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I’ve done a couple of other ‘awlful’ posts recently – they are truly inspiring tools, simple, ancient, essential, and seemingly infinitely variable… So here’s some of that variety! These were the first twelve that I grabbed out… of a drawerful deep in the bowels of the vast archive, which makes them a random sampling… And, I can’t think of an hour of the day when, at some point, I haven’t needed an awl – so why not lay them out around the clock.
For those who care about such things, the background is the top of a free-standing incubator for chicken eggs, from Des Moines, Iowa, that dates from 1894.