There are 17 tools that make up Chris Pye's "Basic" range of carving tools:
- Series (sweep) #3: W. 5mm (3/16"), W. 8mm (5/16"), W. 14mm (9/16"), W. 20mm (25/32"), W. 26mm (1 1/32").
- Series (sweep) #6: W. 5mm (3/16"), W. 8mm (5/16"), W. 14mm (9/16"), W. 20mm (25/32"), W. 26mm (1 1/32").
- Series (sweep) #9: W. 5mm (3/16"), W. 8mm (5/16"), W. 14mm (9/16"), W. 20mm (25/32"), W. 26mm (1 1/32").
- Skew Chisel - W. 10mm (13/32"). 60 deg. V tool - W. 10mm (13/32").
Auriou woodcarving tools have been used by Chris Pye since he first began carving and are among his favourite tools. Deep gouges for shaping, medium gouges for modelling, flat gouges for smoothing surfaces, and the ever-useful V tool - with these tools you can carve a wide range of subjects.
The blades are uniquely forged by beating out a blank of steel to length, before hammering the cross-section profile. This process creates a resilient grain structure and, when hardened to Rockwell 58C, underpins their great edge-holding properties.
About 10 years ago, Chris enjoyed working with Auriou to redesign these tools. The new gouges have the older, 'allongee' style of blade that splays from the shoulder. They are lighter, with thin walls of uniform thickness, and their corners are more available for cutting.
Chris regards these as some of the finest carving tools being made today and is proud to endorse both the tools and the caring, traditional manner in which they are made. Each tool comes with slender octagonal ash handles and polished brass tapered ferules.