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  1. Hi Zuludog sounds a good idea but I would check about the glue some places can be funny about it not sure why could be fumes. It might be worth taking some small scraps to practice stitching or finishing on first.
  2. I agree with Matt after all we are the home of English bridle leather- it says it all in the name.
  3. Have you got a picture of what you want as different areas know things by different names.
  4. Saddle stitch is by far the strongest, a running stitch is OK if there will be no wear, personally I wouldn't use it on the base of a bag as it is one of the places it needs strength and if being made on a commercial level machine it but with 2 rows of stitching.
  5. It looks OK but I have a problem with the fit. The headstrap for the noseband should be under the cheekpiece and the same the other side as it will cause the bit to rub and if used correctly the front of the nose is sitting too low and will restrict the breathing. Once this is adjusted it will look much better and suits the horse. Sorry if this seems a little blunt but I have a real problem with badly fitted bridles (too often seen in the UK).
  6. The most interesting information I found when looking for leather vessels was the Reverend's Big Blog of Leather it will almost certainly give you some ideas of where else to look .
  7. Also consider a half head knife as it is smaller to handle but has the benefit of the curved blade I use mine more than my round knife.
  8. The way I was taught to do round boxes was to put the round base inside the cylinder and double the base by using 2 layers . Then when you angle the stitches from the outside to the base you are stitching through the base in a stronger way as you are going through more leather.
  9. No dogs allowed in my workshop for that very reason, we had a terrier that moved faster than me but also liked bringing in sticks or apples in for me to throw for her, more often then not I fell over those everytime I turned around so she was banished and so have all the more recent dogs. Plus it is safer as mice like the tallow on the bridle or harness leather and they get poisoned in my workshop.
  10. I agree with not stitching across the belt but I would also stop grooving over the bend in the leather at the buckle as it looks messy, you need to stop at a point fractionally past the last stitch and if wanted groove on the back but not over the bend, personally I never groove as the stitching is part of the decoration and if too sunk in it is a waste of time. In 15 years of saddlery and harness work I've not had a problem with worn stitches as when pulled up they are usually set well enough down.
  11. You would have to ask as I only got bright orange and lipstick pink as I needed a change from black and brown.
  12. There is some for sale on eBay UK but depending on the amount try Metropolitan as they will dye and finish any colour you want.
  13. My husband's grandfather had a close encounter with a Longhorn bull but lived to tell the tale as he was saved by the horns - the bull couldn't get him in the corner as his horns wedged before he got to him. Most of our problems were from the cows but we had a few laughs as well including losing a herd of cows in a field of maize in the dark, couldn't see them but could hear them munching.
  14. I was told Dixons was operating a while back but haven`t needed anything to know if they still are. There is another toolmaker in Walsall- G.G leatherwork tools- he trained at Dixons and I know he was working this summer as I know someone bought from him, I used to use him when I was at college near-by.
  15. We were taught to polish inside edge of edger was to pull thread along over the edge, this idea could work for the inside of the groover by threading the eye of the groover and pulling the thread through.