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    historical reproductions
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  1. What's the Best Glue in 2017?

    cowboycolonel Barge developed the TF formula specifically due to your state's health and safety regs. You should be able to get it in quarts, gallons and five gallon buckets from your shoe findings wholesaler. It doesn't have the silica gel thickener but its a lot easier on the lungs. BTW, all five gallon buckets of chemicals have to have a "Do not allow babies near this" thing on them because of California regs. Can you imagine letting a toddler near an open bucket of glue? ;-)
  2. What's the Best Glue in 2017?

    justpaul - Renia is a popular brand of glue in Europe. Many repair shops in North America like it once they've tried it. Pricey like Barge AP but better on a wide variety of soling material.
  3. Any sole leather spongy enough to wick moisture would: - wear out quickly - wick water from puddles to your feet. I suspect you have confused the wicking ability of full leather uppers with that of sole leather. Glue and stitching, or glue and wood pegs/ iron clinch nails are traditional methods for attaching modern out soles.
  4. Need White Dyed 6-7 Oz Buffed Leather, Any Sources?

    This company has a good reputation. Whether they will sell whole sides or only cut belts, I don't know.
  5. Sealing Pro Oil Dye

    1 Did you mean let it "dry" for three days? 2 Bag Kote doesn't seal very well unless you use multiple coats. It is more helpful as a glossing finish. I suggest you wash the bag thoroughly with saddle soap or EZ Cleaner. Once its dry, hit it again with the Bag Kote if that's your usual finish. I use Pro Oil dye almost exclusively, in all the primary colours as well as various browns and black. The only time I get rub off is when I get carried away applying dye. Good luck!
  6. Very fine work! My compliments.
  7. Joseph Dixon Creasers

    Booth and Co. in the Boston Area seems to be a dealer of Dixon Tools.
  8. Singer 29K Sewing Machine With Stand

    It looks like a 29K4, right? Be happy its running well because many of the parts, especially the drive rail are entirely unavailable. It would cost $250 to have a new one machined if yours breaks. Unlike the 29K50 + series, most of the generally available drive parts are not interchangeable. The 29K4 was very popular in its day and its quite remarkable yours still runs. Its really old. That said, $450 isn't a bad price. Pack the head up really well if you ship it. Good luck with that!
  9. Learning How To Make Brogans

    There is plenty of info out there once you start searching 1812 sutler offerings. The term brogan is more commonly used for American Civil War re-enactment boots. That may be why you are having trouble. A solidly constructed shoe, usually buckled is appropriate for British and Canadian troops. Some low ankle boots were also made and issued in Canada. Finding patterns... well good luck. Unless you have the tools to make lasted footwear or want to learn to do that, you can buy well built shoes cheaper than the tools to make them. If you are that dedicated though, I strongly recommend a trip to the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.
  10. Canvas Burnishing Wheel

    I think we had a box of those around in the 1990's. I haven't seen them since we moved the shop. Do you know what size your wheel is? They had numbers like 6,7 or 8 on them as I recall. If I can find them in the warehouse, you can have whatever is on hand for a couple bucks each plus postage. I recall they were really cheap cotton canvas. The stitching on them was worth more.
  11. A Source Of Feibing Edge Dye Wanted!

    What is "quite a lot?" A few gallons a year? A few pails a year? Its an alcohol based dye so international shipping would be frightening for a small quantity. It would have to go sea freight.
  12. What Kind Of Leather Is This?

    Looks like a Morocco print. Could come from anywhere that supplies luggage and bag leathers.
  13. Need Direction Finding Metal Adornments For Projects

    Ohio Travel Bag has a number of decorative metal findings in their catalogue. I don't know that they will work out cheaper than Tandy but you can look. Most metal findings producers want massive orders and have very long wait times unless the product was recently run for someone else. Luggage manufacturers can handle that kind of volume but even busy professional craftsfolks frequently can't justify 50K pcs of a given finding, in each finish.
  14. Buff Leather Supply

    Clayton's in England is about the only source for true buff. Their distribution chain of whatever volume they produce in an annual or semi-annual run goes something like this: First pick of the batch : British Ministry of Defense for military uniform and parade equipment Second pick of the leavings: British Heritage departments around the country, for obvious reasons Third pick at the leavings: a couple of British leather wholesalers Fourth pick: overseas agents for Clayton - one of whom is in the Boston area That particular distributor has been unable to get good quality buff for a couple of years, according to a couple re-enactment vendors that supply North American equivalents to British Heritage. My shop in Toronto has been unable to get anything ordered from him since making contact in April of 2011. I think that he simply hasn't got anything worthy of the $20+ @sq foot he needs to get for it. But then, I have yet to receive the products I ordered so I can't comment on the quality of the buff he has on hand - only the comments of numerous people that have handled it. Sorry, that is probably not what you wanted to hear.
  15. Linen Thread 1 Pound Spools

    Is this thread still available? I would consider taking the lot.