Our Focus


Over the course of almost 50 years, we have meticulously streamlined our workflow and perfected the process in which we approach your project from development to delivery.


Craft and precision serve as cornerstones through every phase of production. Our state-of-the-art facility is home to the most skilled machinists and staff.


We assure that your final product meets the standards you expect with every order and we pledge to make your total satisfaction our number one priority.

Pride and Quality

Photo of the Candlewood Tool and Machine Shop Quality Control Department

From the production floor to your door, we continuously strive to meet quality control standards as we comply with your schedule and product specifications. We offer flexible scheduling and can accommodate demanding delivery under the most exacting product needs.

Through our operating procedures, we address incoming material inspection, first piece, in-process and final piece inspection, process procedures for non-conforming product and inspection and testing records.

Our Story

Glass shelf displaying parts milled and turned by Candlewood Tool and Machine Shop

About Us

Founded in 1973, Candlewood Tool and Machine Shop, Inc. (CTM) is a state-of-the-art production and specialty tool and machine company supporting the needs of customers in our competitive economy. For over 45 years, CTM has maintained a commitment through skilled training, quality planning and constant performance improvement, to provide its customers with the finest quality products and service possible.

CTM specializes in CNC milled and CNC turned custom precision parts. Whether your needs dictate long-run or short-run manufacturing, our highly skilled and experienced staff has the knowledge and ability to deliver constant quality under the most exacting specifications and deadlines. We pride ourselves on innovation, reliability, flexibility, and responsiveness.

Photo of the Candlewood Tool and Machine Shop facility located in Gaylordsville Connecticut


Candlewood Tool and Machine Shop, Inc. was founded by former President/Owner George Christophersen in 1973 in the garage of his family’s home. Over the years, CTM has steadily grown to an 8300 square foot facility located in Gaylordsville, Connecticut.

CTM is currently owned by both daughter Amy Christophersen Jacques and current President, James Jacques. For over 45 years, this family-business has been known for being a quality driven job shop with low to medium production capabilities and competitive pricing.

Our Services

Operations and Industries

From our Western Connecticut manufacturing facility, CTM has demonstrated an ability to deliver our critical services to a regional, national and international customer base. Our production experience contracts in the commercial, industrial, medical, electromechanical and hardware industries. We manufacture small lots of 10 to 50, to large lots of 1000 to 5000 utilizing aluminum, carbon and stainless steels, brass and plastics.

In addition to machining custom precision parts, CTM can service your plating, painting, heat treating and welding needs through contracting with our vendor base.

Manufacturing Process


X Axis

30" 60% Complete

Y Axis


Z Axis


10" Diameter


20" Long

  • 9 Vertical CNC Milling Centers from Haas, Bridgeport, and Milltronics
  • 5 CNC Turning Centers with live tooling from Mori-Seike and Hwacheon
  • Manual milling and lathe machines
  • Full inspection department dedicated to quality control
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Hwacheon Logo
Milltronics USA Logo
Mori Seiki Logo


Take a tour of our Milling Department. Hover and click or touch each thumbnail below to view the full image.


Take a tour of our Turning Department. Hover and click or touch each thumbnail below to view the full image.

Our Team

The CTM Family

Photo of the entire team at Candlewood Tool and Machine Shop

At CTM, we confidently stand by our promise of superiority because we know our entire team stands with us. Altogether we bring countless hours of industry experience, along with a vast skill set of technical and mechanical mastery.

Every member of our staff is committed to bringing their best each and every day to assure your project is a success. Our shared devotion brings us closer together and we grow stronger with every satisfied client.

Meet Our Managers

Hover or touch an image below to learn more about each of our Senior Managers.

James Jacques, President and Owner

James Jacques

President & Owner
  • 30 years of experience in machining field
  • 27 years at Candlewood Tool and Machine Shop, Inc., 18 years as owner
  • Specialty Skills:Machine shop management, quoting, inspection
  • Email:james@candlewoodtool.com
Chrys Cowan-Hewis, Office Manager

Chrys Cowan-Hewis

Office Manager
  • 30 years of experience in office management
  • 26 years at Candlewood Tool and Machine Shop, Inc.
  • Specialty Skills:QuickBooks accounting, Shop Tech E2 Software
  • Email:chrys@candlewoodtool.com
Chris Severino, Forman

Chris Severino

  • 20 years of experience in machining field
  • 15 years at Candlewood Tool and Machine Shop, Inc.
  • Specialty Skills: Computer aided design & manufacturing, Programming through Auto Desk Fusion 360
  • Email:chris@candlewoodtool.com

Contact Us

If you have further questions about our services, capabilities, and facility; or if you are interested in obtaining a quote for your upcoming project, please complete and submit the form below.