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Bruce Johnson 
Leather Tools LLC

Saddlery Tools - This page features lace pullers (blunt lacing awls), saddle string tighteners, and Collar Awls (sharp lacing awls). Please click on the thumbnails for a larger picture with price and description. 

  • Lace Pullers
  • Saddle String Tightener
  • Collar Awls

Sewing Awl Hafts - These are wooden sewing awl hafts with a chuck type end for changing awl blades. Unless otherwise stated they do not include awl blades. Awl blades vary by personal preference in size and length and may be obtained from several good makers. 

Lace Puller/Blunt Lacing Awl

These are collar type awls that have had the end blunted and cutting edges rounded over, then polished. They are useful for pulling lace ends through a braid without cutting a string. A good handy tool for pulling laces in saddle skirts, seat jockeys, and stirrup treads.

Saddle String Tightener - Used to pull up and tighten your saddle strings for western saddle work. PUll the string through the slot, give a lap around to make a bind and twist to tighten. A saddle maker came up to me at the Sheridan, WY leather show and gave me this one based on his dad's old string tightener. He said to sell this first one and I could figure out how to make them off that. Here you go! if you need to tighten saddle strings I've got a handy tool for it.   

Collar Awls

Just a quick explanation on the collar awls. These have a sharp edge to cut a slit and an eye to pull a lace through. They were originally used to lace horse collars. Saddle makers use them to pull saddle strings for a restringing job or to pull the tag ends of lace to tuck them when they lace saddle jockeys or skirts together. They are also handy for pulling lace ends for stirrup treading too.