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Awls and Awl Tips

From the Collection of Mont De Lancey 71 Wellington Road Wandin North Victoria

Description
5 x Cast iron Awls, all with wooden handles.
1 x container of spare Awl metal tips.
Size
Various
Object Registration
3116
Keywords
bootmaking tools, awls, piercing tools
Historical information
Wandin Thomas Sebire JP (1867-1960) learnt boot-making as a young man. In a small workshop on his property in Sebire Avenue, Wandin he made boots for family, friends & neighbours. He also repaired boots & made other small leather articles.
Bootmaking is a complex process requiring a variety of tools.
The leather is cut to shape, glazed & burnished (polished) with heated irons. The pieces are stretched onto, & nailed to, a wooden last to form the boot. Once attached to the insole, the boot is finished on a metal last. Uppers are stitched with waxed thread through holes made with an awl. Heels comprise pieces nailed together & neatened with a heel shave.
Metal plates, short nails or hob nails driven into the sole & heel, often in a pattern, improved durability.
Last updated
8 Jul 2019 at 1:32PM