Woodworkers have used chisels to cut and shape wood since Neolithic times, and designs have changed little over thousands of years. Most chisels have rectangular cross-sections, with the end ground to a square, sharp edge, and with a wooden handle. Gouges are chisels with a curved cross-section for cutting curves.

This set is from a collection belonging to Gus Hatfield (1916-1981), whose name can be seen incised on many of the handles.