Auriou’s origins date back to 1856 and has since earned a world-renowned reputation for making precision shaping tools for wood, stone and plaster. Between 2007 and 2008, production was interrupted by a short closure. But thanks to two hand tool enthusiasts, Auriou’s forges were reignited, back up and running under the new name of Forge de Saint Juery. Fourth generation rasp maker Michel Auriou is the man in charge and has recently regained ownership of his family business.
The quality and performance of the Auriou brand is respected worldwide and has never faltered. We are proud to carry out all the traditional processes - forging blanks, grinding, heat treatment and hand-stitching - all "in house" at our forge. We do not outsource, allowing us to keep a very careful eye on quality control. Our artisan blacksmiths have all the necessary skills to make the fine tools that carry the Auriou name. Since 1967, every Auriou tool has been hand-forged at the Forge de Saint Juery, the home of Auriou Toolworks.
Auriou’s range includes the famously hand-stitched rasps and rifflers for wood, as well as firesharp stone carving chisels for working on marble and soft stone. We also have a range of wood carving tools designed and endorsed by the master carver Chris Pye.
Auriou are customer led, not price led. We will not compromise quality for cost, which means some of our tools are special orders and might take a bit longer to get to you. The forge is busier than ever and we have taken on new workers to meet the demand.
You can buy our tools here on our website (which we are improving every month) or through any of our approved stockists worldwide. If you are ever near the little town of Saint Juery, France, you are welcome to visit the forge and meet with Michel Auriou.