Awls of Larger Caliber

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-03-2013 01:55 AM 2092 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I never got around to this winter in Az.. This is another half dozen awls with hardened tips and brass ferrules and cartridge cases embedded in the ends.
From left to right is an Osage Orange one then 2 Pistachio ones and then 3 spalted Beech ones.
The first 2 on the left have S&W 500 casings and the rest have 44 mag casings. These higher caliber casings are compliments of LJ Hillbilly Shooter…............Thanks, John!!!!!!!!!

They are finished with EEE and Shellawax

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 05-03-2013 02:06 AM

Very cool! Great job!

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#2 posted 05-03-2013 02:12 AM

Absolutely gorgeous—these are real beauties! And, your metal work is also outstanding. I know I prize my “Jakosh” awl. The spalted Beech really stand out. Looks like other than reloading, you’ve discovered the second best use for fired cartridge cases. Thanks again for the shout out.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 05-03-2013 02:30 AM

These are beautiful. Are any of them for sale?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 05-03-2013 02:36 AM

Great looking awls. All so perfectly the same. I made a few for guys at work awhile back,but not as fancy.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 05-03-2013 02:52 AM

Those are way to pretty to actually use in the shop….good thing you have that display for them….lol
Fine job Jim

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 05-03-2013 03:52 AM

COOL idea…

COOL wood…

COOL job!

COOL display…


Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 05-03-2013 07:54 AM

Jim, your awls are top class. this I know since I am so lucky to have one, and it is my best friend on the workbench, it never leaves there and are always visible so I can enjoy the beauty and send you a thought.
Best thoughts my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 05-03-2013 09:56 AM

Jim very nice and a great display


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 05-03-2013 10:18 AM

Great looking awls Jim. Did you turn the ferrules yourself?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 05-03-2013 10:53 AM

if i could get my hands on one of these i would be asoijfaosidjfasd

-- Ben L

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#11 posted 05-03-2013 12:07 PM

Thank you all for all the nice comments. You give me so much encouragement!!

Mike, I do turn the brass ferrules out of solid stock and the points are from 1/4” drill rod and hardened. I have a metal lathe and I actually turn the first part of the awl on there- the diameter on which I insert the ferrule. That way I can hold the dimension more exact and make them quicker. I epoxy the ferrule on and the put it between centers and turn the front angle to match the ferrule and continue on down the shape. There is one spalted beech awl (4th from the left) that is longer and skinnier than the rest. I have so little beech left and had to use this piece to make 6 of them. It had a bad spot in it that made me stretch the shape a bit to get it to clean up.

I was sure glad to get these big caliber shells from John because all I had was 30-30 shells and needed a change!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 05-03-2013 01:04 PM

Nice bunch of awls. I like the wood selections that you choose for your handles. Neat signature style that you have come up with.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#13 posted 05-03-2013 02:00 PM

You were busy as always,super.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 05-03-2013 03:28 PM

Great project. Thanks for posting.

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#15 posted 05-03-2013 06:27 PM

Nice project. I really like the different colors and the stand.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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