The Offset Stitching Awl is a simple tool for creating holes, or enlarging existing holes, in a variety of materials. It is a useful piece of kit for craftsmen and women, especially woodworkers and leatherworkers.
Based on traditional designs found as far back as the late 1700s, Ray employed the craftsmanship of esteemed British blacksmith Andrew Kirkham to create these updated versions of this Canadian tool. Andrew has produced a number of items for Ray and Woodlore over the years, including our Steel Strikers
and Canadian Steel Strikers
The zigzag shape of these awls was first introduced to overcome a problem with the handles, where the wood or bone handles of straight awls tended to split under pressure. The offset design seen here is used to anchor the awls firmly in their handles, and was common among those found at British-era sites in Canada.
These Awls were used extensively during the Woodlore Birch Bark Canoe course in 2013, in which a traditional Canadian canoe was built from natural materials. They are also used for sewing heavy materials, such as leather or canvas. You can see Ray putting this tool to use in his Northern Wilderness
- Exclusive to Woodlore
- Sold separately
- Ready to be fitted into your own handle
- Dimensions: 170 x 5 mm