|A selection of Awls|
The awl is a versatile tool that is used for many aspects of bookbinding, including marking guide lines for quarter-bound books (to make sure your paper is straight), poking holes in paper, leather, and even board, and prepare for sewing those signatures we talked about on Monday!
|A leather book, which requires a larger awl|
|An book with exposed spine|
Though the awl seems like a tiny thing, different thicknesses are necessary for different jobs. Thicker and finer threads, board, paper, or leather, will all determine which awl will be used in order to create the tight, neat, and artistic book that the artist has in mind. So appreciate your awls, because bookbinding would be very difficult to do without them!