Project Description

Wood Turnings

If you need wood in a round shape, we can do it!

Wood turning has always been a foundation of our business.   Until the onslaught of imports, our former parent company had been the largest dowel mill in the world.  Those dowels were sold as such, in addition to being critical stock fed into automatic lathes to create a myriad of wood turnings. This created an expertise in finding the best solutions to your needs in creating quality wood turnings and at cost effective processes.  If you need turned wood, we can do it, be it a cribbage peg, tool handle, table leg or architectural column.

Some examples of our large variety of wood turnings products include:

  • Balls
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Tool handles
  • Wooden Bats
  • Wood Knobs
  • Furniture buttons & plugs
  • Toy  parts
  • Rolling pins
  • Musical parts
  • Wood Wheels
  • Furniture parts and legs
  • Novelties
  • Game calls
  • Wood Police batons
  • Tap handles

Once turned, we can offer an array of secondary operations for wood turnings including sanding, drilling holes, installing hardware and hanger bolts, assembly and packaging as needed.

Finishing and printing of wood turnings is also available with capabilities including (but not limited to):

  • Pad printing
  • Screen printing
  • Branding
  • Laser Engraving
  • Tumble finishing
  • Dip finishing
  • Spray finishing
  • Child safe Paints or Stains

For more than a century industrial level wood turning of parts has strong roots in Maine, based on local wood supply of Birch and Maple, cost effective and ideal materials for smoothly machined parts that are durable and high quality. Prior to the invention (or intervention) of plastics and composites, dozens of towns in Maine supported turning facilities, generating  the countries requirements of tool handles, rolling pins, spools, bobbins, knobs, furniture parts, clothes pins, toys parts, toothpicks, and the needs of the day, using sustainable New England hardwoods. While most of those facilities have long closed, H.A. Stiles has the resources to offer most any domestic wood in most any shape and size turning.  High volume needs are turned on the heavy duty lathes that have been operating for decades and smaller volume or more complex turnings can be offered, using  the latest in CNC technologies. Some parts start out on CNC lathes at smaller volumes and move to automated high speed lathes once volumes dictate the economies of scale. We work with clients to offer the best solutions at various stages of development and production.

The best wood for turning:

  • Maple..
  • Walnut
  • Cherry
  • Boxelder
  • Rosewood
  • Pacific Madrone
  • Red Elm and more…
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