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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 …

Using Awls Without Hurt­ing Your Hand

How you hold an awl in use is import­ant for a couple of reas­ons. You need to hold it in a way that gives you good con­trol over what you’re doing but allows you to apply suf­fi­cient force while redu­cing a tend­ency to lever the blade (which will surely snap it); but you …

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 …

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 …

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