Ashley Iles

Ashley Iles

In the autumn of 1949, a pattern maker named Ashley Iles gave up his day job and set out on his own to make and sell tools. He began by renting a small workshop in Sheffield for five shillings a week and ended up with a factory making carving and woodturning tools with a brand known worldwide. Today the company is run by two of his sons, Tony and Barry, with the help of Tony's wife, Christine, who as Company Secretary, looks after the administrative and clerical details.
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  1. Ashley Iles Mk2 Bevel Edged Cabinetmakers Chisels Set of 6

    £155.00

    Thin, light and beautifully balanced, with fine sides and correctly flat backs, Ashley Iles Mk2 bevel edged cabinetmakers' chisels are truly in a class of their own.

    These chisels have been designed and optimised for paring work, although some gentle tapping with a mallet will do them no harm at all.

    Forged from O1 high carbon tool steel, the blades are individually hand ground by a team of highly experienced grinders...

  2. Ashley Iles Pole Lathe Woodturning Tools Set 2

    £119.00
    Set 2 is a collection of tools for producing larger / longer turnings between centres, if you want to get into a bit of faceplate turning too, add a bowl gouge.

    The set comprises:

    • 1-1/2 inch Shallow Roughing Gouge

    • 1 inch Skew Chisel

    • 3/8 inch Spindle Gouge

    • 3/8 inch Beading and Parting Tool

    • 2 inch Pole Chisel



    Like all Ashley Iles...
  3. Ashley Iles Pole Lathe Woodturning Tools Set 1

    £115.00
    Set 1 is a collection of tools for smaller turnings between centres, we recommend these tools as a starter set, you can always add a bowl gouge or some of the larger tools if you want to get more adventurous with your turning.

    The set comprises:

    • 1-1/4 inch Deep Roughing Gouge

    • 3/4 inch Skew Chisel

    • 3/8 inch Spindle Gouge

    • 3/8 inch Beading and Parting Tool

    • 1...
  4. Ashley Iles Mk.2 Butt Chisel 2 inch (50mm)

    £47.20
    These beautifully hand ground English chisels are perfectly designed for very accurate chopping work. With the heel of your hand resting on the bench and the neck of the chisel gripped lightly between thumb and forefinger, you can place a cutting edge of the chisel with absolute precision and tap it to the required depth with a small mallet. The compact size is perfect for chopping because you can keep both the cutting edge and the end of...
  5. Ashley Iles Mk2 Bevel Edged Cabinetmakers Chisels Set of 10

    £275.00

    Thin, light and beautifully balanced, with fine sides and correctly flat backs, Ashley Iles Mk2 bevel edged cabinetmakers' chisels are truly in a class of their own.

    These chisels have been designed and optimised for paring work, although some gentle tapping with a mallet will do them no harm at all. The chisels are supplied with a low primary bevel angle of around 22-23 degrees, for general use we recommend honing a secondary bev...

  6. Ashley Iles Mk2 Bevel Edged Chisel 2 inch (50mm)

    £49.80
    Thin, light and beautifully balanced, with fine sides and correctly flat backs, Ashley Iles Mk2 bevel edged cabinetmakers' chisels are truly in a class of their own. These chisels have been designed and optimised for paring work, although some gentle tapping with a mallet will do them no harm at all. Forged from O1 high carbon tool steel, the blades are individually hand ground by our team of highly experienced grinders who work without the...
  7. Ashley Iles Peter Benson Carving Tool Set 2

    £131.50
    Rather than just being a random selection, Peter did a trial with his students, getting them to log which tools they used and how frequently over a period of several weeks - the tools that made it into sets 1 and 2 were the most frequently picked up. Peter Benson Set 2 includes:

    • 1/16 inch No 41 Straight V Tool (45 degree)

    • 1/8 inch No 18 Curved Gouge (No.9 Sweep)

    • 3/16 inch No 39 Straight V Tool (6...
  8. Ashley Iles Peter Benson Carving Tool Set 1

    £129.50
    Rather than just being a random selection, Peter did a trial with his students, getting them to log which tools they used and how frequently over a period of several weeks - the tools that made it into sets 1 and 2 were the most frequently picked up. Peter Benson Set 1 includes:

    • 1/16 inch No 40 Curved V Tool

    • 1/16 inch No 18 Curved Gouge (No.9 Sweep)

    • 3/16 inch No 4 Fishtail Gouge

    • 3/1...
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    Ashley Iles Dovetail Chisels Set of 6

    £130.00

    The Ashley Iles Dovetail set consists of four superbly controllable, short bladed paring chisels with elliptical faces that form an acute angle along the sides of the blade; this design gives excellent clearance right into the corners of a joint. The chisels come in widths of 1/8", 1/4" and 3/8" as well as a nice broad 1" to give a crisp, level finish on larger areas.

    For all those spots that you can't quite get to with a straight b...
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    Ashley Iles Dovetail Chisels Set of 9

    £200.00

    The Ashley Iles Full Dovetail set consists of seven superbly controllable, short bladed paring chisels with elliptical faces that form an acute angle along the sides of the blade; this design gives excellent clearance right into the corners of a joint.

    For all those spots that you can't quite get to with a straight bladed chisel, Ashley Iles have also added a pair of 1/4"cabinetmakers fishtail skews. The tapered blades afford much ...
  11. Ashley Iles O1 Marking Knife Left Bevel

    £12.50

    These beautiful marking knives from Ashley Iles are hand forged from carbon steel, so they take a sensational edge.

    There is a slight curvature to the blade, rather like a surgeons scalpel, so the knife will always cut smoothly throughout the incision, whatever your choice of grip.

    The non slip rubberised handle feels comfortable and positive in the hand, and the thin section gives it a very precise feel. As you would...

  12. Ashley Iles O1 Marking Knife Right Bevel

    £12.50

    These beautiful marking knives from Ashley Iles are hand forged from carbon steel, so they take a sensational edge.

    There is a slight curvature to the blade, rather like a surgeons scalpel, so the knife will always cut smoothly throughout the incision, whatever your choice of grip.

    The non slip rubberised handle feels comfortable and positive in the hand, and the thin section gives it a very precise feel. As you would...

  13. Ashley Iles Mk2 Bevel Edged Chisel 7/8 inch (22mm)

    £29.00
    Thin, light and beautifully balanced, with fine sides and correctly flat backs, Ashley Iles Mk2 bevel edged cabinetmakers' chisels are truly in a class of their own. These chisels have been designed and optimised for paring work, although some gentle tapping with a mallet will do them no harm at all. Forged from O1 high carbon tool steel, the blades are individually hand ground by our team of highly experienced grinders who work without the...
  14. Ashley Iles Mk2 Bevel Edged Chisel 1-1/4 inch (32mm)

    £37.00
    Thin, light and beautifully balanced, with fine sides and correctly flat backs, Ashley Iles Mk2 bevel edged cabinetmakers' chisels are truly in a class of their own. These chisels have been designed and optimised for paring work, although some gentle tapping with a mallet will do them no harm at all. Forged from O1 high carbon tool steel, the blades are individually hand ground by our team of highly experienced grinders who work without the...
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    Ashley Iles Dovetail Chisel 1/16 inch (1.5mm)

    £28.20
    This delightful 1/16" (1.5mm) Ashley Iles Dovetail chisel is perfect for very fine dovetailing work. The chisel blade is short in order to give it sufficient strength and stiffness. To the same end, Ashley Iles Dovetail chisels are hardened right through the bolster, so only the tang is soft. If you enjoy producing the very finest of joinery, this is one of those tools that will make you smile every time you pick it up....
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    Ashley Iles Dovetail Chisel 1/8 inch (3mm)

    £25.80
    The 1/8" (3mm) Ashley Iles Dovetail chisel is an absolute treasure for trimming the baseline of fine fiddly dovetails. This chisel is also good for slightly larger dovetail sockets where you can slip it through the narrow neck and pare away the waste. An exquisitely delicate little tool that will help you out of all sorts of tight spots....
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    Ashley Iles Dovetail Chisel 1/4 inch (6mm)

    £20.20
    The 1/4" (6mm) and 3/8" (9mm) Ashley Iles Dovetail chisels are the workhorses of the dovetail chisel set for chopping and paring away material. The 1/4" (6mm) dovetail chisel offers such slight resistance that you are unlikely to need extra persuasion, even in very hard timbers (we tested them in kiln dried Iroko). The 3/8" (9mm) dovetail chisel takes a little more pressure, but responds well to a light kiss with a mallet if necessary. ...
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    Ashley Iles Dovetail Chisel 3/8 inch (9mm)

    £21.80
    The 1/4" (6mm) and 3/8" (9mm) Ashley Iles Dovetail chisels are the workhorses of the dovetail chisel set for chopping and paring away material. The 1/4" (6mm) dovetail chisel offers such slight resistance that you are unlikely to need extra persuasion, even in very hard timbers (we tested them in kiln dried Iroko). The 3/8" (9mm) dovetail chisel takes a little more pressure, but responds well to a light kiss with a mallet if necessary. ...
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    Ashley Iles Dovetail Chisel 1/2 inch (12mm)

    £22.80
    The 1/2" (13mm) and 3/4" (19mm) Ashley Iles Dovetail chisels are ideal for chunkier work like blanket boxes or chests. These chisels also extend the range of possibilities for advanced decorative joinery. Hand forged and ground in Lincolnshire from O1 high carbon tool steel and hardened to RC60-61....
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    Ashley Iles Dovetail Chisel 3/4 inch (19mm)

    £24.50
    The 1/2" (13mm) and 3/4" (19mm) Ashley Iles Dovetail chisels are ideal for chunkier work like blanket boxes or chests. These chisels also extend the range of possibilities for advanced decorative joinery. Hand forged and ground in Lincolnshire from O1 high carbon tool steel and hardened to RC60-61....
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