There is something so very enticing about exploring hollow-forms and deep hollowing, and as anyone who has ever tried with their traditional tools will tell you, this is one of those tasks where the right tool for the job makes the job a whole lot more pleasant, not to mention a whole lot safer too.
In the course of the past decade or so, perhaps driven by the early examples of such masters as David Ellsworth, there has been a great surge of interest in the production of hollow forms and closed vessels of all kinds. Usually with thin walls and always seemingly striving to amaze us with the smallness of the opening through which the hollowing is carried out.
Tool manufacturers have responded the world over to meet the needs of turners looking to tackle these dark-art forms. With offerings from the steadfast British manufacturers including Robert Sorby, Hamlet, BCT and Crown, together with their exotic counterparts such as Rolly Munro, Wiedemann Tools, Hunter Tools and Kelton, there is no shortage of options to meet the needs and budgets of the most ambitious hollow-form explorer.