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budstikke replica woodturning

Blue Ribbon Budstikke

What is a budstikke? And why does it have a blue ribbon.

Well, a budstikke is an ancient message stick used in Viking era Norway. It is a hollow tube with a spike. The message would be placed inside and then the budstikke would be thrust into a wooden post for the receiver to find. The post could be an entry door jamb of a house or a post in the village center. This is like a portable and reusable post box.

By the way, if your Google budstikke you will get results for Norwegian and Scandinavian newspapers. This gives a good idea of why budstikke means ‘message stick’. Huh!!

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Woodturning retreat – So much turning fun …

So I got to know Ron Campbell (owner of AZCarbide) and his wife Lana at SWAT last year. They are great people. I found out that Ron has organized Campbell’s Hands on Woodturning Retreat for a few years now. It is held on his property near Cedar Springs Michigan once a year. This year was the forth year and it was held on July 26-29th, 2018.

It takes a bunch of effort and people to pull something like this off – so hats of to Ron and Lana and all of the volunteers that helped create this event.

My wife and I drove 16.5 hours each way to attend, turn, make friends, eat, have fun, turn some more, have fun … well you get the idea.

Tod Raines demonstration at Campbell's retreat

There were about nine of us instructing about 15 different topics to about 70 people turning on 36 lathes. Boy was there a lot of chips flying …

Check out my Facebook page for some posts and links to the event. Also, check out ‘Campbell’s Hands on Woodturning Retreat‘ on Facebook.

I taught two rotations of a natural edge end grain bowl class using the product below.

  • hook turning tool

    Hook Tool by Michael Hosaluk

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  • T1 HSS Teardrop Cutter Blade, large size

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  • Hook Tool Bar by Tod Raines Tools

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  • Half Round Bar by Tod Raines Tools

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I will (or already have) posted a video on my Facebook page that shows some of the demo I did after the Thursday night reception at this woodturning retreat. Check it out.

Tod Raines Tool logo on tool bar

Introducing TOD RAINES TOOLS – new woodturning tool bars

Well it has been a journey of fun, learning and reward. I started the process of developing Tod Raines Tools woodturning tool bars in early February. I have been working on practicing my CAD skills using Autodesk Fusion 360. These woodturning tool bars are fairly straight forward to design. I shopped the drawings around to my primary fabricator and a couple of other machine shops. It turns out my fabricator had the best price and time frame. My fabricator is a growing company and has just begun the move to CNC milling. They will be expanding their CNC milling and lathe work over the next year. This is good news for me. I am investing in them as they invest in their future. I like being a small business owner and I like working with other small business owners.

I have a long time friend who has spent his career in the metal plating industry in various roles. I trust him and his judgement for my well being as a business owner and somebody that knows nothing about the plating industry. His guidance was valuable in adding Nickel plating to the tool bars. Introducing the two new TOD RAINES TOOLS tool bars – The Hook Tool Bar and the Half Round Tool Bar. Both bars are milled from 3/4″ diameter cold rolled 1045 steel. Both are 12″ overall length with a 2.5″ long 5/8″ diameter shank. – the Hook Tool Bar has a 5/16″ hole in the end with two #10-32 set screws. This was built to hold the Michael Hosaluk Hook Tool but can also be used for any other cutter that will fit. – the Half Round Tool Bar has a #10-32 threaded hole and washer head screw at the end of the bar for securing the T1 HSS Teardrop cutter bit that I also manufacture and sell. This bar can be used in either orientation – on the flat for a bit of torque resistance while hollowing; and on the round for any angle of shear scraping.  

Here is a short video highlighting the CNC milling of the two new TOD RAINES TOOLS tool bars

Jimmy Clewes Mega Mate tool

New addition – Jimmy Clewes Mega Mate Hollowing Tool

Great news from Jimmy Clewes Woodturning – the introduction of the MEGA MATE

So last week I was placing my order with Jimmy and asked in the email if he knew of any new tools about. He emailed back right away with this …

“Just as a heads up , I have a new tool called the Mega Mate.  8 mm cutter , 5/8 square bar, quadruple the strength of the standard mate and 12 inches long including the Tang 
The retail price will be $165 …” 

Jimmy then called to chat a bit more about this tool said I was the first retailer to carry this tool. It is very exciting news for both Jimmy and Woodturning Tool Store. For the time being the Mega Mate is exclusively sold either directly from Jimmy Clewes or from Woodturning Tool Store.


Woodturning Tool Store Earns 2017 Constant Contact All Star Award

Recognized Among Top 10 Percent of Customers Driving Powerful Email Marketing Results

Allen, TX — March 15, 2018.  Woodturning Tool Store (see, a provider of quality tools and equipment to the woodturning community, has been named a 2017 All Star Award winner by Constant Contact, an Endurance International Group company and a leader in email marketing solutions. The annual award recognizes the most successful 10 percent of Constant Contact’s customer base, based on their significant achievements using email marketing to engage their customer base and drive results for their organization during the prior year.

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New Tool Announcement!! Now available – the Hook Tool by Michael Hosaluk

Woodturning Tool Store is proud to announce the introduction of the Hook Tool by Michael Hosaluk. The hook tool has been used in woodturning for many decades but not as prevalent today especially in North America. Michael Holasuk, a world renowned turner and artist, has been promoting and selling this hook tool directly but now this fantastic tool is available from Woodturning Tool Store.

“Michael Hosaluk is recognized internationally and in Canada as one of the world’s most creative wood “turners”. Born in 1954, in Invernay, Saskatchewan, Hosaluk is self-taught.

Michael HosalukHosaluk’s work covers a wide range of objects and materials including functional vessels, furniture and sculptural pieces. His work is humorous and elegant, possesses character and gesture and is full of reference to architecture, nature and culture. Hosaluk’s work has been exhibited throughout Canada, in Europe, China, Japan, Australia and the United States.”

wood turned teapot

“My love of woodworking is not only for the beauty and mystery of the material, but in the inventing of new techniques and processes to create objects. The materials I use relate to the objects I make. At times a piece of salvaged wood will become a starting point of design. Other times, a design will call for a piece of wood with incredible grain. Using plain wood like birch allows me to approach the objects as a three dimensional canvas. Here, I can apply a variety of surface design techniques to express an idea. My work tells stories from my life, places I’ve been. people I’ve met, architecture, our environment. These stories are interwoven into the objects I create. Craft goes beyond the pleasure of our senses and deals not only with aesthetics, but social and ideological lives.”

“Also new to Woodturning Tool Store is a small half round diamond hone to sharpen the hook tool.”

Jimmy Clewes Tools in stock and ready to ship!

We are very happy to announce that Woodturning Tool Store is now carrying an extensive line of Jimmy Clewes tools. An exceptional turner and even better teacher and demonstrator, Jimmy Clewes knows how turning tools work and has designed some extremely versatile, user friendly tools. The Mate series of tools use a flat bar and captured carbide cup cutter set at a precise angle and protrusion to allow for great control and safe use

  • Mini Mate #1
  • Mate #1
  • Mate #1 Undercutter
  • Mate #2
  • Mate #2 Undercutter

Both Mate #1 and Mate #2 will cut wet wood, dry wood, long grain or end grain with ease. The cutter is positioned so that the cut is limited to the depth that the cutter is protruding from the main tool shank. This greatly reduces the chance of those huge catches that can be experienced with “self-feeding” scrapers. The learning curve of my tools is really quite small.

To round out the line of Jimmy Clewes tools we also carry

  • Both 1/2″ and 3/8″ tool shank adapters (bushings)
  • Both the 1/2″ and 5/8″ cam-action Quick Release handle inserts
  • The Woodturners Sharpening Kit

Watch this video to get a bit of an overview of the Mate tools and the adapters and Quick Release handle inserts.


Now carrying Carter and Son Toolworks woodturning tools!!

We are pleased to announce that we now carry and stock Carter and Son Toolworks woodturning tools.

Our tagline is “Woodturning Tool Store is dedicated to providing quality tools and equipment to the wood turning community.” and the Caster and Son brand is all about quality so their products were a natural fit with our brand and our belief. Carter and Son has integrated 40 years of manufacturing experience and a passion for woodturning to serve you with the best tools. Every tool is made in their Seattle factory from American materials. They uphold the highest standards of workmanship – every Carter and Son tool you own is guaranteed for life.

At Woodturning Tool Store we carry the complete line of the tools including bowl gouges, spindle gouges, skews, scrapers, parting tools, bedan, handles and handle adapters.

Our goal is to provide you a selection of unique quality products and also ensure that the service and support we provide makes your experience with us pleasant and hassle free. We are glad to be a part of your woodturning journey.

Watch this video to see an overview of the product line we carry.



WTS Drawbar

Drawbar sizing instructions

Each model of lathe will have a different spindle length and therefore the drawbar’s length will have to be customized. Do not leave any more than 1 inch of bare threaded rod exposed beyond the locking wing knobs on the handle side (left side of headstock) of the spindle.

The drawbar kit comes with an 18” long threaded rod, ~15” long tubing, two wing knobs and a wooden centering cone. The threaded rod and the tubing will need to be cut to length to match your spindle length. Follow these steps.

  1. Remove the tubing from the assembly.
  2. Install the bare threaded rod through the headstock of your lathe and install an Elio-DR in the lathe spindle morse taper. Mate the threaded rod and the Elio-DR within the headstock ensuring to get about 5 turns.
  3. Move the center cone up against the spindle handle and turn the wing knobs to lock the Elio-DR in place.
  4. On the exposed threaded rod on the left side of the spindle, mark the threaded rod using a marker or tape anywhere from ¼” – 1” to the left of the wing knobs.
  5. Remove the drawbar and cut the threaded rod using a hacksaw or motorized cutoff wheel.
  6. Use a file or grinder to smooth the cut end of the threaded rod.
  7. With the wing knobs and center cone in place when the measuring was done (Step 3), replace the plastic tubing and mark it and cut it (utility knife, scissors or snips) in a place that leaves about 1” exposed where it engages the Elio-DR.

Photos below show an example drawbar








Watch this video for an overview of the process.

Download the sizing instructions here.

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Set of three Elio-DR Drive centers

Elio-DR replaces original Elio and at a price reduction!

I have made the decision to sell only the Elio-DR – so that means all Elio drives being sold and shipped with be the Elio-DR which has the threaded insert installed.

These will be sold at the same price as the original Elio safe drive.

  • Elio-DR Safe Drive – 2″ sells for $40.00
  • Elio-DR Safe Drive – 2.5″ sells for $45.00
  • Elio-DR Safe Drive – 3.5″ sells for $50.00
  • set of three Elio-DR Safe Drive sells for $130.00
  • Drawbar kit (std 18″ length) sells for $20.00

Save 20% in the drawbar kit when purchased with any Elio-DR Safe drive.


A closeup view of the threaded insert on the Elio-DR

Introducing the Elio-DR

New Product – Introducing the Elio-DR, a drawbar ready version of the original!

The use of the drawbar with the Elio-DR Safe Drive allows for safer operation as a faceplate without tailstock support.

All three standard Elio Safe Drives have been upgraded for the use of a drawbar. Standard 1/4”-20 threads have been added with a threaded insert machined out of solid steel for strength and durability.

Shop for Elio-DR, Drawbar Ready Safe Drives.

Here is a YouTube video explanation of the Elio-DR and the Drawbar Kit

Thanks for the patronage and encouragement

Just a quick note to say ‘thank you’ to all of my customers who have purchased products. The first half dozen customers where very gracious with their help while I diagnosed and fixed some issues with auto-generated emails. Thanks again for your help.

Also a big ‘thank you’ to all those that have sent emails or comments showing their support and appreciation. I have received numerous comments thanking me for keeping the newsletters going. I hope that the newsletters I create and send out will be entertaining and fun to read. I hope they are also somewhat useful or can help inspire others in their woodturning journey.

I also received many ‘thanks’ for keeping the Elio drive product available along with the promise of new products (read other post for product announcement).

Here is an excerpt from one comment I received from Chester, “Once again, best wishes to you and your wife in your new business venture and thank you again for continuing on the tradition and expanded on what Gord and Brian started. Can’t wait for your first newsletter to arrive.

It is great to hear and I am very appreciative for the support. It reassures me that I am on the right path.