terrymac

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About terrymac

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  • Birthday 03/21/1946

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  • Gender
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  • Location
    Corrales, New Mexico

LW Info

  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Floral carving
  • Interested in learning about
    Sheridan style
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    surfing the web
  1. More practice. Belt blank

    Barry King sells a packet of belt patterns done by Bill Gardner, one of the godfathers of the Sheridan style carving. Well worth the money. They were are tooled by Clinton Fay, and include a complete list of the Barry King tools used. Good luck Terry
  2. More practice. Belt blank

    Great improvement!! Small suggestion is to continue veiner work around complete scroll. Do this prior to beveling and then when you bevel the border, most of it disappears, yet appears that these marks were part of the complete scroll. Keep it up Terry
  3. Tooling practice/critique

    Whole lot better. Next order of business is smoothing out your beveling. You don't want to see individual tool marks as around the top of your petals. Someone will tell you to use a modeling spoon to smooth, but that doesn't work when you use a checked beveler, as I do 90 percent of the time. Just keep practicing, and you will get it. The other area to work is uniform spacing of the veiner marks around the scroll. I cheat, I got some old prickng wheels and use those to mark individual tool marks placement. Hope this helps, Terry
  4. Tooling practice/critique

    Biggest problem I can see your swivel cuts are not deep enough to show any relief after beveling. Your cut depths should be at least thirty percent of the thickness of the leather, preferably more. Hope this helps, Terry
  5. Bruce, Have you tried this thing, and if you have, what is your impression? Would it work on a Heritage with a straight bevel? Thanks, Terry
  6. Sewing misshapen leather after stamping?

    Try some 3M bi-directional filament tape, and if you get it stuck well, you can tool some pretty thin leather with no stretching. Home Depot is handling it now, used to have to get from Amazon. I double it on the leather, and the stuff really sticks. Apply before you do any casing. This tape isn't cheap, but well worth the cost. Hope this help, Terry
  7. Bikermutte, throw that Neatsfoot oil in the trash and get yourself some Bee's Natural Saddle Oil. Won't darken your leather at all. I quit using that other stuff years ago. Didn't like what it did to my leather. Terry
  8. Awl or chisel?

    Not sure what you are calling a stitching Chinese. If you are referring to a stitching iron, you can punch numerous holes at once and they will be in a straight line and it is easier to maintain a straight vertical hole Keeping a straight line on the front is easy, the real skill comes is keeping that straight line on the backside. If you are referring to a pricking iron, then an awl is still needed to go all the way through the leather, the pricking iron gives you the hole placement. If you watch the good guys, they are using an awl and are stitching as each hole is punched, thus the reason for a stitching pony or horse. If you have punched the holes prior to stitching, the pony or horse holds the leather, leaving your two hands free to use the needles. It just makes the sewing a lot faster and efficient. I've tried just using my hands, and there is no way you can do it as fast without using a clamp of some kind. Watch the Nigel Armitage videos, you will learn a lot on correct saddle stitching and how to make the front and back of the stitch look the same. Terry
  9. Tooling Detail Guidance Needed

    Barry King would be my source. He makes his bevelers in some awfully small sizes which is what you need. They are also steeper angled which means you will not be affecting surrounding areas. Look at his round bevelers, I can see several areas, especially in the mane, where they would really work well. I would also look at making it a inverse figure, that is beveling to the inside of the figures. Would make dying a whole lot easier. Hope this helps, Terry
  10. Dying Edges

    Get hold of Bob Park (Hidepounder). He is handling some edge markers that you put your own dye, and he is also handling a product called Edge Magic that you treat the edges with before burnish. You can contact him at Hidepounder@gmail.com Hope this helps, Terry
  11. IMHO, finest knife on the market.
  12. Has anyone ever tried cutting a Poundo board?

    The poundo board will grab your knife or whatever you are cutting with. You want something slick so your knife will just glide over. Poundo boards are great for using punches on. Hope this helps, Terry
  13. Wickett & Craig Ocean Bridle Leather 3-4oz

    No problem. Thanks for getting back with me Terry
  14. Wickett & Craig Ocean Bridle Leather 3-4oz

    Interested in burgundy. Is it all 3-4 oz, and how do I get hold of you? Thanks, Terry
  15. Recommended Leather Suppliers (US)

    One additional source for Sedgewick in USA is Booth and Co located in Boston (I think) Top of the line and good service. Quite the leather. I had a scrap piece that I just threw out on a table outside and left for six weeks and left fully exposed to the summer elements and full sun. I then put a little of Booth's bridle leather conditioner on it, and was dang near like out of the box. I can't imagine what a different leather would have looked like. It isn't cheap but well worth the cost. Ken at Booth is a check of a nice guy and easy s y to work with. Terry