Why ‘The Spin Doctor’? Keith Clark, MD, PhD is a full time, practicing ENT surgeon. Near the end of the last century, after finishing a PhD in Physiology and reaching full-professor with tenure at the OU College of Medicine, he began ‘spinning’ ideas of designing and making tools with ‘spinning’ metal lathes and milling machines to cut wood shapes ‘spinning’ on a lathe. Dr Clark moved to private practice and stepped up the ‘hobby gone astray’. No, there is no formal training in machining, engineering or even woodturning, but he does have 2 doctoral degrees. In addition, Dr Clark ‘spins’ at a local ice rink most early mornings as a figure skater and ice dancer. So ‘The Spin Doctor’ seems to make some sense…
The Clark Steady Rest and the Clark Deep Hollowing System were born in the basement and garage and a patent for the hollowing system obtained in 2006. In the meantime, the business grew from its garage birthplace to a 5000 sq ft leased building which is now filled with machine tools. All the processes except powdercoating to include design, machine programming, fabrication, machining, packaging and shipping have been done by Dr Clark until recently when help arrived in the forms of Alex Clark and JD.
Alex recently graduated from OSU in Stillwater, OK with focus on Entrepeneurship and Health Promotion. He is willing work in the shop making parts to pay his dues to learn all about manufacturing so he can function as CEO. Alex is tasked with shop security, social media marketing, development of distributors, risk management, and client development.
JD has been a gift from heaven with his can-do abilities and over 40 years of manufacturing experience. He was born in a machine shop and is a consummate machinist, tool and die maker plus mechanical designer. JD has reorganized the shop, tuned and fixed machines, and improved our machining processes.
Now that JD has joined us, we hope to progress into a new era of even better Clark Woodturning Tools. Furthermore, we plan to move in some new directions as well to include computerized (CNC) ice skate sharpening, CNC woodturning, medical instrument prototyping and manufacture, and even helping inventors bring ideas to reality.