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VB36 and Steinert lathes now available from The ToolPost

Seasoned customers of The ToolPost ( know that we are constantly trying to source the finest woodturning equipment, tools, materials and accessories for our predominantly British customer base. We recognise the importance of offering only the best products that the industry has to offer to enable woodturners to achieve the highest standards of craftsmanship. That's what makes us especially proud to announce our recent appointment as the UK and Eire distributors for the VB36 and Steinert lathes. This news comes hot on the heels of our confirmation in a similar role for the Rolly Munro line of high performance hollowing tools.

The VB36 Master Bowlturner Lathe may now be made by the German company Drechselzentrum Erzegebirge steinert®, but it's origins are distinctly British, having been created in the early 1990s by Nigel Voisey and Roger Buse. These were two men who were prepared to challenge all of the conventions about woodturning lathe design, as was evidenced by the triumphant final result. This wood turning lathe, the VB36, is now an international success, holding pride of place in the workshops of woodturning professionals and dedicated enthusiasts worldwide. Prior to its move to Germany earlier this summer, the VB36 lathe was manufactured by Technology Supplies in the UK who had acquired the rights when they purchased Hegner UK from the VB's original designers. Steinert have been building high quality lathes for many years and bring a measure of expertise and enthusiasm to this great product that it has not enjoyed for many a year. We couldn't be more delighted to be the ones bringing it back 'home' again.

But there are so many more lathes that Steinert offers that have helped it to build a strong worldwide reputation in its own right, and we are please to be able to offer them all here at The ToolPost. From the piccolo, through the alpha-otimo, beta and gamma ranges these impressively robust machines feature heavy cast iron headstocks and beds, supported on solid cast iron stands. The stands are designed in such a way as to guarantee a secure foundation and vibration-free operation. The all-cast iron maximo, meanwhile, is the new premium class lathe for production use, offering the ultimate in woodturning stability, precision and security.

Far away from all this, Kiwi woodturner/sculptor, Rolly Munro, developed the range of hollowing tools which bear his name to assist him in the creation of his supremely elegant hollow forms. Munro describes his hollowing tool as "the culmination of over thirty years of experimentation with designs for hollowing tools". These many years of hard work clearly show in a design combining a stainless steel depth gauge with a robust and inexpensive 12mm circular cutting tip. Coupled with the tool's shaft is an aluminium handle boasting a pleasantly tactile E.V.A. grip, while the articulated cutting head of the tools makes them a great option for hollowing under shoulders and around corners of hollow forms.   The full range of Rolly Munro deep hollowing tools is available from stock at The ToolPost and the great news is that since their appointment as UK and Eire distributors, The ToolPost have reduced the prices of Rolly Munro tools – across the board!  A great way to start, especially in these tough days of austerity.

These are very practical, hardwearing and affordable tools and lathes that we are pleased to be able to make available to wood turning professionals and amateurs alike. Simply get in touch with The ToolPost ( today for more information about our range of VB36 and Steinert lathes and Rolly Munro tools.

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