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Using an Awl to Sew Leather and Heavy Fabrics / Jeremy Cook


If you think about tools that we use today that are passed down from ancient people, the knife, or possibly a modern version of the spear might come to mind. Lying somewhere between those two implements in the modern-day usefulness is the awl. Made out of bone in ancient times, the basic purpose of an awl is to pierce a piece of heavy material in order to stitch it. I’ve repaired part of a sailboat with mine and tested it out on the cardboard box that it came in. One of those was much more useful than the other, which I’m sure you can figure out. So how do you use one of these monster-needles? — via Make:

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