|Historic area of significance
|Area currently practised
|Origin in the UK
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, Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Also manufacture spades and shovels, and edge and other tools. Twenty people working in the factory.
Woodware Repetitions Ltd, Sheffield, Yorkshire. Tim Hinchliffe has recently purchased the business from Colin Barnsley.
Bulldog Tools, 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.