Ashley Iles is one of the great edge tools makers in the world. Their carving tools are considered some of the finest currently made, their chisels get great reviews, and their turning tools, while not very well known in the United States are extremely popular in England. We stock the largest selection of their tools anywhere.
Below is a chart of all their full sized carving tools that we stock, grouped by style, sweep, and size. The chart shows the latest inventory information, and will also show which tools are in your current shopping basket.
The average full sized tool is around 9" long overall but smaller narrower sizes are typcially shorter with a smaller handle, and larger tools are usually a little longer and have a heavier, bigger handle. All these tools are hand forged and have bolsters so they can be struck with a wooden mallet.
Sets of tools and other tools that don't fit into the standard chart are listed with a link below the chart. We also stock Ashley Iles block or plam tools and the Peter benson detail tools, see below for links.
Most every carving teacher and tool company in the world usually suggests a kit of about six tools to start with. The problem is that nobody agrees on which six tools. Therefore in addition to the stock sets offered by Ashley Iles we also offer a 10% discount on any combination of 6 or more individual carving tools. You can mix and match the tools between all individual tools of all styles including block cutters, palm tools, and Peter Benson detail tools.
Note: Sweep I is a straight chisel. Sweep 2 is a skew chisel or in English carving terminology a "corner" chisel. With the exception of dog leg chisels all Ashley Iles straight and skew chisels are double beveled.
For more information on Ashley Iles tools
For a guide to the different types of carving tools
european sizes & pictures
By: Shai (Jan, 2018)
Hello, I am from Israel. i've heard very good reviews about the Ashley Iles chisels. It would help me as a costumer to have the european sizes along with the american ones, and also pictures of the chisels will help.
Thanks and have a good day
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By: Dan (Dec, 2017)
I own about 20 of these full size Ashley Iles carving tools now and I simply can't think there are any better tools out there on the market. These tools are traditional, solid with lots of steel and a substantial beech handle. Of the other brands I'm familiar with, Henry Taylor is trending towards removing as much metal from their tools as they can get away with, Flexcut is just, well Flexcut and Pfiel is expensive. Once you compare prices with Pfiel, Taylor, Dastra and Two Cherries, you realize what a bargain these Ashley Iles are.
I own this product.
By: Ricky (Feb, 2016)
I ordered a set based on Mary May's school tool recommendations. They are fantastic, showed up razor sharp, and were shipped out to me very quickly. I'll definitely buy more of these and will continue to order tools from toolsforworkingwood.
I own this product.