Welcome to the Stiles & Bates website!
September 6th, 2016 was the 20th anniversary of our shop opening.
20 years! Where has the time gone?
We started with planks, blanks, some tools, and a range of accessories.
Now we have over 30 suppliers (excluding timber merchants), a swish epos and computer system to cope with ever increasing mail and internet orders, but we are still just a small family business with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic team without whom we could not have grown as we have
over the years.
Nor could we have done it without you, our customers, not just for your continued business but also for spreading the word in clubs, pubs and sheds, passing on our catalogue and going into print on the forums, thank you all!
We are now the only dedicated woodturning suppliers in the South East offering all woodturners’ needs from our own buildings, both for beginners and veteran turners.
Not only do we supply local woodturners and woodworkers, but through mail order and the internet, supply customers throughout the UK and beyond, many of whom have been with us since day one.
We are told that we have now become ‘a destination’ shop and see visitors from all over the UK who have used our mail order services and need a winter coffee by our wood stove or a summer walk down our farm tracks or maybe just yack about woodturning.
Our products range includes woodturning bowl and spindle blanks (never less than 10,000 in stock but a pound to a penny not the one you want today!) woodturning lathes from Record Power and Brimarc, band saws, sanding machines, drill presses, dust extraction, air cleaners, pyrography machines, tool sharpening machines and jigs including the unrivalled Sorby ProEdge - to name just some of the machines we stock.
We have woodturning chucks, lathe fittings and accessories, pen making kits and blanks, an eclectic range of project accessories from clocks to peppermill mechanisms; the list grows every year.
We stock tools from Crown, Sorby and Ashley Iles, a range of abrasives, finishing products from Chestnut and Liberon, glues and a lot more.
They say our shop is an Aladdin’s cave but it has become more of a Tardis over the years!