Les Thorne’s Exceptional Signature Tools

Les Thorne is a name synonymous with woodturning excellence. He brings many years of experience and passion to the craft.

These years of experience as a production turner, demonstrator and teacher ultimately led to the creation of his Signature Tools which Hampshire Sheen is more than happy to add to their range!

Hand Profiled

Les’ vision for his tools was clear: Design a range of tools that would make his turning easier and with more precision.

Ashley Iles Edge Tools has been making the tools to Les’ design since their conception over a decade ago. Their skill and expertise in hand making tools ensures that each tool in the Signature range is milled to perfection before it is sent out.

Add to this, that Les hand sharpens each of the spindle gouges before they are packed in their new tubes.

The Range

Spindle Gouges

Les Thorne’s flute design is more than just unique; it’s a game-changer. The flute, the concave groove on the gouge’s blade, is meticulously profiled in a design that allows for unparalleled precision when shaping wood. This spindle gouge excels in providing control and finesse. It has been sharpened for use straight from the tube. Available in 3/8″ and 1/2″ versions, handled or unhandled.

Multi Purpose Tools

Every turner understands the significance of having the right tools at their disposal, and one such tool is Les Thorne’s multi-purpose tool. It’s not a one-trick pony; it’s a multi-faceted tool that every woodturner would love in their toolkit.  It can be used as beading tool, skew, sizing tool or negative rake scraper. Ready for use straight from the tube. Available in 3/8″ and 1/2″ versions, handled or unhandled.

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