Awl

Description
This wooden tool was once used for piercing holes in animal skin. To sew a seam, a woman traditionally pierced both pieces of skin with an awl and then laced sinew thread through the holes.
Accession Loan No.
E1233
Collection Class
Tools for farm and craft
Common Name
awl
Simple Name
awl
Full Name
awl
Dimensions
whole length 146 mm; whole diameter 15.5 mm
Production Year High
1778
Production County
Western Arctic
Production Country
Canada
Production Area Region
North America
Production Continent
North America
Family Group

Material
wood; pigment
Function Name
tool
Function Detail
Made before 1778. Captain Cook headed north in 1778 after leaving Hawaii and came to the American Northwest and the Arctic. Iron wasn’t known until the arrival of Europeans who traded it. It is difficult to know the exact origin of this tool.
Collection Area Region
N
Collection Continent
America

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