I first used John’s tools at the 2005 AAW Symposium in Kansas, he loaned me a set to do my hollow form demos. At the end of the symposium he said “keep them”
They instantly became my ‘go to’ tools for any small opening and cross grain forms and I use them for truing up the inside of all my roughed out vessels.
The Armbrace is the most comfortable I have used, in fact it cured my tennis elbow which I suffered badly from when I was using straight handles. I find them very relaxing to use, my hand and forearm lie on top of the handle with my forefinger pointing along the tool whereas I am making a fist and subconsciously tense up when I grip the traditional "pistol grip" style armbrace handles.
Here is a quote from John Jordan: "These are the same tools I have used for over 35 years, and are made here in Tennessee by me. The hollow turning tools are simple, easy to use tools that work for the novice turner, as well as the experienced turner. "
"They are the best hollow turning tools you can get. If you are not happy with them, or any of my tools, I will gladly refund your money. Beware of tools made by companies or people that have little or no real experience producing work. My proven tools have produced thousands of successful pieces, not only by me, but also by many satisfied users. I sell only tools that I use!"
The problem with most available "hollowing" tools is that the cutting edge is not on center, which will cause them to grab and catch, they are the wrong shape, or simply too big to fit into small opening hollow turnings. Tool companies or people who don't actually use the tools usually produce them, and they don't really understand the concepts. I have spent many years being frustrated over students having to modify existing tools, hand make tools, or just using something not really suitable.
Not being able to find anyone to make them reliably, I have invested in the equipment necessary to make these tools, so that Vicki and I can produce them ourselves. The hook tools are exact copies of the hook tools I have used for over 20 years (with a better finish!)