Awl Item Number: A7586 from the MOA: University of British Columbia


Bone splinter awl which tapers to a fine point. It is round in cross-section at tip end. Tip flares to blunt end. There is a natural channel at centre on one side, rounded on the other.

History Of Use

Bone awls are widespread tools with considerable time depth. They are used for a variety of piercing purposes in hide-working, basketry, bark craft, etc. This awl was made from the metapodial of an immature deer.


Said to have come from either Chief Purcell of Fort Douglas, Utah, or William Rowe from Nooksak, Washington, circa 1880.

Cultural Context

utilitarian; basketry; hide working.