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I made some more awls for stock for future shows. These are made from Osage Orange, with hardened tool steel points and solid brass ferrules. They each have a S&W 500 Mag cartridge embedded in the back ( Compliments of LJ Hilbillyshooter _ Thanks John
!). Two of them had chipped out when I had them turned to final dimension and was rounding the back so I added some contrasting wood to finish them. I was going to use walnut but when I walked in the wood storage room, this piece of Jarrah said Pick Me.. Pick Me, so that is what I used for them. They are 1 1/2" diameter and 4 1/2" long and finished with EEE and Shellawax.

cheers, Jim

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Nicely done, just curious to know why using a gun shells?
 

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nice line up jim those should sell real well.
 

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Those two tone ones are fantastic!
 

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Nice one Jim,
My one still serving me well as expected.
Cheers
Anthm
 

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nice jim, they won't last long if you get to show them
 

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NICE!!! Use the one you sent me quite often. Thanks again.
 

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Very nice!


I gotz six owls too …
 

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Nice projects Jim, like the addition of the Jarrah.
 

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Very nice. A good awl is very useful.
 

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Those are awl-fully cool and handy. Sorry, couldnt help myself. But seriously, love that bullet idea.

Gonna have to check out that shellawax, that sounds interesting.
 

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Nice Awls Jim. That big bottom says smack me rat cheer.
 

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Really good Jim, I should make myself one, but you know how it is!!!!

Maybe one day.

Bob
 

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Jim, you make them very well. I know that somehow from my own experiance…
 

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Thank yo all for the nice comments. I was going to make them out of rosewood and were my respirator, but it was not thick enough. Doug Scott says he has some for me for the next batch.

Hi Rasim, the empty cartridges are my trademark for handles ,awls or anything like that. I use all different calibers that I get from the range but I did not have any big ones so Gunny obliged with the big 500 Smith and Wesson magnums!

cheers, Jim
 

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Nice looking tools Jim. I don't think I've ever used one. They are for leather work? Are those ferrules tapered inside as well? Looks like the outside is.
 

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Thanks, John. They are use for layout, finding the centers of scribed lines or they could be used in leather work. I made the first one because I had been using a long awl with a skinny shaft and it did not have the control I liked so I made one to fit my hand where my index finger can be just behind the point and not a long ways away from it for scribing a line. When I put cross lines on wood, I use this fine point to pick up the center.

I have dropped mine on the floor many times and have not damaged the hardened point. It is not glass hard but drawn back after hardening- you'd understand that.

cheers, Jim
 

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Beautiful Awls Jim. I would like to tackle that as a project sometime. Just need to get the right gear to heat the steel for both softening and hardening..Am I on the right track?

Great finish Jim. Both the Wood and the Hardened Steel Points. Brass Ferrules always add the right finished touch too.
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Thanks Steve,Cliff and Ron!

Hi Cliff,I'm sure you can do it at home. I used to used my oxy -acetylene torch to heat these points but then I found out that drill rod hardens at 1450-1500 F / 788-843 C and my propane torch mixing with just air heats to 1977 F so that is what I have been using to bring the point to cherry red and this type of DR is quenched in water. Then I draw them back to a straw color. I use the brass to not only dress them up but to strengthen the wood at the end against side pressure. I could use any metal but I buy hollow brass now. I used to buy solid and drill it out but it is getting more expensive every year. The hollow brass comes to $1.20/inch.

I use my metal lathe to make the ferrules but you can cut the brass on a wood lathe

Cheers, Jim
 
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