As practising woodturners we have been wearing - and whittling about - woodturner's smocks almost since they were first introduced, way back in the
mists of time. We have also been aware - sometimes, painfully aware - of the shortcomings of the designs available on the market. Being inclined to act rather
than whinge endlessly, we decided to try to improve the lot of smock-wearers and ended up by designing our own ProDesign smock - designed for and by woodturners.
We've packed into this garment all of our experience and we believe that we've pretty much produced the ultimate smock design. We've also had them made in sizes all the way from 32 inch
chest - suitable for smaller ladies, and children, right through to 58 inch for the 'dominant character'. Because we know that you'll probably want to wear a sweater or fleece under a smock and you don't want a
slick fit like a suit, all sizes embody around 6 inch extra girth (i.e. they actually measure around 6 inches more than the nominal chest size).
heavyweight, natural, unbleached, close-weave, pre-shrunk cotton drill which will wear and wash, wear and wash, year in, year out. Keeps out the
dust, yet lets moisture evaporate for natural comfort. Eliminates the sweaty, clingy, clammy feel of nylon or other artificial fibres!
A full length double-ended, moulded
zip from hem to neck making for easy putting on and taking off. Unlike a metal zip, our reliable plastic zip will not scratch your precious workpieces if you hug them to your chest as you polish and
finish them (or if you just happen to fall in love with them). The full length double-ended zip design also means no more struggling with pulling overalls over your head and provides a way of
relieving any tension in the nether regions when nature or duty calls! NB: It seems that in some countries, zips are gender-specific. Not in Europe! All our zips have the tag on the left "rack".
Velcro closures and elastication on the cuffs to allow them to be cinched closed to keep shavings out, or released
for ventilation and freedom of movement. At the same time, the elastication means that the sleeves will not pull when
the arms are out at full stretch to make that awkward cut. We also cut our sleeves a couple of inches longer than 'the
norm' to ensure comfort, knowing that the comfortable elasticated cuff will keep any excess fabric well out of harm's way. Forget irritating knitted cuffs, picking up chips and shavings!
Two large patch pockets on the rear mean you can keep all your dusters and polishing cloths to hand, yet be free
of the tyranny of pockets full of shavings. No chance to get these pockets caught up in machinery, knobs, levers etc.
either. Safety is the workshop watchword. You'll also never lose your pen/pencil again (?) with the double pencil pocket conveniently provided on the left upper sleeve.
We have also revised the collar arrangement so that it is more comfortable whilst still doing its duty to keep shavings out of the neck. The ProDesign smock has a collar featuring graduated height from rear to front
, allowing the front section to lay more flat against the chest rather than garrotting the wearer, whilst still providing full draught protection
around the rear of the neck. The collar is secured closed with adjustable Velcro and a Velcro patch is provided to hold
the collar in the open position, when required. Because we know that stand-up collars can be 'wearing' when worn for a long period, the ProDesign collar is lined with a smooth fabric
which is soft against the skin and the collar is padded for comfort.
We're interest in the detail too so we've equipped the smock with real leather elbow patches - that are also
washable along with the garment. We've even included a stout hanging loop - not inside the collar where it can
irritate the neck, but on the outside rear so that when the smock is hanging on the peg, it can be wrapped closed to keep all of the airborne 'ambient' dust out of it. That's attention to detail.
Although the fabric is pre-shrunk, we would recommend a cool wash cycle as this is real cotton and may well shrink further if washed at a high temperature.
Since these products bear our own name (on a
neat embroidered leather patch at the rear of the collar) we have spent a lot of time and taken the views of many, many woodturners before settling on a design. We believe that it is
the best we can conceive today, at an affordable price, but don't be surprised if we manage to refine it further in the future. We'll be working hard to ensure that this remains, as we believe that it is today, the
best woodturning smock on the market.
The illustration, below, highlights some of these unique features: