Cavediver

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    Learning stitching and buying my first awl

    So, an update... I bought an awl from Tandy so I could practice my sharpening... I've got the blade cleaned up pretty well, but still need to work on the point and transition; I think the blade gets too wide too fast, making penetration more difficult than it needs to be. I tacked the Stohlman Hand Sewing book on to that order so I could have a visual reference on hand while I'm learning. I'm in the middle of my DIY stitching pony with cam lock. I need to pick up a hinge this week. I bought some John James #002 and #004 harness needles plus some Tiger Thread from Rocky Mountain Leather Supply. As I'm not 100% sure I can get that Tandy awl where it needs to be, I opted to add a King #0 awl blade to the RM order... It'll give me a good idea of what sharp really is, and I'll make my own haft for it after I figure out what I am doing. Tanks again for all of the advice. I'm going to practice with this for a bit while I make up my mind between pricking irons and diamond chisels. Maybe in a week or three I'll have a better idea about where I want to go with all of this nonsense!
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    Beginner

    I'm in the same boat! I need something to get my head away from my daily grind. Hopefully I'll get some nice looking stuff out of it as well, and maybe even a marketable skill way on down the road. In the meantime it's great mental therapy!
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    Learning stitching and buying my first awl

    Thanks all. Some good points to consider! I've been looking at stitching chisels and know that's the easier route for a beginner, however I figured I'd also need to know how to do it by hand in some cases; hence the decision to buy a decent awl. I've got my eye on a cheaper set of chisels from ebay, and maybe a couple of Seiwa chisels once I figure out my size requirements. I'm pretty close to a Tandy store, so I'll skip out at lunch one day this week and check out the Craftool awl. While I prefer the idea of a replaceable blade, the $30 price tag is certainly more appealing than the $75 version, especially since this is just the beginning of a hobby I may or may not keep... I've got plenty of wood working tools on hand, and have a plan to put a stitching pony together this weekend. On that same note, I'd turn my own haft, but I have no idea what a good stitching awl should feel like in the hand (what features it should have, size, balance, etc). That's why I figured I'd start with a pro model and then make my own if or when I needed another. To your points Ornito and YinTx, I know this isn't going to be an easy ride. Most things worth doing well take a lot of time, practice, and patience. I have one out of those three on any given day; hopefully I'll be able to muster the other two from time to time and learn how to make some nice looking stitches
  5. Hello all, After a few simple no-sew projects, I've decided I should learn to stitch. I've watched a couple of videos, have the Stohlman book on order, and now it's time to buy an awl. I've read enough to know I should avoid Tandy and the other inexpensive version, so I'm looking at the Barry King hafts and blades (available from the same source). Good choice for a first tool, or should I pick something else? Which one? I have medium sized hands (7.5" tip to wrist). My guess is the small haft with the flat side, but if someone has a better idea, I'm all ears! Blade: Are the Barry King blades good for a beginner, or should I bite the shipping bullet and make a second order from Bob Douglas? Blade size? I'm working with small-ish projects (journal cover or smaller) and using ~5oz leather , 2-3 layers. Also, will one small blade cover most small to medium projects, or will I need more than one type? Thanks!
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    Balance point for a maul?

    Hello all, I'm just getting into leather work and can already tell I need an upgrade from my current maul (20 oz soft poly woodworking maul). I am going the DIY route and will be making three or four in a variety of weights. UHMW, HDPE, or Delrin heads (2", tapered), wood handles, and lead insert weights are the plan. What I don't know is how / where these should be balanced. Head heavy, head /haft joint, or...? I'm guessing the heavier mauls should be weighted towards the top and the lighter tooling mallets should be more balanced, but thought I should ask before putting tool to material Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Jay M