Currently browsing tag

Tools

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 …

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 …

Knives

Sharp is Good The most import­ant fea­ture of the knife is that it be sharp; razor sharp is a good start. In a recent post on the Crispin Col­loquy, D.W. From­mer II, a pro­fes­sion­al west­ern boot­maker whose skill and philo­sophy I admire a great deal, said the abil­ity to sharpen a knife is one of the …

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 …

css.php