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.
Block Cutting tools, or as they are called in England, "American Palm Cutting Tools," are very popular with American carvers because their small size is perfect for detail work on caricature and decoy carvings. Palm tools are also perfect for wood block carving. They are not used with a mallet. The tools are all about 5 1/2" long overall including the handle. We sell the palm tools individually, or in a few sets. Like all our Ashley Iles tools, they are shipped sharp and ready to use
Below is a chart of all the individual block cutting tools, 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.
Sets of tools and other tools that don't fit into the standard chart are listed with a link below the chart.
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, full sized tools, and Peter Benson detail tools. The discount is displayed in your basket as you shop.
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.
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For a guide to the different types of carving tools