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Carter & Son

Meet the Family Behind the Tools

It all started a few years ago when Paul got a lathe. He'd observed a woodturning class and was immediately hooked. Weekends of turning led him to question the quality of the tools on the market. A search for the optimal metal, lots of designs and a patent later, and Carter and Son Toolworks was born.

It's been a few years since our first 'ah-ha' moment and our first prototype bowl gouge. Some things, however, never change.

  • We still turn everyday.
  • We're still working hard to ensure every tool is perfect. We hand-polish and hand-sharpen each tool.
  • We still love talking to woodturners. Give us a call, we'd love to chat.
  • Carter and Son Toolworks is still based on honesty and American quality. And that will never change.

Thank you for visiting our online store, it's our pleasure to serve you with what we believe are the very best tools.

Happy turning from our shop to yours,

The Carter Family

You've Discovered Quality Woodturning Tools

Quality You Can Feel

What is the measure of a great tool? We believe it’s a razor edge you can feel. A powerful handle that is equal parts comfort and control. The substantial feeling of a tool that will last a lifetime. Welcome to a company that values the workmanship that creates a great tool. We think you’ll agree, there’s nothing like quality.

Learn More- Workmanship

Every Carter and Son tool is guaranteed for life. We're confident offering a lifetime guarantee because each tool is hand crafted to high standards of workmanship.

Workmanship starts with our American M42 high speed steel 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 tools are built in our own Seattle factory in the United States of America. Every tool is hand sharpened and inspected before being shipped around the world.

There's nothing like premium. Happy turning!

Learn More- Sharp & Strong

Our tools are razor-sharp, and when we say razor, we mean razor. All the tools are machined from solid M42 High Speed Steel, an extremely durable, sharp grade of high speed steel. Not only is M42 HSS sharper than other grades of steel, it is also stronger because of its cobalt content. Cobalt content allows us to heat-treat our tools to 68 HRC, providing you with sharp, strong tools. Your turning will be smoother and cleaner, you'll even use less sandpaper!

Coupled with our steel, the design of our wood turning tools is unique. Thirty years of engineering and turning experience go into the designs of our tools. At Carter and Son we undertake extreme care to ensure to each and every tool design is safe, easy to use and strong.

A feature that all our gouges sport is a flat. This flat provides the set screws, which secure the tool into the handle, a solid place to rest and prevents wear on the tool's tang. Going the extra mile is our specialty, which is why your Carter and Son tool slides 3" into the handle, rather than the conventional 2". This cuts down on chatter and gives your tool extra strength. All of our tools are also shipped sharp, and ready to use.

Learn More- Powerful Handles

Every wood turner knows that their handle connects them to their work. We've designed our handles for power, safety and comfort. Each handles is turned from aircraft grade aluminum, offering you chatter reduction and maneuverability. Bored out for the perfect even feel, you can fill the handles with lead for additional weight.

The shape of our handles fit your hand comfortably and knurling on the front end of the handle offers grip. Because of the even weight of the handle, we've found that they are comfortable for every hand size. Each of our premium handles comes equipped with two set screws to secure your tool tightly into the handle. 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.

Learn More-Interchangeable

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 tools and corresponding adapters.

One handle - every tool.