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Tool time Tuesday and today we’re punching some holes. My youngest son, Levi, was reading to me and in the story one of the characters used an awl, more specifically a brad-awl. This prompted me to wonder, what is the history of the awl? According to venchas dot com the awl is a tool that has been around over 7,000 years and it’s used for the same purpose today as it was when first invented, that is to make a hole or mark various types of items, from fabric, leather, wood or metals. There are a number of different types of awls, depending on what you’re doing. Scratching to sewing or marking to making a starter hole. Most awls are made of metal with a wooden handle. Louis Braille, creator of the Braille system, lost eyesight in one eye due to it being punctured by a stitching awl in his fathers harness shop. He then lost his other eye due to infection. His system allows those who are visually challenged to read through touch. I have a couple different size awls in my tool collection that I inherited from my dad.