Very early bolstered straight awl, top view

Very early bolstered straight awl, top view

Top view of early bolstered awl. The spear point end (pointing to the left) pierces the leather, the other end is also tapered and pointed but thats so it can be fitted and driven securely into a handle ...This is a very early 18th or late 17th century awl, thats over 300 years old. Its most likely Spanish in origin, and was the stock in trade for leather working, and a very common trade item and staple for the colonists in the new world .

side photo of early bolstered awl

side photo of early bolstered awl

This is the side image of the bolstered awl. You can see how from the side it gradually tapers to a needle point.

Tools of the trade

Hi again all...Im setting up a tools page here this weekend...
it is for the discussion of traditional leather working tools...
seems like a good place to start...I will begin with a discussion
on the humble leather awl....for a simple little tool, it is really pretty sophisticated and enjoys a very long and rich history...
thanks again..Tim

skinning knife and tooled sheath

skinning knife and tooled sheath

heres a skinner I cobbled up...its made from a forged file and hafted in antler. The oak tan sheath is simply tooled, and the welt has been left a bit long and fringed...TCA

Site Update

Theres not much new here yet, for which I apologize...I have been so busy writting and getting a slug of consignments and restorations done to meet deadlines I have had time for little else...

I should be able to add alot more now that Im caught up on things...thanks for your patience...and please keep checking back and blogging in your comments as I get this site off the ground...
T.C.Albert

southern "man in the moon " pouch

I was asked to copy a pretty unique little pouch with a good southern provenance and circa 1850 or so....

Bobcat pouch is done

Awhile back last fall, I was asked to make up a pouch with a bobcat hide flap. Well, I was finally able to get it done. I usually dont use rings to attach straps, but it was also requested, so a pair of antique iron rings was used. An antique brass harness buckle was used for strap adjustment. the pouch was made from veg. tan 3~4 oz. tooling leather, and antiqued with my home made dyes and polishes. It turned out pretty well, and Im very happy with it ....you can see the 3 pictures I have posted of it , front, back, and opened view....thanks for loking...
T.C.

bobcat pouch when opened

bobcat pouch when opened

bobcat pouch opened...

bobcat pouch back

bobcat pouch back

bobcat pouch from the back side

Bobcat fur flap front

Bobcat fur flap front

pouch completed 1/11/08 for consignment.

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