Awl Made Here was started in 1994 on the beautiful island of St John in the US Virgin Islands. Now located in (also beautiful) Southport NC, it has remained a strong & steady leathercraft business for over 28 years. This is a one-person business and in a private home studio, all items are completely handmade. From the first steps of pattern making, to choosing & cutting the hides, to the placement of hardware and the final stitches, all items are made with care.
Most pieces are made to order. ALL pieces are made to endure! (Check out the testimonials to endurance on the Reviews page)
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Tracey Keating (owner/operator/craftswoman): "At its start, Awl Made Here was a small workshop / a tiny storefront next to Skinny Legs Bar & Grill in Coral Bay (on St. John). Knowing nothing of 'business' but falling hard for leatherwork and encouraged by my fellow 'Coral Bayers', I gave it a shot. As I learned the how-to's of working with different leathers and various tools, the business began to grow at a nice, comfortable pace and has kept me busy since! In the very beginning it was mostly pamphlets & books and “figuring it out” as I went along because those were the pre-world wide web days. Online searches were non-existent: can you imagine?!"
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Seventeen years later the storefront closed (in 2011), and Awl Made Here moved through the next phases in the life of the biz. An online presence was established, a "store on wheels" for a short time, a relocation to North Carolina, and now: vending at outdoor markets & festivals, selling in stores, and of course: custom orders and online sales.
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CHEERS to everyone that have helped to keep Awl Made Here alive!
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AWL MADE HERE AT IT'S START, ST. JOHN USVI,1994 (+)
THE AWL MADE HERE MOBILE LEATHER STORE, Coral Bay, St. John: