Robust Woodturning Tools, Vega Woodworking and NOVA Woodworking are examples of companies that produce wood lathes. Robust Woodturning and Vega Woodworking are American companies; NOVA Woodworking is owned by an international group called Teknatool.
Wood lathes are used to hold wood in place during woodturning. Candlestick holders, table legs, baseball bats and other cylindrical wooden objects are turned on lathes to ensure that they are carved and sanded evenly on all sides.
Other types of lathes exist for machining plastic and metal. All types of lathes may be either manual or mechanically controlled. Mechanical lathes may be controlled by computers; this type of lathe is called a CNC lathe.