Tool Review: Asabeing Tool Roll
Mary May takes a look at the handy 14-pocket tool roll
When I travel to teach wood carving, I always bring my favorite carving gouges with me. Carrying my precious cargo safely and securely is very important to me. After all, these are my babies.
Recently, I tried the Asabeing 14 Pocket Tool Roll when I flew to teach a wood-carving class. The roll technically has 16 pockets, but the company doesn’t count the two where the rope is attached because they’re rather small. Still, I found them useful. Ten of the pockets fit full-size carving gouges, and the six smaller pockets of various sizes can hold pencils, rulers, small rasps, or smaller-handled gouges. A 19-pocket version is available for $5 more.
I placed my gouges into the pockets handle-first, and they fit tight enough so they did not fall out, and loose enough so I could remove them without much effort. I was also able to fit two gouges with smaller handles into one of the larger pockets.
The thick hemp canvas was strong but lightweight, and there were no cuts in the fabric from sharp gouges. The top of the pockets also have a hemmed edge that prevents this area from fraying. For carrying a set of 10 gouges and a few smaller odds and ends, I would highly recommend this tool roll. When I rolled up my tools and secured them with the double hemp rope tie, I was confident my babies were safe.
—Mary May, woodcarver and instructor
From Fine Woodworking #276