New toy

Last wood turn­ing class was tonight. I ori­gin­ally went so I could learn how to turn to make the hilt for a bol­lock dag­ger I’m build­ing. I didn’t end up get­ting the hilt done for vari­ous reas­ons but in the lathe time I did get tonight I turned up this:

It’s an awl haft, based on the ones in the Life of St Mark (image below filched from Marc Carlson’s shoe­maker pic­tures page)

It still needs a fer­rule to stop it split­ting when I set an awl blade into it and it’s not quite the right shape. I made it from memory [gold­fish imper­son­a­tion goes here] kind of on the spur of the moment, and the bulge is the right shape but it’s on back­wards, the taper should point towards the blade and the more blunt bit should point back­wards. The guy at the very right of the pic­ture is using one and seems to be hold­ing it behind the bulge and using my one like that the taper makes it hard to push on. The end of the long spike isn’t, well, spikey enough based on the pic­ture but I really want to see a bet­ter res­ol­u­tion copy of that pic­ture to fig­ure that out.

The good thing is that it wasn’t real hard to make so I’ll track down some bet­ter wood (Fiji­an Kauri not being real peri­od and all) and make some more. It’ll be fun fig­ur­ing out how to use it and wheth­er that big ol’ spike out the back is actu­ally good for any­thing or if it just snaps off. There’s a part of me that won­ders if the back spike isn’t some kind of scratch awl or some­thing and not really wood at all.

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