Rest assured. Every tool is guaranteed for life. At Carter and Son Toolworks, we not only set high standards of workmanship for each tool. We stand behind them.
Workmanship starts with our American M42 HSS and aluminum. Our designs represent 30 years of engineering and turning expertise. Every tool is machined with a round tang (rather than flat) for a smooth, tight fit in the handle and chatter reduction.
Carter and Son wood lathe turning tools are built in our Seattle factory in the US, where every tool is hand polished, sharpened, inspected and shipped.
We think you'll agree, there is nothing like quality.
Our tools are sharp. And when we say sharp, we mean razor. Your Carter and Son tool is machined from solid M42 HSS, an extremely durable, sharp grade of high speed steel. Not only is M42 HSS sharper than other grades of steel, it is stronger because of cobalt content. Cobalt allows us to heat-treat our tools to 68 HRC, providing you with tools that stay razor longer. As a result, your cuts will be smoother and cleaner.
A feature all our gouges sport is a flat, providing the set screws a solid place to rest. And preventing wear on the tools' tang. Going the extra mile is our specialty, which is why your Carter and Son turning tool slides 3" into the handle, rather than the conventional 2". This cuts down on chatter and provides enhanced strength. All of our wood lathe tools are shipped sharp, ready to use.
Every wood turner knows their handle connects them to their work. We've designed our handles for power, comfort and maneuverability. Each handle is turned from aircraft grade aluminum, offering you chatter reduction and maneuverability. Bored out for a perfectly even feel, you can fill the handles with lead for additional weight.
The shape of our handles fit your hand comfortably and knurling offers grip. Because of the even weight of the handle they are comfortable for every hand size. Each of our premium handles is equipped with two set screws to secure your tool. We make sure to keep our tolerances tight, your tool will fit within .002th of an inch into your handle. This not only reduces chatter but also keeps you safe.
Step 1: Order a bit and handle set or simply your desired length of 3/4” diameter handle.
Step 2: Add to your collection by purchasing tool bits and corresponding adapters.
Step 3: Start making wood chips with easily interchangeable tools!
Premium is now interchangeable. Machined from solid aluminum, our interchangeable sleeves are lightweight and long-lasting. With a groove on the top, the sleeves are easy to slip in and out of your handle for a quick tool change. Manufactured completely in our Seattle factory, each sleeve is hand-polished and represents Carter and Son Toolworks quality and innovation.
Three sizes of adapters, 5/8”, 1/2” and 3/8” fit either length of our 3/4” diameter handle. Start with our signature 16” x 3/4” or 12” x 3/4” handle then add woodturning tools and corresponding adapters. One handle - every tool.