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Turning tools collection

Turning Tools
Henry Taylor,
Robert Sorby,
Hamlet, Kelton, Crown

The ToolPost is your source on the 'net for these top-name woodturning tool brands. 

Signature Tools have been created by certain manufacturers directly under the guidance of various renowned turners from around the world.  Many of those feature here such as:-

NB:  Turning tools by Hamlet & Crown are grouped onto their own pages: those by Henry Taylor and Robert Sorby are listed by type in the pages of this section of the site.
BCT Tools have their own section and the wide range of tools produced by Kel McNaughton under the Kelton brand is shown on its own page.  Carbide tipped tools from Hunter Tools are also shown separately.

The Kryo range of tools from Henry Taylor represents a significant step forward in the heat treatment of steels for woodturning tools, giving high performance with economy.  You will find these tools included on the relevant pages of the site, as follows:

When a tool manufacturer has been in continuous production for around 200 years,  you know that they know what they're doing.  In the business of toolmaking, experience counts.

In choosing to work with, and to supply tools by, Henry Taylor, Robert Sorby and other fine-quality manufacturers, we are both making a statement about our values and giving you the opportunity to purchase and to enjoy using these fine tools.

Our reasons for selling, and using, these fine tools is that we believe them to be the finest woodturning tools available anywhere in the world today.  Then you may ask, why two principal manufacturers?  They can't both be best can they?  Well, in a way, yes they can because they each have their own specialities.  Robert Sorby are particularly innovative in their designs and thorough in their development, resulting in their offering a great range of technical tools catering for almost every conceivable woodturner's needs.  On the other hand, Henry Taylor work very closely with a wide group of professional turners and bring the experience of those turners to bear in the design of tools reflecting the specialised techniques of those turners.  In addition, they produce a broad range of fine woodturning tools in the best British tradition.  Finally we also select some suppliers who produce high quality tools at a somewhat lower price, suitable for the budget-conscious user, though it must be said that the tools coming from Hamlet Craft Tools, in particular, and Crown Tools are showing them to be manufacturers of great creativity and originality and not afraid to put time and effort into new developments.   (Back to top of page)

All of the tools in this hand-picked selection are High Speed Steel to ensure a long edge life and reduced sharpening frequency.  They are fitted with robust, balanced handles* of good length, of lacquered beech in the case of Henry Taylor and Crown Tools and untreated ash on the Robert Sorby and Hamlet tools.  Solid brass ferrules complete the fitting of handle to blade in both cases.  Every tool produced by these expert manufacturers is individually hardness tested, hand ground and marked with the manufacturer's brand - Your guarantee of quality.  (*Excepting the tools sold specifically as "un-handled").  (Back to top of page)

Technical Notes:-  You will not find many 'sets' of tools in this catalogue.  The only turner who can get real value from a set of tools is the guy who turns to a recipe that's designed to fit the tools in the set.  And that would be a criminal waste of the joy and freedom that woodturning offers.  Buy your tools because you know why and how you'll use every single one.  If buying a set saves you a little money on a 'cost per tool' basis, you can almost guarantee that it will be a bad buy on a 'cost per useful tool' basis.  Buy what you need, as and when you need it.  And remember that cheap tools are likely to be the worst bargains you ever bought.  Not only may it cost you an eye or a hand if the tool fails, but your work can be no better than your performance with your worst tool.  Quality begets quality!

However if you need to know what tools to buy to get started, or at any other stage in your turning development, then we'll be happy to suggest a - let's call it a "selection" - of tools.  But "No sets, please, we're turners!".  We include a few, a very few, tool selections that we consider worthy of your perusal, plus one that we have developed ourselves that we believe - in all modesty(!) is the bees knees!

And do note: we use these tools and that's why we can, and will, give you whatever advice you need, completely freely.  Just e-mail, call in or telephone with your questions and we'll give you the best guidance we can, at no charge.  You'll find ample technical advice on each page to guide your selection.  In the case of the unhandled tools, please refer to the handled equivalent of the tool in question.  (Back to top of page)

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Coeur du Bois and The ToolPost are trading styles of Peter Hemsley.  Whilst reasonable efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, no liability can be accepted for errors in this information nor for contingencies arising therefrom.  If you are inexperienced in any aspect of woodworking, we would strongly counsel that you take a course of formal instruction before commencing to practice