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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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: …

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