WizcraftsMember Since 14 Jul 2009
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I go by the handle "Wiz" and all of my businesses are named Wizcrafts. I got interested in leathercraft towards the end of 1983, while on the road as a musician (I am still a professional musician, playing pedal steel guitar, my first love, in a Country Music band). I spent the next year buying books and equipment and learning to tool and sew. By 1985 I have turned the hobby into a business and was earning good money doing custom hand carved and sewn projects. In 1986 I purchased a Union Lockstitch machine which enabled me to do very heavy sewing. This launched me into the wholesale and retail leather belt, holster and gunbelt business. For the next 9 years I made custom gun holsters for numerous individuals, gun shops and for the movie Romeo and Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
I continued in the leather business until 1996, when business went downhill and computers were moving up. I became a computer troubleshooter from 1996 through present. I sold off the bulk of my tools and all of my sewing machines by 2004, thinking I was done working with leather.
But, once bitten by the leather bug it is hard to stay away. In January of 2009 I was asked to make a hand carved guitar strap by a member of my band and since then I have gone nuts, buying tools, leather, a National walking foot machine (now sold), a long body Singer 139w109 walking foot machine, a Singer 31-15 straight stitch machine, a long arm Singer 29K172 patcher, a Singer 29k71 short arm patcher, a Union Lockstitch Machine (now sold) and a Cowboy CB4500 heavy leather stitcher.
I am now doing minor alterations to cloth and leather goods, as well as making belts, holsters, tool pouches, wallets, and contract sewing for others. A good portion of my business is sewing patches onto leather biker's vests and jackets and replacing zippers.
I look forward to learning a lot from the many professionals who frequent this forum. I am happy to share my experiences and opinions about industrial sewing machines with others just getting started in this field.
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In addition to leather work I have been professionally engaged in computer troubleshooting and malware removal and website design, development and security. Since 2005 I have been compiling and updating several regional IPv4 IP blocklists, used to deny website access to people or bots emanating from certain undesirable areas of the World. Most notably, I publish a Nigerian Blocklist, which keeps scammers from Africa from harassing and scamming sellers of goods on buy-sell forums. My other regional blocklists include Asia, South America and the former USSR and Turkey.
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Flint, Michigan USA
Leathercraft, contract sewing, Country-Western music, computer consulting and PC and website security and freelance Webmaster for hire.
Belts, custom holsters, knife sheaths, guitar straps, rifle slings, custom vests, pouches/cases, wallets/purses, weight lifting belts, contract sewing
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