Chris Pye Carving Tools from Auriou Toolworks, France
British carver Chris Pye began woodcarving in 1975, originally studying under master carver Gino Masero. He is a member of the prestigious Master Carvers Association. Auriou woodcarving tools have been among Chris Pye's favourites since he began carving. Uniquely their blades are forged by beating out a blank of steel to length before hammering the cross-section profile. This creates a very resilient grain structure in the metal which, when hardened to Rockwell 58C, underpins their great edge-holding properties.
Chris Pye has been working with Auriou on a re-design of their woodcarving tools since 2009. The new gouges have the older, 'allongee' style of blade that splays from the shoulder: they are lighter to use, the corners are more available for cutting, and their thin walls are of a uniform thickness. The lettering tools comprise 7 thin section chisels of various widths with 7 new gouges/fishtail chisel (released Dec 2013)