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 A birdcage awl designed for both beauty and functionality, the Shenandoah Awl has been designed to a level of perfection that makes it the craftsman's ideal for starting and drilling holes.

  • The awl's shaft is hand-forged and twisted from 01 steel with a Rockwell hardness of 62.

  • The tip is sharpened for use in starting and boring holes which the square shank then widens through repeated twisting.

  • The 1 3/4" handle is sized to fit comfortably in the user's hand and allow application of a generous amount of pressure when twisting the awl.

  • The finger grip is positioned in precisely the right place to enable a firm grip in use.

Each Shenandoah Awl handle is personally hand-turned from a sold block of figured hardwood.

Watch Ed Thomas, blacksmith, make an awl shank:

 Unique Woods

Shenandoah Tool Works birdcage awl and mallet handles are individually hand crafted from highly-figured wood. It is our goal to select the most interesting possible pieces of wood for each tool. However, since Mother Nature produces a diverse variety of grain and color, the photos in our store can only show representative samples and some variation in each tool can be expected.