Sorby - Turning Tool Set, 8 piece
This set has the 8 basic tools you'll need for spindle and bowl turning. The 8 piece set includes 1/2" round nose, 1" square nose, 1/4" and 1/2" spindle gouge, 3/16" diamond parting tool, 3/8" bowl...
• High speed steel resists "blued" softening from overheating
• Sharpened edge lasts 6 times longer than carbon steel
• Includes 1/2" round nose, 1" square nose, 1/4" and 1/2" spindle gouge, 3/16" diamond parting tool,
• 3/8" bowl gouge, 3/4" roughing gouge, and 3/4" skew
• Ash handles
Articles & Blogs
San Diego woodturner Brian Saunders has worked for several years with programs that teach veterans the art of woodturning, so when Brian won a mini lathe donated by Woodcraft at the Penturner’s Rendezvous it seemed logical to give it to a veteran.
(October 2016) On the weekend of Nov. 11-12, 2016, hundreds of woodturners will gather at participating Woodcraft stores across the country to make special thank-you gifts for military personnel during the 13th Woodcraft Turn for Troops National Turn-a-Thon. Turn a pen to thank an American service member!
Sally Ault is a talented and versatile woodturner who can apparently turn anywhere she goes - including the beach! Read her interesting story here ...
Great Customer Support
Within the first week of owning this set, the roughing gouge snapped in two with a small catch on a segmented bowl I was turning. Going to Robert Sorby’s web site, I sent a quick email asking if this was covered under their warranty. The next day I received an email asking what happen, what I was turning along with a few pictures. With the next email, I sent them their requested information with a quick response informing me that some of what I was doing was not correct but would still send me a replacement free of charge. Being somewhat new a turning, I was tickled not just at their response but to the quality of their tools.
Great tools, terrible packaging
These are great tools. They hold a sharp edge for a long time and are super easy to sharpen with a One Way/Wolverine sharpening jig system including the Vari-grind. The grips are good, but should have an offset so that they don't roll when set down on a table. Unfortunately, the box into which Robert Sorby packs them is terrible. The tools are barely held in place with flimsy cardboard slots. My set of 8 arrived with only 2 tools still in their slots. The rest were jumbled up and the tow of the skew was chipped, so I had to re-grind it (which was less trouble than shipping it back.) For a set of tools this expensive and well-made, the manufacturer should show more respect for their product and the customer by packaging them securely. Had they done so, my rating would have been 5 stars.
Sorby 8 pc. Turning Tool Set
Being an absolute beginner at turning, I thought the best approach (after buying my toe-in-the-water mini lathe) would be to get a complete set from a reliable source made by someone of unimpeachable reputation. Done. They're beautifully made, solid and hefty, and I'm sure will last me the rest of my life and hopefully help me learn the art of turning at bit more quickly than if I'd cut costs and bought cheap.