In 1984, I was working for Libbey Glass in Toledo, Ohio, when I was offered a position in the New York sales and marketing office. Since I had always wanted to live in New York, I jumped at the opportunity.
Soon after, on a return trip from Toledo, I was reading an article about the “cook’s medal of honor” copper cookware being made by B. Waldow under the Brooklyn bridge for retailers across the country, I was intrigued.
Time passed, and I found myself in Brooklyn one day, so I decided to go and see Waldow at his factory. As I waited in the reception room, the door opened, and a silver-haired, blue-eyed gentleman appeared. I asked if he would tell me a little about his business and the manufacturing of copper cookware.
Walking into the showroom, I found the display of copper pans of all sizes overwhelming. The excitement in Waldow’s voice as he talked about copper cookware was contagious.
As I left the Waldow factory, I was haunted by an urgency to take part in this business. I had been looking for a low-tech, functional, food-related product with a high perceived value that I could manufacture.
I knew that I had found it at Waldow, and in 1986 I bought the company.
Over the years, we have evolved, transitioning our metal-forming skills. We initially produced cookware for retailers like Williams Sonoma and Colonial Williamsburg, then for foodservice customers like Sterno, World Tableware and Duraware, and then moved into the creation of ornamental metals for projects in New York City, including the High Line, Astor Place, and Gansevoort.
While visiting my mother recently, I noticed as she cooked dinner that the weight of her old cast-iron pan was causing her wrist to hurt. She inspired me as she appealed to me to please make her a lighter pan.
Since the itch for making fine functional cookware has never left me, we continue the Hammersmith story with the creation of lightweight carbon steel cookware.
Solid carbon sheet steel conducts and transfers heat efficiently, providing outstanding temperature control while weighing less than cast metals. Dressed up with a satin hand polish and oil rubbed bronze handles make the carbon steel pans beautiful for presentation on the table.
Here we go again!
Our cookware is the perfect gift for a variety of celebrations;
- House warmings