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  • Birthday 10/15/1962

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  1. Awesome tutorial. Thanks for sharing.
  2. 50:50 isn't much of a dilution when it comes to Fiebings. I have mixed no less than 4:1 and as much as 12:1 with Fiebings oil dye.
  3. Nstar, are these still available?
  4. They are great! I love your work. Keep em coming.
  5. After the stain dries overnight, I seal it with 2 coats of Resolene and let it dry overnight before I paint with acrylics.
  6. Thanks. Makes sense.
  7. Do you tool with the uplift beveler before you bevel around the whole leaf/flower, or do you hit your uplift tool after the whole leaf is beveled? Thanks, John
  8. Well done. Thanks for sharing
  9. Leb, When I was getting my setup started, I went to 2 places to get some granite/marble: The first was a custom kitchen countertop shop. I asked to buy the section where they cut out the opening for the sink. He gave me a beautiful 1 inch thick piece for free. I also went to a local grave stone maker and asked if he had any broken pieces. He had a smaller stone where he had made a mistake and he gave it to me at no cost as well. It is 4 inches thick and I use it when I need to punch holes in leather. Once I got a little better at tooling I made both of them a checkbook cover, and by coincidence had a deer's head carved into it! They were both thrilled. John
  10. Looks like a good start. Everything that you say your are doing all makes sense to me. I have one of Paul's lessons on carving a Kestrel. I learned a lot from it. I almost always go over my beveling more than once to remove any tooling marks and lines. I suggest to use as wide of a beveler as you can and to use the smaller ones for tight areas and curves. In Paul's Kestrel lesson he explains how to modify some of the tools for the lesson. My first question is, what are you using as a base to do your carving and tooling? Make sure it is solid and use a piece of smooth marble or granite. The fact that you found this website tells me you are on the right track. I have learned most everything that I know from this excellent site. I spent a long time lurking/learning before I started into leatherwork. I'm still lurking and learning. John
  11. I got my kids Moccasin kits from Tandy for Christmas when they were younger. They had fun putting them together and they wore them like slippers in the winter months.