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Brazilian rosewood is my all time favorite wood and I am terribly allergic to it. They my buddy ,LJ Doug Scot ,brought over a beautiful piece about 1 3/4" thick and I could not resist to make some awls out of it. My very first one was rosewood.

I did all the machining of the wood with a full respirator on and vacuumed up the whole area when finished.

As like before, these have hardened tool steel points and brass ferrules , but these have 45-70 Govt. cartridges inserted in the back. They are finished with EEE and Shellawax.

Cheers, Jim

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Nice stuff Jim. Short, sweet and to the Point!
 

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Nice!! Those are pretty cool to look at and still very functional.
 

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Always a pleasure to see your awls Jim. Rosewood is a perfect wood for turning.
 

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Nice Jim, sure beats the heck outta my ground down screwdriver
 

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nice work jim.
 

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They always turn out great Jim, like the wood and the finish.
 

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These are nice looking awls Jim, and the wood looks awesome.

If I am nearby I would definitely picks one up.

Thank you for sharing
 

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+Very flash Jim, I like them

Bob
 

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They are beautiful Jim.
This must be your signature piece.
Love them.
Love the one you gave me years back, still my favorite.
Hope you are good and keeping healthy my friend.
Best thoughts,
Mads
 

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Wow…way too nice to actually use Jim…lol
Nice work!!!
 

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Thanks for all the nice comments. I sure hope I can do some shows this year to sell all this stuff that is stacking up! When I get a lull in the shop I make parts that I know I'll use and the points were already done when I got the nice block of rosewood..

Hi Dave, rosewood is my favorite for making tool parts so I get real excited the some comes my way.Doug has always been my source.

Cheers, Jim
 

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Those are gorgeous, Jim!
 

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Sweet sharp-pointy objects Jim!
Do you do any post-machining heat treat on you steel?

I came across several piles of .45-70 brass near some old RR tracks a while back. Someone told me they use the cartridges in a special tool to blast home the rail spikes. I guess when your .22 concrete nail setter is just not strong enough…

I'd like to see if I have an allergy to rosewood, unfortunately I never seem to amass any significant supply 8^)

Juniper does me in.
 

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Looks familiar….I'm proud owner of one of those…great product! Those looks fantastic in that dark wood.
 

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Thanks Lew, Bruce and Ivan!!

Hi Bruce. After turning the point I harden them full hard and then draw them back to straw color. I figure they are around 62 Rockwell C.
WOW a 45-70 to drive railroad spikes. High tech compared to a sledge hammer! Did you bring back any of the casings?

cheers, Jim
 

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Beautiful. Not sure what it is about quality awls, but I just can't get enough of them! These are nicer than the Bridge City ones in my humble opinion.
 

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Real nice Awls Jim. I haven't worked with any of that Rosewood but it must be to you what Red Cedar is like to me, have to have the respirator on and I won't look for anymore of it.
 

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Thanks Darrel and John!

Hi Darrel, that is a real fine compliment. It is hard to make anything with rosewood that looks bad!

Hi John, real sorry to hear you have an allergy to red cedar. It is sure a heck of lot more plentiful around here than the rosewood.

Cheers, Jim
 

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Jim, There is something about Awls. I think it is the combination of beautiful wood with the brass ferrules and the hardened steel.
Absolutely Beautiful.
Regards,

Cliff.
 

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Thanks, Cliff….......Cheers, Jim
 
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