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  1. Hello, I was wondering if there are any other leathercraft stores other than; Tandy Lather Factory and Hobby Lobby.

    I am looking for stores with reasonably priced equipment and supplies.

    Any other stores any of you guys can think of?

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    terry and joanne
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    I do custom leather work primarily focusing on saddles. Recently I obtained 8 antique saddles in a deal. There was a Hess and Hopkins, Leddys, Jumbo, and JC Higgins with others very old but no makeres marks. I have just got some time on my hands and began tearing down the Leddy's to clean it up. I have seen 100's of saddles and the trees they're built on. Today was a first for me. Hopefully someone can spread some light on this one for me. Everything is normal about it except the tree bars. Where the stirrup slots generally are there is a semi circle cut into the bar with a place for a machine screw to be screwed in. Instead of the stirrups having straps they are cut off at the top of the sweats with a hole to place the screw through and connect it to the tree bar. This tree was built like this because the rawhide the covers the tree itself is fabricated for this function. Does anyone have any prior experience with a tree constructed like this. Also if anyone collects antique saddles let me know. Thanks in advance for any help.

    Terry

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    There is a saddle makers estate sale coming up in Yarnell Arizona the last weekend of this month. They have 2 old saddle maker draw down? Stands, metal structure, carpeted and heavy. Anyone know what they might be worth paying for?

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    I have a cobra class 4 and am needing to sew some leather to some lightweight aluminum. Has anybody attempted this? I have sewn thru a hardboard/leather combination but I'm reluctant to try the aluminum panel......a couple of the finished panels on hardboard can be seen at www.stitchnwizard.com

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    Just found this blog thing on LW thought I would try it out.

  2. eLw
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    Does anyone know how to get a listing on the directory page? Love this site, and would like to become more involved, but I haven't received a reply to my request for this in months. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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    missdaisy2006
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    Ok.. so a bronc halter has been my first attempt at leather working.. and i'm really suprised at how well it turned out for my first time.. still not completely done with it yet, but hopefully will have it done by this weekend. i will post pics as soon as its done.. i am gonna start on a pair of spur straps after i get this done.. and then hopefully start on some mounted shooting holsters :) look out world of leather!!! Here i come! :)

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    I, Cicada Leather Company, launched a Kickstarter campaign! I am raising funds to upgrade my tools and purchase supplies which are made in America. My tools are old crappy craft tools and the quality of my tools definitely shows in my work. I want to improve the quality of my products and to do so I need some help.

    I know we are all in the same boat, longing for tools that are out of our budget. But please help a girl out! Share this link in your facebook or twitter, or consider contributing to my cause. Thank you!

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/267599142/cicada-leather-co-artisan-leathergoods-made-in-ame

    -Mia at Cicada Leather Company

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    WE HAVE A RANDALL NBS BELT BEVELING MACHINE FOR SALE. IT IS BRAND NEW

    fullgripgear@yahoo.com

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    MirandaDee
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    I've always loved the smell of leather. Perhaps it has something to do with the leather jacket my father always wore when I was a child. But the scent evokes feelings of strength and caring.

    My first leather tooling project was a pair of hidden message cuffs, I have a few pics in my gallery.

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    I admit to being intimidated by the leather blank! My design ended up being very simple and just a test of the materials for me, a familiarizing process.

    Once completed, I had a list of things I had learned the hard way. (But that's how I like it.) • fingernails • layout • spellcheck •

    Despite the multiple mistakes and corrections, I deemed them acceptable in their initial purpose - a gift.

    I shipped them out May 7th and have not seen or heard of them since :(

    And those, my friends, are my tooling tears. (Certified mail all the way next time.)

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    I am looking for a roller guide for my Adler 104 flatbed sewing machine. If you have one, please contact me. I am also looking for a center pressure foot for same machine.

  3. HI ALL.

    TO ANYONE THATS INTERESTED WE HAVE 3 BRITISH UNITED PEARSON HARNESS MACHINES AVAILABLE 2 ARE SET UP ON ORIGINAL TREADLE STANDS AND THE 3RD IS ON OLD STYLE CAST IRON MOTORISED UNIT ALSO AVAILABLE LOTS SPARE PARTS NEEDLE BARS,SHUTTLES,BOBBINS, AND LOTS OF OTHERS PLUS PACKETS OF NEEDLES AND ONESPARE NO6 MACHINE CASTING IDEAL IF YOU HAVE A BROKEN MACHINE PLUS ONE ORIGINAL BOBBIN WINDER PICTURES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO SERIOUSE BUYERS FOR SALE AS ONE LOT OR MAY SPLIT LOOKING FOR OFFERS OF AROUND £7000 UK POUNDS $10,000 usd EMAIL ME ON maurysew@aol.com or tel +44 207 729 7328

    fax +44 207 729 7534

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    SandSquid
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    I KNOW the youth camp I'll be teaching at does not have any sort of proper pounding slab, because I saw kids pounding on picnic table tops in years past...

    Tandy currently has both 12"x12" quartz slabs and 12"x12" granite slabs on sale for $27.99

    Last night, while in that funny state between wake and sleep, I dreamed up a box-frame for it that could be filled with a few inches of sand or stone dust and then the slab set down into the frame.

    I still can't get the idea of filling the box with sakrete, flaot the creme up for a nice surface, and then glue down a commercial grade 12" square Vinyl Composition Tile to it....

    It's CHEAP, heavy, solid, and with the VCT tile for work surface, I don't need to worry about damaging the stone top, tools, or have chips flying into little eyes.

    Either way I fill the frame, sakrete or sand and slab, it has side handles let into the frame for carrying, and holes along the back side to hold the stamps and mallet. It's pretty cool looking in my minds-eye.

    Once I get to the maintenance shop I can start working on making a prototype and see if it really works.

    On my way to Tandy I'm going to hit up the memorial place on Broad Ave... the place you can see on the right, near the end of Sam Cooper Blvd. It's in one of the worst sections of town, an area called Binghampton (frequently misspelled "Binghamton"), made Nationally infamous between August and October of 2004 by 13 shootings of cars driving traveling on Sam Cooper Boulevard. I don't even drive through the area without my 1911 .45ACP cocked and locked.

    I'm really looking for _small_ pieces, 12"x12" x2" would be about perfect, but if they have a tombstone or two for a decent price ....

    OK back from the excursion. Stopped by the monument maker on the way to Tandy.

    At first they were like;

    "Sorry, we don't have anything good to give away."

    I said:

    "I'm sorry I think you misunderstood me, I have CASH, and my 501c3 and TN Tax Exempt Cert." and showed them all three.

    "And I want to BUY YOUR SCRAP. And you can write it off on your taxes for _full_retail_value."

    He disappeared into the office and the Business Manager came out and said:

    "You want to my scrap, for cash and I can write it off?"

    "Yes Ma'am!" and I handed her my $65.00 and 501c3 and TN Tax Exempt Cert.

    She said "come with me out back."

    We did some digging to find pieces that were good and flat on the back side

    Came up with 6 pieces all together.

    Three of them look like:

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    I have three more waiting for me to go back and pick up that are just like the bottom pink slab. I think she called the "pedestal bases"

    I think I'll like the pre-drilled holes because I can run a power cord up it. or use it to put a gooseneck lamp into, or a dowel in the bottom of my wooden stamp rack to keep it from walking away while pounding.

    I stopped by my friemd and Leather-Working Mentors house and gave him his pick of the litter and he chose one of the two nice rectangular squares and was very happy.

    I was very happy to be able provide him with something in return for his kindness, patience, and generosity and taking me under his wing and showing me the secrets of the Masters.

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    We are in the manufacture of custom made playing cards.and this requires unique leather packaging pouches as our clients get more demanding over the finish,quality and innovation.

    We are always looking for a unique idea or product that would compliment our highly finished playing cards.

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    Need to sell my Singer 31-15.....in minty condition!!

    Let her go ( head only ) for $ 150,-

    Hate to, but I jave no room and been not using it enough to keep!!

    Will send in a wooden crate....

    super condition and runs like a charm!!

    Anybody??

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    chipp
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    i am looking at a pfaff 545 sewing machine and was wondering if they are good machines i here they are but want to know for sure from somebody that has one.

  4. My Grandmother just passed away and I inherited a table my Grandfather built in which he had leather inserts. He did not carve the leather, but had burned images into the leather. The leather now has some water damage, etc. I am trying to find out how to clean it safely, then protect it.

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    Armor boy
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    hi i am a beginner at making armor, i am considering different techniques on how to harden leather to make armor. the first is take latino leather and sprits it with water to mold it, the other method is take vegetable tanned and immerse it in water take it out and put it in 180 degree water then mold it. I need some advice of which one or any other suggestions.

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    I have a small leather shop (partime) in South Texas and I'm in the market for a new sewing machine. I've been using a Ferdco Baby bull for about 12 years, there is nothing wrong with the machine or the stitch in fact it stitches really good. The only thing that I don't like is it's a pressure foot machine, hates to climb and leaves a heck of a line on the top from the pressure foot. I dont do very heavy stitching but probably will someday, the thinnest I sew would be my bifold wallets. They are 5/6 oz lined with 2/3 oz veg tanned at it's thinnest, the thickest would be my ranger belts which are 8/9 oz lined with 2/3 oz and my billets are cut from 10/11 oz. If anyone does about the same work I do and has a Cobra Class 4 or any other machine please share your thoughts. Thanks

  5. blogentry-1077-086940300 1326566591_thumProduct: Legendary Sporran

    Art #: LCP-570 US$ 25.75

    Description:- Fox Fur Leather front..Genuine Red Fox Skin..Original..Celtic Cantle..Chain with tassels metal bobbles..including chain belt straps .

    Colors: Red Fox, Gray Fox

    Size: Regular Large

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    I am looking for any help with making and manufacturing gun holsters, rifle slings and quivers. I have dove myself head first into running a small home-based business manufacturing and designing hand made gun holsters, slings and quivers. I was a ten year 4-H member and have quite an extensive background in leather crafting, however this is something I have never tried before. I am having a difficult time finding patterns and even the start up materials. I do not have a ton of money to work with so even if anyone has any suggestions as to where I could find second hand tools for leather crafting that would be of great help. I have found most of my information from just google.com or bing.com I could use any help that could be provided. Thank you all for any use you will be to me and furthering my small business.

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    I have an old purse project that I purchased in ther early to mid 90s when I was in 4-H.

    I like to assemble the project parts together for the bag and tooling leather parts, but I have misplaced the instructions.

    I am hoping that someone out there may recongize that tooling leather parts and be happy to photocopy the instructions and send them to me.

    Whatever arrangements that can be made will be done.

    I am hoping to get this project done for my neice's birthday.

    I have enclosed a picture of the leather parts.

    thank you.

    Tom

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    I'm working as sales manager in the CJ Leather Industrial Ltd. The main products is cases, bags and handcrfted, and I'm so Happy to create the eBay store, also hoping to get a profit for our factory.

    Please visit my store at http://www.ebay.com/sch/cjleather2011/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686 .If Any suggestion, will be much appreciated.

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    blogentry-27405-066237500 1324429958_thublogentry-27405-028235400 1324429850_thublogentry-27405-081668600 1324429858_thuwww.theprestigeshop.com

    I am Colombian, My name is Maria... I have been really close to the Leather Industry since I was 4. ( I am know 29 ). My parents own a Leather Goods Company in Colombia, so I decided to bring some of their products here to the states. I work doing some keychains, its my hobby while I work as a spanish teacher.

    Please let me know what do you think since I am pretty new on this business here in the states ??

    Thanks,

    Maria

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