He’s a specialist at croquet mallet making and is our lathe operator.

BILL DYSART

SPRAY FINISHING EXPERT

Bill has joined our team relatively recently. He's extremely conscientious and does a beautiful job spray finishing the mallets.

MONTY WOOD

APPRENTICE MALLET MAKER

Monty has a passion and talent for woodwork and is learning the craft on a part time basis. He has a polo handicap of 0 goals and understands what makes a good polo mallet.

GEORGE WOOD

MANAGING DIRECTOR

George formed WOOD MALLETS in partnership with his father Peter in 1982 and has steadily grown the business to become one of the worlds leading Polo and Croquet mallet manufacturers.

PIP McCASLIN

ACCOUNTS MANAGER

Pip is the friendly person who handles most of the export documentation and accounts.

OUR FAMILY & "THE PARK"

The Wood family, starting from the left:
Monty, Harry, George, Emily, Debs and Olly

Our family home “The Park”, is one of Hawkes Bay’s historic homesteads, built in 1881. Many croquet battles are played out on the front lawn.