Bone-Handled Steel Awl
Bone-Handled Steel Awl
The fanciest of pig stickers. A regular ol' hefty awl, made unnecessarily complicated with carved & dovetailed elk bone sides, held in place with sterling silver rivets. 5 5/8" long, 5/8" at its widest, coming to a long sharp tip.
A little product information...
Steel Tools: The steel tools are made from high carbon steel and have been heat treated for strength and durability. The steel tools are patterned by hammer blows or embellished with hand-cut steel stamps.
The awl is used for hole punching into signatures and binders board, the ball end pulls stitches,marks with a dimple (I use it on paper and leather when I don't want to mark with a pencil). Printmakers also use the awl for intaglio since it is heat treated and can scribe into metal and burnish with the ball end.
The micro-chisel can be used on paper, leather, binder's board and wood. I made it originally for making consistently even slits into leather for weaving thin parchment strips for the decorative work on Late Coptic book binding work I do and classes I teach.
The punch is just a pretty, a dolled-up version of any cheapy punch available at the hardware store, it's used for pre-drilling, pilot hole marking and for stamping into metal (for instance during clasp-making)
Except for the steel punch, NONE OF THESE TOOLS SHOULD BE HIT WITH A HAMMER OR BE USED FOR PRYING OR SCREWDRIVER-LIKE PURPOSES.
Carved Elk Bone Tools: The shape, size, and feel of the bone tools are in part determined by the bone it comes from. Each is unique.
All of the folders I make are from elk bone, an exceptionally dense, white bone that carves wonderfully and polishes well.
I receive clean, whole leg bones (an otherwise unused by-product of hunting) and spend a lot of time working it to shape with a band saw, sander and numerous hand tools (see photo).
The shaped bone is then ornamented with hand carving, either a pattern made up with lines and dots, or carved flower. Hand sanding and buffing polish and complete the tools.
A unique design that I've made is the Carved Elk Bone awl, which has a dull point on one end and a dull angle blade-like end. This I made this for blind tooling work on leather. The point end marks stops and the blade-like end is very maneuverable for easily tooling straights and curves.
Each tool is individually made by hand, therefore not two are exactly the same.