I've just started a new batch of awls. Above is my set up for getting the hole centred and straight. The Flipstop system is so good and so secure.
The whole batch of 108 awls came from a single board of Bocote which I bought from a friend who had had it for 40 years, it should be dry!
The figuring of the grain was superb throughout, these will look great.
Below the spikes have been glued in with epoxy, they needed to be watched as the spikes on some kept rising up again due to the tight fit.
Here's a shot of the whole batch, a lot more work to do yet.
A finished awl can be seen on my website http://www.davidbarronfurniture.co.uk/david_barron_tools.asp?pg=2&id=35