Tool of the week - Square or Continental Awl
Welcome back, shoemaking enthusiasts! We've had a wonderful week of shoemaking with plenty of sole stitching. So we though it was time to make the square or continental awl our "Tool of the Week".
|A mushroom-shaped awl handle is our preferred shape, |
as it sits comfortably in the hand
|The square or continental awl blade is shaped like a hockey stick |
with a thick side profile...
|And narrow knife-like top profile|
|Angle of entry|
|And out the other side|
|Left bristle through first, pull it back and slide the right bristle underneath|
|Pull both threads through together...right hand up and left hand down|
Wrap each thread around your first two fingers and
give a firm pull to settle the stitch onto the leather
and into the channel