Desert Ironwood Burl tamper that is making its home in London, England. This piece of wood really surpised me. I hand no idea that there was that much birdseye in the wood. I wish I had room to post the other 6 views I took as they are all different!
UPDATED 4/26/16 I am home from northern Idaho, and I was turning in the shop this morning. I have a number of custom orders I am working on right now. There will be new tampers on the website soon. I am working with a lot of Desert Ironwood right now. Tampers are being sent today! HOW TO ORDER A TAMPER I use Paypal. If you see something you like send me an email and I will hold that tamper for you. My Paypal is under firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have never used Paypal, I can send you a "request for money." They will walk you through the steps and it doesn't cost you more. If you don't see what you are looking for, email me and we can figure something out!
Do you want to learn more about Thor Tamper? Click on the "About Us" or "Services" tab on the left. I have also added a WOOD OF THE MONTH PAGE.
I thought it would be smart to inventory my wood supply. I found many treasures that I forgot I had! It also has been a week of International Orders from Canada and the United Kingdom.
I found that I have a nice supply of Desert Ironwood that I had forgotten about. I hadn't been to the back of my woodshed in 6 years and I found a treasure trove including an uncut burl! See my new "Wood of the Month" page.
I am trying to keep at least 3 tampers of each size in stock, If you don't see a lot of new additions, it means I am busy making custom tampers. I am always open to discuss a custom tamper! This isn't the best website, but I would rather be making tampers than spending hours trying to make the ultimate website. Once I get an inventory built up, I will improve the website.
GOOD NEWS! When I got back from Portland I had two packages waiting for me. I bought an old root burl of Desert Ironwood. I should be able to get 5 or 6 tampers out of this piece. It has an unusual yellow streak in it. The good news is that I think I have found a new supplier for Desert Ironwood! I bought two pieces (enough for 4 tampers) and they look good. They are not burl, but one has great figure and the other has great color. IN CELEBRATION FOR THIS FIND, I AM SELLING THE FIRST TWO AT A DISCOUNT IF PRE-ORDERED. $70.00 INSTEAD OF $90.00. Let me know what size you want. This offer is good to the end of the month or until they are sold.
Making tampers out of fine hardwoods is a passion of mine. The tamper is the human connection with the coffee just before pulling the shot! Some advantages of a Thor Tamper is the nice feel of wood in the hand. The lignium vitae or Corian base that I use does not stratch or dent your portafilter. My tampers are Core Weighted. The greatest amount of weight is over the middle of the tamper rather than on the perimeter like a steel tamper. This centers the tamp easier and gives you much more feel as you tamp. All Thor Tampers are core weighted.
All of my tampers are made by me. I have had a number of Chinese companies contact me to outsource my tampers. I would never do that.
I am excited about a new finish that is really an old finish! It is a finish that was used by fine furniture makers in the last century. This finish is made of nature materials and is more environmentally friendly than my old finish. The down-side of this finish is that it takes 5 coats and each coat has to dry for 24 hours. So finishing time has gone from 3 days to 5-7 days. However, I don't want to compromise in any area of making a fine piece of functional art.
I have about 50 species of wood in stock. My favorite hardwood is Myrtlewood. It is also known as California Laurl. It is America's only Rain Forest Hardwood. It has a warm color; lots of character; it is fine grained; it finishes well; and has good feel. It is a fairly rare wood that only grows along the northern California and southern Oregon coast. One of the tampers I personally use is from Myrtlewood. I also use a Maple tamper and a Desert Ironwood tamper. I would love to make you a tamper.
Bethlehem Olivewood tamper
Desert Ironwood Burl Tamper
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