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Thompson lathe tools started a couple years ago when I decided to make my own turning tools, as a machine repairman by trade and a good machinist it was fun thing to do. What started as a simple project turned into something very involved, many one of a kind flute shapes were tested , the surprise discovery was the flute didn’t have to be real deep like the other tools on the market to work well. This went on until I found one that was a balance between the flute shape and depth of the flute that handled well and didn’t clog, with more steel under the flute it was a stronger tool. As I passed these tools out to my friends they started to ask for different shape flutes and diameters until the line of V and U shape bowl gouges was created.
I sent one tool to Mark Kauder to evaluate because he has compared the different steels in the past, It did well and his club placed a order… this changed everything and was the deciding factor to take it from a hobby to a business. Then it hit the internet! With only a few tools to sell and nothing else, one person after another took a chance on a unknown toolmaker and I thank each and everyone who did. Woodturners all across the nation helped created the company from the name to the products and made it what it is today… a corporation.
We haven’t changed much in the past year with only one employee (me) I handcraft each and every tool one at a time. It’s a long process to go through, each piece of steel is handled 13 times on it’s journey from a length of rough stock to a turning tool that’s ready to use on your lathe.