Desert Ironwood Burl in the rough! It is hard to believe that something so beautiful can come from such an ugly piece of wood. I still have not cut this burl up. It is the last one I have and may be the last one I get in a long time. I am hoping to cut it up in a couple of weeks. Hopefully it will have something awesome inside like the picture below.
UPDATED 5/5/16 There are tampers in the finish booth right now! Custom orders continue to come in. If you don't see something you like, lets talk about what you are looking for.
I have been out of town 3 times in the last month. This is unusual for me. I have been reflecting on my coffee experiences. First, I am impressed at how good my coffee is at home. I can enjoy the process as well as the product. I am not trying to crank out shots for customers. The sad thing is the best shot I enjoyed was at Clive Coffee when Karen was demonstrating a La Spaziale Lucco for me. She was more focused on showing me the machine than pulling the shot! Stumptown gave me an acceptable shot, but it was a bit overextracted. Most of the barristas smiled when I ordered a double shot. One barista told me that it had been two days since he had served a straight shot. I enjoy a good cappo or a latte, but to me the pinnacle of espresso is a nice rich, buttery, complex shot with a lot of crema! One of my customers nicknamed me, "Dr. Crema."
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 email@example.com. 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 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.
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.
TAMPER OF THE WEEK:
This is a 58mm Mountain Mahogany tamper. It is almost as hard as Desert Ironwood. It doesn't float either. This rare wood is not commercially harvested. My friend Reed and another friend of mine went to Nevada on a BLM salvage permit and harvested the wood. It is a beautiful reddish color and this tamper has some of the sap wood so it has some very nice contrast. There is also a branch inclusion on the top adding character. This tamper is for sale and would give you a rare tamper as this is not only very hard wood to get, but it takes years for it to cure. Cost for this tamper is $60.00 plus $6.00 shipping.
WHAT RECENT CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING:
" I have a much better feel for the tamp than with my other 4 tampers."
"Got the tamper, just wanted to let you know that it's incredible."
"Tamper arrived last week and espresso service has already improved."
I received the new tamper today, and what a difference it makes! I love it!"
"Just got the tamper, and I love it! My wife has already taken to calling it 'My Preeciousss.'"
"Love the feel."
"My tamper is a work of art."