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  1. Check for posts by Big Sioux -- thought I heard talk of using harness leather?
  2. Good to see yer feelin better, Ron
  3. Trouble is, people have lost the ability to have a conversation. Most people these days are raised by tv and internet -- and quite simply act and react according to what they see there. Case in point here - what actually happened: Trenton said "i'm gonna show off a holster I made" , made with a pattern from Jeff. Jeff said, "not my design, but the holster looks good". Trenton not offended, Jeff not offended, maker and customer both happy, ... the end. The rest of the posts are just 'the internet' pooling up around your ankles... where aguycould wade around in it, I guess - but maybe better plan to step out and back to something profitable. Now, example of people misconstruing simple speech, how many automatically thought that by "profitable" I necessarily meant 'money'? Maybe not the news guy with the agenda?
  4. Lame. Just lame. Just a lousy 96,348 free holster pattern downloads. Pathetic ... Oh, wait -- that's just the free ones, so it's all good.
  5. Employees? Uh, no. I'm talking about in the U.S... may vary elsewhere. THE ONE thing to consider here.. insurance. #2 is more insurance. If you have employees, then you're going to have federal laws requiring you to have payroll and withholding - so, getting some help may in fact require getting more help. And your insurance will need to cover them in the event of accident, injury, disability. And keep in mind that any injury / accident / etc need not be legitimate... just an accusation and thousands of dollars are tied up in legal fees. Seriously, I've seen people who hurt themselves moving furniture on the weekend, but waited until Monday to go to the doctor so they could say "it happened at work". If you have "help" in the form of independent contractors, or even just the gal up the street who happened to not be busy between 9:00 - 3:00 while the kids are in school.... you'll still need to provide insurance for the time she's in your property. Payroll is somewhat simplified, though. Couple kids up the street who want to make a little cash for sweeping floors, taking out trash, and mowing the grass? Now you have child labor laws to consider ... This could go on virtually forever, but I'll just say that I do not employ anyone, nor do I intend to. Been my experience that the "good" workers are already good workers -- meaning they already have jobs. There are exceptions, but as a rule those "looking for work" have one or more reasons why they aren't already working. EDIT: If you want to "hire out" something, probably fine hiring web designer, accounting services, attorney(s), and others who need not be physically present ...
  6. Yep, some them youngsters doin' really nice work. Open mind, really -- some of us old (er) folks could take a lesson! Where is John, from Indiana? Aint seen / heard from that boy in a good while. He may even be old enough to have a beer in some states Kid did very nice tooling (like, in his teens already better than most!).
  7. The 17 is about 1/2" longer on both the muzzle and the grip. Or maybe it's 12 mm? Otherwise, same gun. Glock don't like to change out the tooling at the factory.. just make all the frames the same I've done most of my patterns more than one way. Mostly just cosmetic changes, but sometimes it's an actual "tweak". Or like this one where I used to make it in 8/9 oz, and somewhere along the line I decided I wanted it in 7/8 oz. Maybe I was making something else in 7/8 and didn't want to change out the tooling? Fortunate for the leather 'community', I am the only one who sometimes finds room for improvement -- the rest of you fellas ('n' gals) got it down pat Incidentally, I laid out this pattern and the watermark over it. The watermark takes more 'knowins' .. Sending 'stuff' Jon ...
  8. Thanks When I think avengers, I think of closing a car door... pull that rear slot and swing that pistol butt right on in .... !
  9. Still at it. Just killin' time today between replacing the kitchen ceiling lights, scrubbing the grill, mowing the lawn, and fielding emails ...
  10. And I wasn't upset about it (then or now). I was jus' pointing out that isn't my design. You know, like when the neighbor girl is 'with child', a guy might say -- it wasn't me The color looks great, and the maker and customer both happy, so -- no reason at all to apologize. I've never tried the gel stuff, though now I may have to.
  11. Nope, not my design, sir. I don't like sharp corners or belt slots so far from the rig Still, nice color, though, and that elephant-J looks good as well.
  12. If'n I got pantyhose and nipples on my table, prolly not usin' resolene (or even an airbrush) But yeah.. distilled water and resolene 50/50 ish in a mustard bottle. If it goobers up (which usually don't have time to happen, but it has once/twice) I just pitch it, mix a new batch, off I go ... A gravity feed brush might be a little more sensitive about this, honestly. With a syphon model (the VL) I just 'backblow' the boogers, flush with distilled water.. viola. But then, I have one brush that does nothing but spray finishes, so worst case it gets plugged and I have to ream it out (which has not happened, but I know it "could").
  13. Since I saw that place, people complaining about needing more pictures to show their stuff. A week or so ago, the number of pics you can upload was increased from 5 to 10 for each listing. Sure enough, people in the forums complaining that they don't have 10 pics , so now they "have to" go back and re-photo all their (sometimes hundreds of) listings so they don't look "like they don't care.." YIKES. And a watched pot really don't boil after all. I'm a couple short of 1000 orders over there - meaning I almost have enough money to have lunch tomorrow! Been in the 990's for a week, though.. like the whole thing just bogged down in deep sand ... ! Somebody will have a petition to "make 'em leave our shops alone", or someone will try to get "everyone" to "boycott", or "protest".... and they wonder why cutesy has no direct dial "support" line. Honestly, would YOU listen to that?!@#!
  14. I buy backs, for ALL the reasons Big Sioux mentions -- I agree with all of what she said. Since I don't much use them, then why pay for them? TOO many times, people have been surprised to find I don't order the belly (almost never) and can't believe i just cut it off when I have one. But tell 'em I'll order the side instead of the back (so I get the bellies) and they can have the belly at cost -- and suddenly it's quiet
  15. Yeah, gotta wonder what that 40-year old, 130 lb unarmed woman did to them. I'm guessing it will get worse.