Auriou - General Information & Care Instructions
Auriou are world famous for making hand cut rasps and rifflers for the precision shaping of wood and stone. We also make a big range of firesharp chisels for working stone and tools for plaster work and gilding.
We make Chris Pye's carving tools for sale around the world.
Our rasps are tapered to allow them to be used more easily. They are stitched to the tip and to the edges. Our range includes cabinet, modellers, rat tail, ironing & combination rasps. Auriou rasps are produced for right handers but all can be handed for left handed use by special request.
Each individual cutting tooth on our rasps and rifflers is raised on a polished blank by the drop of a traditional rasp-makers hammer onto a special barleycorn pick. This gives a slighly random pattern to the cutting teeth resulting in a smoother finish to your work.
There are over 30 separate operations in making our rasps of which "stitching" is just one. The finer grade rasps will take a highly skilled stitcher like Denis or Jean-Luc as much as 90 minutes to complete. The blank is then heat treated individually by a special process used only by Auriou Toolworks.
Rasps made by us have been used and appreciated by woodworkers all round the globe including violin makers in Cremona, Italy, by Sam Maloof and his 'boys' in his Californian workshop, planemaker Konrad Sauer, woodturners Michael Hosaluk, Jean Michel Escoulen & Mark Sfirri, Christopher Schwarz, Chairmaker's Brian Boggs & James Mursell, sawmaker Mike Wensloff, and many more, too numerous to mention.
Care and Use Instructions
Stitching Grain (the cut)
The grain or "cut" is based on a scale of 1 -15 where 1 is super coarse (only ever used in industrial special orders) and 15 is super fine.
The most popular rasp we make is the 10" (250mm) cabinet makers rasp Grain 9.
It is a good balance of length and cutting power. Customers often chose to start with this rasp and then ask for more aggressive or finer rasps depending on the work they do.
Modellers rasps are simply finer, slimmer versions of the cabinet rasps.
We often get asked for an all round set of rasps and of course there is no perfect answer as it depends on the work you want to do.
But try these combinations....
Albi 10" rasp - Cut (stitch or grain) 5 & 9
Albi 8" rasp - Cut 11 & 14
Cabinet 10" rasp - Cut 5 for quick stock removal
Cabinet 10" rasp - Cut 9 - for refining your shape
Modellers 7" rasp - cut 13 - for further refinement and detailing
But please e-mail us if you need any help chosing.
Special Order Notes
Orders that include Special Order rasps may add 2-5 weeks to the delivery time. Where combined with standard range tools the whole order will not be shipped until complete. These include the left handed options and some superfine cabinet rasps.
Once we fit our French walnut handles they are very difficult to remove. If you do not want your rasp handled then please advise by covering e-mail.