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Chisels and Skews

Carving chisels are not at all the same as carpentry or bench chisels, and the skew or corner chisel is an essential tool. An introduction to Sheffield #1: chisels and #2: skew or corner chisels.

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| 10 March 2016 17:00

Justin - Do you mean the one designed by Ray Gonzalez and manufactured by Ashley Iles? I'm afraid I've never used it so can't say. I believe there's an accompanying document written by Ray, so perhaps you can find it or other information online. A skew chisel made from a fishtail certainly has corner-reaching benefits but the ones I have are far less refined than this 'hooked' skew.

| 08 March 2016 07:54

What about hooked skew chisels? What's it used for?

| 29 July 2015 11:28

John - I think you are being misled in the video: all my lettering chisels have double bevels, and this includes the Auriou. Although you buy gouges with no inside bevel, the fact is - at least in my carving heritage - that's only because it's an expense for the manufacturer and they've always left it to the carvers to profile their gouges and add inner bevels as they wanted. So the fact is that all carving tools (except spoon gouges) have double bevels.

| 27 July 2015 19:40

why do the Auriou chisels have double bevels? When i see you carving letters on video your chisel is single beveled.

| 12 February 2014 05:43

Just a quick follow up to say I was one of the first recipients of the new Auriou letter carving chisels and they are very good. They are super sharp from the get go, comfortable and light to hold. I've created a project to track my progress, so I will be posting more information about them as time goes on.

| 23 September 2013 12:11

Thanks, Chris. I just called the Forge De Saint Jeury and left a message. I hope they are releasing the chisels soon. My capitals are about 45mm and lowercase 35 mm. None of the capitals have round elements, they are all straight elements: M, W, L, H. I need to buy in stages due to limited funds so my next purchases are the fishtails for the serifs. I have your letter carving book and DVD and they are a superb resource - thanks! In your book you recommend a No4 (5/8") Fishtail Gouge and a 1/2" Fishtail chisel. I hope these sizes will be OK for both my upper and lowercase letters. Perhaps you are reluctant to recommend particular brands, but I found a Pfeil 5/8" fishtail gouge and Lie Nielsen 1/2" fishtail chisel on https://www.toolsandtimber.co.uk/. I love Lie Nielsen tools (a lot of my carpentry chisels and planes are from them), but not sure about Pfeil as a manufacturer. I do have a philosophy of buying the best quality tools I can afford. I think in the end it's cheaper that way - cheap tools have a habit of wearing out and failing. If your up-and-coming set is appropriate for my project and they are selling them soon, then I can wait a bit for them. Next month, I'll tackle the round gouges. Many thanks, David.

| 19 September 2013 12:59

David - The set will include a fishtail chisel, but not a skew. You need to understand that what gouges you need depends on the letter style and size, which of course are very variable. The gouges in the Auriou set - whenever it materialises, and I don't know when - will fit a particular alphabet that I have drawn and will be included in the set, which is why it's called a 'set'. But they only may or may not match other lettering. Use my book on lettering to help work out what you need before committing yourself to buying tools that might not work?

| 18 September 2013 20:33

I've just received the set of 7 straight letter carving chisels from the Forge De Saint Jeury and they are very nice to work with indeed. I'm building up a set of carving chisels as I have a couple of projects on the go that require letter carving - a great motivator to learn about it!! This site looks great, and thanks for keeping the fees low!

Next on my list will be skew gouge and skew chisel for the serifs and I see on Jeury's website they say "COMING SOON (OCTOBER 2013) - 5 MORE CHRIS PYE LETTERING TOOLS". Can I please ask will these five include a skew gouge and skew chisel? If not what makes should I look at? After that I will need round gouges for the rounded letter forms. My commission involves a lot of lowercase letters (oh, start with the easy stuff!), so I guess they might be included in this set of five tools too?

Many thanks, David.

| 23 February 2012 23:21

I've always wondered why one of the chisels in my set had a bevel on both sides, now I know! Thanks!

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