Joseph H. Martin

Joe Martin: President
December 3, 1934–February 12, 2014

Joe Martin, Sherline’s president, passed away February 12, 2014. Joe was 79. Joe left a legal trust that specifies that his current management staff and experienced employees will continue to operate the Sherline factory and support its customers. Joe’s far-sighted management of the company leaves it in very sound financial condition and with a clear direction for future product support and development. You can count on us to continue his tradition of making a high quality product here in the USA and offering the best possible customer support. The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship, a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation supporting craftsmanship will also continue to be funded by profits from Sherline tools sales as he intended. Tax deductible contributions may be made to Joe’s foundation to support Metalworking craftsmanship.

For a more in depth look at Joe’s life and influence on Sherline Products CLICK HERE.


Luis as he is remembered by his friends—always smiling.

Luis Baez: Assembly Foreman
December 8, 1956—December 15, 2007

Luis Baez, his wife Rubi and their two best friends were killed when a car in which they were riding was hit head-on by a drunk driver on the night of December 14, 2007. His loss continues to be felt on both the personal and professional level at Sherline.

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Edward Alvin Phillips
November 19, 1926—October 26, 2005

Ed Phillips retired from his first career as a transmission specialist in 1988. He found retirement boring and went to work at Sherline Products on a part time basis in 1989. In 1996 he went back to a full time schedule and worked up until a few weeks before his death from cancer at age 78. At Sherline Ed was able to put his mechanical skills to good advantage as a lathe assembler, and he was very popular not only for his consistent and accurate work but also for his quiet, easy-going, friendly manner. He always had a smile and a wave for anyone who passed by. He is survived by his wife Helen. He will be greatly missed by his family, his friends and his co-workers


Harold Clisby visits Sherline Products in May, 1998.

A note on the passing of inventor Harold Clisby

Harold Clisby passed away February 12, 2005 at the age of 92. Mr. Clisby designed the original Clisby lathe which later was sold by Ron Sher under the Sherline name in Australia before we began making it in the USA in the early 1970’s. The rigid design based on the use of extrusions was Mr. Clisby’s concept. He was a very talented and versatile designer, having successfully designed and built items as diverse as a Formula I auto racing engine, air compressors, machine tools and even a line of women’s clothing. There was little he saw in life that couldn’t stand a little improving, and his creativity even included the building of his own home from the ground up from stone. A few years ago he developed a very small lathe that still bears the Clisby name. This machine is now produced and sold by his family, so the Clisby name will carry on in the world of small machine tools. We had the privilege of meeting Mr. Clisby and his son when they visited our factory in May of 1998. The photo at the left shows Mr. Clisby holding his small lathe. (Click on the photo to view a larger image.)


Carl Hammons: Vice President & Engineer

Joe and Carl were partners in two different business ventures over the years, and their friendship spanned several decades. Carl’s participation in the process of design and production was in integral part of Martin Enterprises and Sherline Products, Inc. from its inception.

Carl Hammons suffered a heart attack and passed away on September 11, 1997 at the age of 61. His presence will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

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