1989 ASHLEY has been a one man business with an assortment of ambitious
tools for artistic woodworking, knifes for kitchen an everyday use, as
well as natural stones for grinding and sharpening.
I source my products specifically and almost exclusively from small european
craftman's businesses. The features of these products are individual production
and handcraft. This way every tool has the character of a unique. Solely
for final works, like grinding the bevel and for surface treatment, a
motor is running. It's experienced blacksmiths and blacksmiths with exceptional
idealism, true forging artists that create such "tool - gems".
Do you like my tools, do you share my view?
The decision for high-class products also has something to do with my
I am a sculptor ("Kunst
im Zeichen der Erde") and i have been able to learn this profession
the classical way in a business. There the advice was given to me to learn
and comprehend to perfect my work - not only to get works or tasks done,
but to incorporate ones best possible skills into the creation. Work finished
that way become impressed.
This intense inner discussion and the resultant insight into aesthetics
and quality have in succession made me alert to qualitative varieties
of tools. Why shouldn't the same demands that guide me on concept and
composition of my ornaments, figures and sculptures, apply to the tools
i use? It really started during the time of my education in the middle
of the 70's, that i went looking for exceptional tools. This, after many
detours and research led me ten years later to ASHLEY. You are able to
see the results on this pages and rightly so i can affirm: perfected tools
perfect your work.