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About casaerwin

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  • Birthday 01/30/1935

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    Lima, Peru and Houston, Texas
  • Interests
    leathercraft, Italian language, Neapolitan language, Italian opera, Western swing.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Handbags, Billfolds, small cases
  • Interested in learning about
    teaching leathercraft
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    referred by another leathercrafter

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  1. What adhesive to use...

    I've been making lots of moccasins lately. I found out long ago that moccasins, as they are usually designed, with a soft leather sole, wear out in a very short period of time. So I have been putting a hard sole on the bottom of the moccasins I make. I make the sole out of the heaviest veg-tanned tooling leather I have on hand, preferably 8 oz. or thicker. But that creates another problem, because veg-tanned leather is very slippery. So I have been covering the leather sole with neoprene or similar. The leather sole is stitched to the bottom of the moccasin, but the neoprene is only cemented. When I was living in Peru, I used a contact cement that I bought down there and it worked pretty good. The moccasins I'm using now I made 7 years ago and the neoprene is just now beginning to separate. So my question is, what is the best adhesive to use to bond the veg-tanned leather with the neoprene?
  2. How To Install This Moneyclip

    They do come in nickel (plated). I just bought 5 nickel and 5 gold and I too am having trouble figuring out how to install them.
  3. Complete Tandy Ultimate Workshop Kit

    It's been so long you've probably already sold it, but I just wanted to comment that I felt the same way when I first got mine. However, it's now several years later and I find that except for are a couple of setters I've never had a need for, I have put all of these tools to use... plus quite a few more I've had to buy along the way. I paid less than $500 for mine when they had a special sale on it. It was either $399 or $349. P.S. I have to say, though, that there is no way I would ever pay the full price of $999 for it.
  4. Oakdale Cowboy Museum - Tools Of The Trade

    Thanks for posting this, Bruce. I'd sure like to see it in person, but that's not likely to happen.
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  6. Newbie In Virginia

    You're sure right about practice. That's the most important part of learning how to work with leather. BUT, there are some things you can familiarize yourself with while you don't have access to your tools. There are some yahoo groups that have pictorial lessons you can read and familiarize yourself with what each one of the tools is used for. You can read about different kinds and thicknesses of leather and how they measure leather thickness in ounces. You can even visit the Tandy Leather Factory website and watch a bunch of their videos on how to do it. That's what I did while I was waiting for my tools to be shipped to me from the US to Peru where I've been living since I retired.
  7. Hello From Peru

    I can't believe I've been on this forum for about two years now and haven't introduced myself. I began carving leather when I was a teenager just out of high school in Grand Prairie, Texas. I dabbled in it, not very seriously, for probably 15 years. I enjoyed it, but it was just a pastime and I had other things going on. Once I started my computer programming career and eventually my own consultancy, I just had no time for leather work so all my tools got stuck away in a closet somewhere and eventually lost. My wife is Peruvian and after I retired we moved to Peru and I began to think I'd like to take up my old hobby again. It was not an easy undertaking. There are leather artisans here in Peru and saddlemakers for the famous Peruvian Paso horses, but it is completely another world and the tools are very primitive. And there's only a handful of tools that they use. Eventually, I gave up looking for tools here in Peru and began to import what I needed from the US. With shipping and customs it turned out to be a very expensive project. But I eventually collected enough tools and equipment to put together a somewhat respectable workshop... but there are still times when I need something and just have to resign myself to the fact that I can't get it without waiting a long time for it. Like right now, I'm searching for a round knife or a head knife. I've been working at it for right around two years now, and I have made three times as many things as I made in the 15 years I worked at it before. And I'd venture to say that I'm better at it now than I ever was back then. And I believe that the main reason that is true is because of the internet and all the help I have gotten through it. I've also been able to look at the work of some very talented artists by means of the internet, and that has been as big a help, not to mention inspiration, as the hints I get from them. I'm 76 years old now, but I expect to be pounding leather until they plant me. Here are just a few of the things I've done lately:
  8. This is a handbag I made for my sister. Colors are spirit dyes finished with Eco-Flo Saddle Tan antique gel. I used 1/8" tan lace with double loop stitch in the places with just two thicknesses and triple-loop stitch in the places with four thicknesses.
  9. Wanted Lucris M A Series III Clicker

    Say, Henry, who should I contact about acquiring one of these clickers to be shipped to Peru?
  10. Dictionary

    How do you refer to different weights/thicknesses of leather in Spanish? In English, of course, we use ounces per square foot. I would have thought they would use grams per square meter, like paper, but when I found out that here in Peru leather is sold by the square foot (pie cuadrado), I began to doubt it. For instance, how would I say in Spanish "7-8 oz. tooling leather"?
  11. Dictionary

    I haven't finished it yet, but when I do, I can post it in pdf. It's going a lot slower than I thought it would. I would like to get your opinion of it. Even though you may find some of the language a bit different from the Spanish you are accustomed to. My wife is helping me, but she is not familiar with the terms. You say edge beveler is matacantos, but what about a beveler stamp. I think that would be biselador, no? I tend to forget about this board, so don't check it as often as I should. But you can contact me at
  12. Dictionary

    One term I forgot: How do you say "Leathercraft" in Spanish? I would guess "artesanía en cuero" ?
  13. Leathercrafting in Peru

    I wonder if there might be anyone else on this board who resides in Peru. I am having trouble finding where to buy things for leathercraft.
  14. Dictionary

    I'm not sure what gophering is, but embossing is working the leather from the back with a ball-point modeling tool, pushing and stretching the leather so that the figure on the front actually rises above the level of the original surface of the leather, giving a 3-D effect. The lesson I read on it, says the first step, making no swivel-knife cuts, after tracing an outline of the figure (the example was a horse's head) to use a beveler around the outline which is visible from the back and then from the back use the modeling tool, inside the area where the figure will be, to push and stretch the leather until the desired height is achieved. Then he made a sort of a paste from leather-shavings (he called it leather dust) and rubber cement and filled the hole on the back to prevent the leather from returning to its original shape. As you can tell, I've never actually done it myself.
  15. Dictionary

    I notice you specify European Spanish. I live in Peru, but as far as technical terms are concerned, I don't think there should be many, if any, differences. I'm trying to put together a course to teach to youngsters here in Peru, but many of the terms I'm not sure of how to translate. For instance: case, casing (wetting the leather) = humedecer, humectación tooling, carving = esculpir stamping tools = herramientas de estampa swivel knife = cuchillo giratorio beveler = biselador pear shader = ??? no tengo idea mule foot = pezuña de mula background tool = ??? camouflage = ??? veiner = ??? seeder = ??? leather punch = ojalador de cuero modeling = modelar burnish = bruñir (leather)lace, lacing = lazo (de cuero), enlazar If anyone can help me out with corrections and filling in the ones with ??? I would appreciate it. I'm sure I will find more as I get into the course.