Henry Taylor Decorating Elf
Henry Taylor Decorating Elf
£49.94 (£41.62 Ex. VAT)

Henry Taylor Decorating Elf

Code: 952453

  • Made in England
  • Unique tool for surface decoration on turned work
  • The tool is only limited by your imagination
  • Additional cutters available
£49.94 (£41.62 Ex. VAT)

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Frequently Bought Together

  • Henry Taylor Decorating Elf
  • Henry Taylor Cylinder Cutter for Decorating Elf
  • Hermes Abrasive Disc -  50mm x 120 Grit (Pkt 10)
  • Axminster Spring Calipers Internal - 150mm
Total: £67.63

In Detail

This unique tool was originally designed by William Hudson (USA), known to his friends as the Turning Elf – hence the product name. Now manufactured in England by Henry Taylor Tools, this tool produces some excellent effects on both faceplate and spindle work. Woodturners who produce boxes will find this tool invaluable for surface decoration and it can be combined with colouring followed by liming wax or burning effects. The ergonomically profiled handle is made from stained beech with a solid brass shaft that is inserted into the body for 100mm(4") to add weight and feel to the overall design. The brass body has two sealed (maintenance free) bearings inserted to support the cutting tool. The bearings retain a rare earth magnet which prevents the cutter from disappearing into the shavings on the floor. The Decorating Elf is supplied with an 8mm (5/16") HSS ball cutter. To increase the range of effects a cylindrical cutter and a bud shaped cutter are available as optional extras. Also in the pack is a Natural Hogs Hair Burnishing Brush, which is a key component in producing a clean and crisp pattern. The concept in using the Decorating Elf is that there is no need to use abrasive materials (the instruction sheet tells you how). The brush not only cleans and removes fibres but also burnishes the surface – ready to take the finish of your choice. We think that this really is a great tool and we are looking forward to seeing some of the work you produce using it. To further extend the range of possible designs available to you, two extra cutters are available. Fabulous patterns can be achieved using the HSS Cylinder Cutter’s end face or the side face. The bud cutter again adds another dimension to the array of patterns that can be achieved with the Decorating Elf. N.B. Replacement ball cutter and burnishing brush are available to purchase separately.

Reviews (2)

Customer Reviews

Overall rating 4 out of 5 based on 2 reviews

Newest Customer Reviews


Pete Beardsley

5 January 2014

Very Nice Tool

I would agree with Ciaran, a very nice, solid tool. Weighty in the hand but easy to manouvre and very easy to get the hang of with a little practice. Seems to work equally well on both end and side grain and I do like that the patterns are cut and not embossed.
The Elf seems to be among the cheaper of the texturing tools available and I think it represents good value for money and while it would be nice to have had all three tips included in the pack, I don't think it is unreasonable to just get the one given the price. Nice to see the burnishing brush and DVD included as well.

Ciaran Hynes

29 January 2011

Nice tool

Very sturdy tool, heavy in hand, easy to maneouver.

For the price, it would have been great if the other 2 tips were included.

A nice compliment to any serious turners tool set.

Very little practice needed to get patterns mastered but included DVD was most helpful to get started.

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