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Boys and Girls Club in Wausau, Wisconsin get a new American Beauty

We were quite happy to help the Boys and Girls Club in Wausau, Wisconsin procure a brand new American Beauty.  It's hiding under that green tarp behind Bob, Dale and Mike from Wisconsin Valley Woodturners.  This woodturning group, an American Association of Woodturners local chapter,  pitches in at the B&G club and gives turning lessons to the kids and others Continue Reading

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6th Annual Robust Tools Open House

6th Annual Robust Tools Open House Saturday, October 6, 2018  -  9AM to 4PM Woodturning Demonstration by Guest Turner: Rudy Lopez www.rudolphlopez.com Door prizes and in-house specials on all Robust products Free Refreshments 101 Business ID, Barneveld, Wisconsin 53507 T: 608-924-1133  • www.turnrobust.com • info@turnrobust.com   Printer Friendly

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Recent Robust Owner Gallery Additions

NEWEST ROBUST OWNERS:  We've let a few of these pile up, but here are some happy new Robust lathe owners to share with you: Roger Becker is past-president of our local AAW chapter and we've known him for about fifteen years.  Roger is an active turner, doing many craft shows and has work in a number of galleries.  He and Continue Reading

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Georgia Wood is our latest new Scout Owner

Georgia Wood, from Mechanicsville, Virginia is our latest Scout owner.  Georgia and her husband, Royal, are proprietors of  Royal Wood Creations.  They make and sell fine turned gifts from their website and at art and craft fairs in their region.  Georgia confides with us that Royal, who turns on a mustard colored lathe, is just a bit jealous ! Printer Continue Reading

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Brent visits Carl Jacobson and they interview one another

I had the pleasure of visiting Carl Jacobson, YouTube woodturner and maker extraordinaire at his shop while I was in Portland a few weeks ago.  Carl shot and edited this video of us interviewing each other and doing a little turning.  Enjoy ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EVdfImIisQ&t=2 s Printer Friendly

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New Toolrest Video

Hi Folks, check out our new Toolrest video.  You'll learn all about our straight and curved toorests and the advantage of topping them off with a hardened rod.  Info on our new Box Rests as well.  You'll find it here on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWMmFl3mrt4 Printer Friendly

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Visit us at AAW-Portland, we’ll be in the Woodworkers Emporium Booth

If you're going to the 2018 AAW Symposium in Portland, please stop by and see me, Brent English (on the left) and Woodworkers Emporium proprietor, Christian Brispierre (on the right).  Ask me about that gnarly old piece of wood laying on the ground behind us, as well as about the show specials we'll have on lathes.  Hope to see you Continue Reading

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New Video: Robust Tool Handle Collet System

Check out our new tool handle video for our popular collet based system and kits: https://youtu.be/02MLleJcNBs Printer Friendly

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Update on Robust Collet Tool Handles and Kits

We've switched from ash to hard maple for our Collet Tool Handles.  These are turned for us in Pennsylvania and finished with a coat of wipe-on polyurethane. With  this posting you'll also see two customer turned examples from Rick Auge and Eric Godwin.   Rick had this to say:  "Excellent combo.  I put them into 20” and 24” handles.  Excellent Continue Reading

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Chuck Gilbert’s new Robust Lathe

Chuck Gilbert bought his lathe from one of our longest serving dealers, David Ellsworth.  Here's what Chuck had to say after he received it: The lathe was delivered yesterday right on schedule and in perfect condition. I followed the un-crating process in Don Geiger’s video on YouTube and everything went well.... The setup process in the manual was extremely clear Continue Reading

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David Ellsworth’s new studio in North Carolina

Some of you may know that David Ellsworth moved to North Carolina last fall.  I had the pleasure of visiting him and Wendy in his new home not long ago.  David sent me these pictures of the new School of Woodturning, located in the lower level of his residence, and of course it is full of quality Robust lathes.  I Continue Reading

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Robust Tools at the Florida Woodturning Symposium February 9-11

Stop by and visit us at the Florida Woodturning Symposium February 9-11 at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center.  We'll be working with our #1 Florida dealer, Don Geiger of Geiger's Solutions.  We'll have an American Beauty on display and lots of our popular toolrests and accessories for sale.   Printer Friendly

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Robust Tools Goes Solar !

This fall we installed solar panels on the roof.  Should make us 100% grid neutral when averaged over the year.  In the summer we'll make more juice than we use, and in the winter we'll use more than we make, but it should all average out in the long run.  This is how we do it folks, we're made in Continue Reading

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Visit Robust Tools at the Tennessee Association of Woodturners 2018 Symposium

Come by the symposium this Friday and Saturday, January 26 & 27.  Registration is closed, but the trade show is free and open to all.  Special deals on Robust Lathes and select accessories. Marriott Hotel and Convention Center 700 Cool Springs Blvd Franklin, TN 37067 Printer Friendly

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Sam Angelo Selects Robust Tool Rests

Sam Angelo the Wyoming Woodturner has selected Robust Tool Rests to use throughout his shop and now features them on his popular YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/WYOMINGWOODTURNER Sam has over 40,000 subscribers.  In his frequent videos he shares great turning tips that all can learn from.  Robust Tool Rests feature a hardened rod on the top that won't nick or ding.  They Continue Reading

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First Chips with Will Clark

  Will Clark It didn't take long to for Will Clark to start putting his new American Beauty through the paces when he got his new American Beauty.  Not sure what that's going to be, maybe a cool new peppermill. Printer Friendly

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John Tandy and His AB

John Tandy and his new American Beauty. We shipped John Tandy's AB to him in April of this year and here we are just getting his pictures posted and it's almost Christmas !  Thanks John for being a great customer ! Printer Friendly

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Robust Tools 5th Annual Open House

Announcing Robust Tools 5th Annual Open House, Saturday October 14, 2017. Featured turners Trent and Kailee Bosh will do a Father/Daughter demonstration. Specials on all Robust products and free refreshments too. Please see the flyer for more details. 2017 Open House Flyer Printer Friendly

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Robust Tools 2017 Open House

SAVE THE DATE:  Robust Tools 2017 Open House featuring Trent and Kailee Bosch is Saturday. October 14.  Door prizes, snacks and specials on Robust lathes and accessories too.  More info to follow. Printer Friendly

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Robust Delivers! Eureka Springs School of the Arts

Pictured are four of the nine Scout Lathes Robust just delivered to Eureka Springs School of the Arts in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  The school recently got a major grant to build a 4000 square foot wood studio and they purchased nine Scout lathes and accessories.  Pictured left to right are “Buzz” local woodturner and all around great guy, Doug Stowe, Continue Reading

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Robust Ships American Beauty Lathes To China

While others lament the decline of manufacturing in the United States, Robust Tools is finishing its first shipment of woodturning lathes for export to mainland China. “At first we were more than a little skeptical of the arrangement” said Brent English, President of Robust Tools. “With inexpensive tools made in China dominating the US market, why would the Chinese want Continue Reading

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Robust’s Latest Dealer – Stuart Kent

Stuart Kent teaches woodturning and furniture making and specializes in handcrafting custom woodturnings and furniture for discerning clients. He has been working with wood since 1992 both on the shop floor and in management positions.  He has degrees in Furniture Design and in Sculpture and has taught Art and Design for universities internationally. He is also a Senior United States Continue Reading

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Watch the new Scout video

We are so proud of our newest lathe called the Scout. Now Brent will take you on a video tour of this great machine. Watch our new video. Printer Friendly

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4th Annual Robust Open House, Saturday, October 29.

YouTube sensation Carl Jacobson will be our guest turner.  With nearly 120,000 subscribers, Carl is YouTube's number one woodturner !  As usual, door prizes, special pricing on Robust products and snacks.  Doors open at 9:00.  Please see flyer for more details. robust-2016-open-house Printer Friendly

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Moving the American Beauty (Video)

Robust customer Alex Olson recently made this great short video of receiving his new American Beauty lathe and getting his shop set up to accommodate it.  This is a quality video that you are sure to enjoy.  Along with the video, Alex added this note: "The lathe is an absolute joy to use and I am so happy I decided Continue Reading

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Robust 4th Annual Open House Saturday, October 29

YouTube sensation Carl Jacobson will be our guest turner.  With over 100,000 subscribers, Carl is YouTube's number one woodturner !  As usual, door prizes, special pricing on Robust products and snacks.  Doors open at 9:30.  Details to follow. Printer Friendly

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Naoto Suziki | Exclusive Robust Dealer for Japan

Naoto Suziki is our exclusive agent for Japan: I have supplied the best woodturning lathes and tools to the Japanese market since 1999.  If you can imagine Craft Supplies USA located in Hamamatsu, just two hours by bullet train from Tokyo, then you can imagine my store.  I am a member of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) and have Continue Reading

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Grant Tatham – Woodworking HQ

Grant Tatham is head man at WOODWORKING HQ, an importer of the largest range of high quality woodworking machinery in New Zealand. You will find quality made products from the best suppliers in their shop.  They are the exclusive sales agent for Robust in New Zealand. Grant Tatham   WOODWORKING HQ LTD 32 Adams Drive, Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand 2120 Continue Reading

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John Jordan Woodturning

John Jordan: "Over the last 30 years, I have used hundreds, probably thousands, of lathes. Every major and most minor brands, and have owned most of them at one time or another, and we imported and sold hundreds of a very nice Australian lathe that is no longer made. I’ve watched the ROBUST with interest since Brent showed the first Continue Reading

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Our Alaskan Dealer!

Robust's Alaskan Dealer, Rudy Berus and his wife Marianne stopped by a couple of days ago.  Rudy and Marianne flew down to the lower 48 where the picked up their new pick up truck and trailer.  They stopped by the AAW Symposium in Atlanta and at our shop to pick up a new Scout to take back to Alaska.  That's Continue Reading

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New Scout Lathe Update

We are building the first lot of six Scout lathes and plan on having several of them at the AAW Symposium in Atlanta in June. The lathe pictured with the centers in the headstock and tailstock is #2, which is going to Alan and Mary Lacer.  We actually got this one running shortly after the picture was taken.  Yes, the Continue Reading

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Robust Dealer Terry Golbeck

Introducing Terry Golbeck our newest Robust Dealer

Terry Golbeck is the proprietor of Black Forest Woods in Calgary, Alberta.  Here's what Terry has to say about the American Beauty he is pictured with: I really like the solid versatility of the American Beauty.  I can rough out and get the work balanced safely between centers and then move the headstock to the end of the bed for Continue Reading

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3rd Annual Robust Tools Open House Features Tim Yoder

3rd Annual Robust Tools Open House Saturday, October 3, 2015  -  9AM to 4PM Tim Yoder, Emmy award winning star of Woodturning Workshop on PBS and host of Woodturning with Tim Yoder via Popular Woodturning Online is this years guest turner. Door prizes and in-house specials on all Robust products Free Refreshments 101 Highway ID, Barneveld, Wisconsin 53507 (some internet Continue Reading

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Survey about a potential new lathe from Robust

We've had quite a number of people ask us to make a smaller lathe for clubs, craft schools and turners who just do smaller work.  Cost IS a factor, and we'd like make the lathe here in our shop and have it come in under $3k.  It will be fixed head (no swivel or slide) and chair friendly. Please put Continue Reading

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Independence Lathe

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Liberty Lathe

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