Shaping

Learning how to shape wood beyond flat and square elevates your woodworking skills and furniture projects to the next level. Whether you’re in search of the latest tools and technology or seasoned woodworking advice and easy explanations of wood carving techniques, you’ll find it here. From carving methods that use antique wood shaping tools and how-to advice on sharpening tricky carving tools to advice on modern machines that make quick work of exacting details, we’ve got you covered.

Review: Lie-Nielsen Curved Drawknife

Though I don’t talk much about it here on the blog, one of my long-standing obsessions (aside from my “goat” problem) is with chairmaking. I’ve taken a few classes, built a bunch of chairs and dream about doing work as nice as Curtis Buchanan, Peter Galbert or even Dave Sawyer. Since I started making...

I am That Nutjob

Sometimes with woodworking, what seems crazy one day can be quite sensible the next. I distinctly remember reading in the late 1990s a manuscript from an author who was building some Morris chairs. He used an 8′-long beam compass to lay out the shallow curves on the chairs’ stretchers and had to enlist his...

Auriou Rasps Available Now

Find your credit card. You know the one. It’s one your spouse always hides when you get caught reading my blog. Auriou, the venerable French toolmaker that closed it doors last year after a labor dispute, re-opened for business on Friday. Thanks to new owners and the same plant manager, the new Forge de...

The New Auriou to Begin Selling Rasps this Month

After shutting its doors in late 2007 because of a labor dispute, Auriou Toolworks is set to re-open its doors this month and start shipping a small range of rasps directly to consumers, according to one of the owners. This is great news for woodworkers because the worldwide supply of these excellent rasps ,...

Auriou Rasp-makers to Re-open in France

The venerable rasp-making company Auriou plans to reopen its factory in France this summer after being shuttered by a labor dispute, officials said. The closing of the company resulted in a purchasing frenzy of the rasps by woodworkers that continues to this day , one Auriou flat rasp sold for $600 on eBay today....

How Do I Sharpen a Rasp?

John Griffin-Wiesner writes: Thanks to your blog posting last week which alerted me to the closing of Auriou, I purchased my only three Auriou rasps. While explaining them to a non-woodworker friend on the phone he asked if rasps ever wear out or need sharpening. Huh. I never thought of sharpening a rasp. But...

Auriou, French Rasp Maker Since 1856, Closes Its Doors

The finest maker of handmade rasps and rifflers has closed its factory in Saint-Juery, France, after a protracted labor struggle with its workers, according to a release from Michel Auriou. The Auriou company has been making rasps by hand since 1856, and have only recently become available to woodworkers in the United States and...