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Monday, 26 November 2012


Dastra Woodcarvingtools
Patrick Damiaens
Ornamental Woodcarver

Dastra Woodcarving Tools



An annual tradition is our visit to Dastra, a manufacturer of traditional sculpting chisels and tools. In the village of Ronsdorf near Wuppertal in the German Ruhr, which is only an hour and a half from where we live, carving tools en woodcarving tools are made for sculptors and wood carvers alike. The people at Dastra are extremely kind and they’re always in for a chat…and they always have a nice warm cup of coffee at the ready. 

It’s as if time stood still here. Woodcarving tools are still made the old-fashioned way, with a mind for tradition and a heart full of passion

 Dastra Carvingtools

 Dastra Carvingtools

Our company David Strasmann & Co. was founded in an old timber-framed house in the heart of Wuppertal-Ronsdorf in 1835. In the meanwhile sixth generation our family business creates the finest handmade tools to cover the requirements of wood carvers and sculptors. 

Paring chisels, flat irons, as well as straight, curved and cranked gouges and all of these in various sizes. Our company catalogue lists a total of more than 1.700 available articles.

Just imagine that every item travels through 32 stages to reach its completion. From the forging of the blanks-made of a special durable steel which holds the sharpness especially long- the shaping in the stamp shop and the exact grinding to shape and size, it goes on with the straightening, marking, hardening, polishing and scarfing to the mounting of the wooden handle and attaching the label.

Our tools, handmade by the employees of our company, are almost small works of art in themselves. Our customers are professional artists and place high value on quality. 

Manufacturer of carving tools

Our tools are renowed in wood carver circles and are sold worldwide. Even your grandchildren will still be able to work with the handmade tools of our company.

Dastra woodcarving tools

We manufacture high-quality sculptor iron of the mark DASTRA woodscrew. Furthermore our product range covers Tiroler iron, Swiss iron, carving measurer, carving chisels, linol cutting tools, tools for leather plastics, sculptor files and rasp rifflers, figure screws, ice chisel and putty for modelling work.  




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