Sep 23 2015 3 Comments
Many people don't realise just how easy and how much fun working with rasps can be. Ask anyone who has had a go at making a saw handle, which part they enjoyed the most and nine out of ten will reply 'rasping the blank handle to shape'.
A few years ago I had the luxury to hold and use one of the most beautiful rasps I have ever seen made by AURIOU (pronounced OR RE YOU) from France. Since 2008, Michel Auriou has been making a wide range of rasps and rifflers for wood and stone, with an 8 strong team of skilled blacksmiths and rasp stitchers.
These are all produced in house at Forge de Saint Juery, home of Auriou Toolworks, near Albi in south west France.
Auriou's craftsmen hand forge and hammer rasp blanks to create lasting perfection. The teeth in the rasps are "hand stitched", one at a time, with a particular sized punch which produces carefully sized, triangular pointed teeth in an irregular pattern that prevents furrowing, providing a superior finish.
Each rasp is a hand made beauty. Enjoy The Making of Auriou Rasps
Cheers — Gaston Monge-Grassi