My hand encloses the  boxwood shaft both hard, resistant to my mallet’s blow, yet soft under the pressure of my hand.  My fingertips trace the lines. They falter as they touch the brass enclosure polished by a man’s lifetime cutting, shaping, shaving wood. Pulling the chisel from its place between the rest I slice thin slivers one before the other until the fine line left by my gauge disappears. I press more, raise the cut line and pare across, sideways, until the cut  stops. The resistance is obvious at first. I feel a stubbornness in the wood. The fibres refuse my press. I press more, but twist the corner of my chisel  more directly until the wood punctures under the rise of its compression. The resistance is gone. The chisel rests upon my bench again.



  1. Lynn Adams on 1 July 2016 at 1:30 pm

    can you tell me the brand of chisels you said were the cheapest chisels in the UK but still good for the beginner

    • Paul Sellers on 1 July 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Aldi chisels made for the Aldi supermarket chain. They on stock twice a year but they are £8 per set. They hold and take a good sharp edge. As good as all the so called premium makers.