Dec 26 2007

Awl and Needle

Published by at 6:43 pm under Animal Materials

During the recent trip down south I made a number of things, but unfortunately lost my camera… Numerous tutorials have thus been lost. I did however get a new camera for Christmas, so here are some photos of an awl and a needle I finished up yesterday evening.

The needle is of reindeer/caribou antler and has no special features. The awl is made from bone and hafted in reindeer antler.


I haven’t yet ever bothered making hide glue. (Have tried it on a couple of occations though) What I have found is that the core of antler contains quite a lot of glue. So if wetted with water or preferably saliva you can tuck pieces of core back around in the haft for a pretty decent and secure fit.


And the forum is now up and ready for use!


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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Awl and Needle”

  1. Temekuon 26 Dec 2007 at 6:48 pm

    looks good bro 🙂
    now I hope you can make some fine sleepingbags with this needle!!
    greetz, Marc

  2. Temekuon 26 Dec 2007 at 7:38 pm

    woudl be intreesting to hear some mor eon natural glues too
    I always understood that bearfat was the best to use along with several other products


  3. Sam_acwon 26 Dec 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Pine resin is pretty sticky stuff – I’ve made little pine resin sticks (they resemble cotton buds) yet it isn’t too good for gluing until you mix it with something else.

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