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Picture of two skiving knives lying on a piece of leather

Skiv­ing Knives

I recently bought a couple of skiv­ing knives from Lisa Sor­rell, and I’ll start this by say­ing this: Run, do not walk, to Lisa’s web­site and buy one. One of each if you can afford it, but the big one if not. If you can’t afford a US$45 knife, that’s Ok, but …

Words From a Mas­ter Crafts­man

Ford Hal­lam is an extraordin­ar­ily tal­en­ted met­al smith trained in the Japan­ese tra­di­tion. A short film was made about his work, Utsushi — in Search of Katsushira’s Tiger which I think every­one should watch. I have watched it many many times and I take great joy in it each time. Oppor­tun­it­ies to watch a mas­ter …

picture of a fine closing awl on a bench with the blade resting on a ruler for measurment

Fine Clos­ing Awl

This is the awl I use for fine work and for round clos­ing 2–2.5mm thick leath­er. It was made from a small allen key, though 3mm music wire would also work well. I cut the angle off the allen key, stuck it in a drill and tapered it with a sand­ing drum on a dremel while …

Medi­ev­al and Renais­sance Awl Hafts

Fol­low­ing on from my pre­vi­ous two posts about awls, I should say some­thing about medi­ev­al awl hafts since none of the hafts I’ve pic­tured pre­vi­ously are medi­ev­al in shape (one is an attempt, but it’s all wrong). Marc Carlson has a lot of pic­tures of his­tor­ic shoe­makers on his Foot­wear of the …

Awl collection

Awls

After a year in which, thanks to vari­ous ail­ments, I’ve bought a lot more tools than I’ve used,  I now have a fairly reas­on­able col­lec­tion of awls. No two have the same haft, and there are a few def­in­ite favor­ites in the col­lec­tion. Most of the awls I have were obtained nth hand and all but …

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