|Historic area of significance||UK|
|Area currently practised||UK|
|Origin in the UK|
|Minimum no. of craftspeople required|
|Current no. of trainees|
|Current no. of skilled craftspeople|
|Current total no. of craftspeople|
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
Market issues: Tool handles have not been made by hand in any volume since the 1920s/1930s – firstly due to mechanisation, then to the introduction of plastic handles, and then the remaining hand turned wooden handles were affected by foreign competition.
Foreign competition: Competition from cheap foreign imports
Training issues/recruitment issues: Lack of woodworking, metalworking and exposure to craft skills in schools
Craftspeople currently known
Richard Carter Ltd. – based in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Also manufacture spades and shovels, and edge and other tools. Twenty people working in the factory.
Woodware Repetitions Ltd. – based in Sheffield, Yorkshire.
Bulldog Tools – based in Wigan. While the tool heads are forged in India, the tool handles are made in the UK.
The British Wood Turners Association maintains a list of members, which outlines what area of wood turning each craftsperson/company specialises in.