The Spiralling System is a tool unique to Robert Sorby. It is designed to provide decorative spirals on turned work - round the rims of bowls, round, the stems of goblets and candle-sticks. It will not cut threads.
Spirals can be cut at different angles, left or right and in different sizes. Such is the variety. It is possible to cut one spiral over another to produce cross hatches, diamonds and rope effects. Even now turners are still experimenting with this tool in conjunction with colours, inlays and hollow forms. It really challenges the imagination. The indexed reference points on the tool rest enable repeatability of spirals.
There are two options. The complete system comes with four cutters - three for spiralling and one for texturing. The basic tool comes with just cutter but is an ideal introduction to this decorative technique. Spare and additional cutters are available.
Both come with instructions on use.
The Spiralling System is not intended for use on soft woods.
Use a diamond sharpening file (RS224) to keep the tool in tip-top condition.
Further information on use of this and other decorative tools is available on the Decorative Tools video (VRS03A).