German Woodturning Tools

Updated February 21, 2017

If you love to create wooden toys, bowls, fine furniture or other wooden projects, you'll want to have a good set of German woodturning tools. Whether you are looking for a lathe, gouges, scrapers or more specialised equipment, German woodturning tools make your work much easier with their quality and dependability.


Hempel lathes are automatic or semi-automatic. They are perfect for turning ball-shaped objects and for copying a pattern. They can turn bowls and bells, plates and wheels and even rings. If you choose a German Proxxon lathe, you'll get the ideal tool for turning pens or bases and columns. They'll turn everything you need for your model railroad or dollhouse and can also do marionette limbs and a variety of other classical model building items. Another German lathe comes from the Hager company. Hager has more than 35 years of experience in the production of turning lathes and has become one of the leading manufacturers. Hager even offers a lathe especially designed for woodturning beginners.


Roughing-out gouges, spindle gouges and bowl gouges are a necessity in a woodturning shop, and German-made gouges will give you precision in your work and long life in your tool. Two Cherries gouges from Germany, with a Rockwell hardness test of 61, have the two most important qualities of a good gouge: an excellent tool design and a keen sustaining edge to make the perfect thin wood curl. Hirsch, one of Germany's oldest tool making firms, also offers several sets of woodturning gouges. Hirsch offers straight gouges, bent gouges, spoon gouges, fishtail gouges and many more. They are available individually or in sets, tailored to your needs.


Proxxon offers a selection of woodturning sets, such as a five-piece chisel set, which includes a tube chisel, a flat chisel, a pointed chisel, an anvil chisel and a finishing chisel. The German company Two Cherries also markets a set of woodturning chisels, hardened to a 62 on the Rockwell C scale. These chisels make it easy to work on even the hardest woods. The Hirsch company offers mini and micro carving tool sets and also a few different chisel sets.

Other Tools

If you are a beginner, consider a set of dry blanks of different thicknesses and diameters. They are fashioned of fine European hardwoods of high quality, and their end grains are waxed. For the more seasoned wood turner, a German-made veneer hammer comes in handy, and Hirsch parting tools are always welcome in a well-stocked woodturning shop. A good sander and sander belt replacements, made in Germany by VSM or Metabo, are also good to have on hand.

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Sonja Herbert has been writing since 1998. She has been published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” “A Cup of Comfort,” and many other publications. Her writing won the Eaton Literary Award, first prize at, among other awards. Herbert has a Masters of Arts in linguistics from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.