A-Z of Bookbinding: A is for Awl

A-Z of Bookbinding

Flexing my drawing muscles and have chosen to draw all my tools and techniques in bookbinding with an A-Z list.

A is for Awl.


This tool is fantastic not just for piercing signatures but for so many more things in the studio.

I often use it to gently score paper because of its sharp tip and handy wooden handle. It’s also great for lifting up sections when I’m papercutting, marking out holes in wood or walls for picture hanging and the wooden handle with its flat top is great if you’re old school like me and like to hammer holes in stab bound books.

Do you have an awl in your toolbox?

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