Doug Thompson chisels - International Association of Penturners
     International Association of Penturners
Pens for Service Members
Support The IAP

Go Back   International Association of Penturners > Community Forums > Casual Conversation
  Forgot Password
Register FAQ Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Casual Conversation Off-topic, general chat.

Logged on members can hide ads!

Welcome to!

You've found the home of The International Association of Penturners. You are currently viewing our site as a guest, which gives you limited access to view discussions, photos, and library articles.

Consider joining our community today. You'll have full access to all of our content, be able to enter our contests, find local chapters near you, and post your questions and share your experience with our members all over the world.

Membership is completely free!!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-16-2017, 10:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Heyworth IL
Posts: 44
Photos: 2

Default Doug Thompson chisels

Does anyone have any of the Doug Thompson lathe chisels?
Witch ones do you have and what is your opinion on them for
pen turning
does the weighted handle have any benefits on control of the
BillyBoy63 is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 07-16-2017, 11:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
BRobbins629's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Richmond, VA, USA.
Posts: 3,793
Photos: 49


I have a bowl gouge and spindle gouge from him along with the handles. Both are top notch and I would highly recommend. The handles are nice as well but the tools would work just as well with home made ones. Very nice guy as well and often does a lot of charitable work. You won't be disappointed.

BRobbins629 is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 07-16-2017, 11:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
Charlie_W's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Sterling, VA USA
Posts: 4,567
Photos: 3


Two thumbs up on Doug's tools!!
I do have a number of his chisels. Spindle gouges, bowl gouges, bowl bottom gouges, 1/8" parting tool, skew, and a handful of scrapers. I do have a variety of other brand tools that I use regularly that work very well.
As for his handles, for me, they are wonderful! They fit my hand very comfortably. I like the weight as well. Most are 16" with a couple of 20" handles.

A friend tried a couple of my Thompson bowl gouges and thought the handles were too heavy for her. Handles are a personal fit item....just like buying a hammer or a cordless drill....or a pistol....they need to fit your hand for you to be comfortable using the tool....same with lathe chisels.

Find a friend, turning club near by and ask to try them out. If there is a wood turning show near you, Doug may be there as a vendor. He will engrave the handles for you as well as grind any chisel however you like.
Bottom line, great guy and superior products. Many of the professional turners use his tools and have him customize a grind to their liking.

Tools for penturning....spindle roughing Gouge, parting tool and a skew will do most anything you need to do.
Remember, it is the user of the tool who will make it do what they want it to do. Study, learn and practice the cuts you will use....become proficient with your tools.

Good luck!
Charlie W.
Charlie_W is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 07-16-2017, 11:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
KenV's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Juneau, Alaska.
Photos: 0


Doug sells a small spindle roughing gouge (Mark St Ledger credited) that I find ideal for roughing down all but the more brittle of blanks.

His skews hold edge well.

Gouges are largely a matter of matter style, but his 1/4 inch (US measurement) with a pointy fingernail grind is my go to for details like ornament finials.
Ken Vaughan
Old Apprentice Machinist - learning a new knee in Tucson
KenV is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 07-16-2017, 12:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
TonyL's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 5,138
Photos: 6


I have 3 of Doug's and 3 of Dave's (of Dway). I believe them to be both quality tools.
Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? Abraham Lincoln


TonyL is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 07-17-2017, 12:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Amesbury MA
Posts: 230
Photos: 0


I have 2 bowl gouges and the handles, I love them for bowls, the weight does help. I use carbide cutter for most of my pen turning.
Craig Lorenzo
Amesbury MA
Crayman is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Related Content
Logged on members can hide ads


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:56 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0

Content Copyright © 2003-2018 by, LLC; All Rights Reserved
Terms Of Service   Acceptable Use Policy