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 25 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 hand-stitched or sewn on an antique sewing machine).
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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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: