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  1. Blanchard head knife.

    I have a Blanchard knife exactly the same as the one pictured. Its original owner was a saddler from NSW Australia whose name was Charles Arnold. His father was renowned Sydney saddler Frank Arnold, maker of 'Bosca Saddles'. This was in the early 1900s. The saddlery was in Sydney near Randwick racecourse and Charles and his brother[also a saddler] travelled around to cattle and sheep stations repairing saddlery . I would estimate the knife would have been purchased new in the 1920s. It has been well cared for, with a nice ''ring'' to it, and it keeps a good edge.
  2. How Should I Sharpen An Oblong Punch

    To ensure a better result with drive punches and my rotary punch, I have a cake of beeswax that I use to lubricate the inner and outer surfaces of the punch. I just poke the punch into the beeswax and rotate it once or twice before punching. In theory and practice, this helps the punch through the leather. Note that punching into oily or waxy leather is always easier than dry leather. Hope this helps someone, Cheers Jim
  3. Hi Cogs, As a base for floating dyes for marbling, I use wallpaper paste mixed as per instructions for hanging wallpaper. It is ready to use straight away. The only science to know is that you should use oil or spirit based dyes, as they will float on the surface of the water based paste, just like the dreaded oil slicks on waterways or the sea. Water based dye will tend to mix with wallpaper paste. This is my experience here in Australia, so I don't know about wallpaper paste in USA. Marbling is a good way to use discolored or 'pink' veg tan, but best results come from clean fresh leather. Cheers Jim
  4. Last week I found the series by Pete Gorrell in the LCSJ. Issues are 1999 May,July, Nov, 2000 Jan,May ,July,Sept, 2001 Jan,May, July, Sept,2002, March, July, Nov, 2004Jan, 2007May. There was also a series by Dave Jones from July 1987 to Jan 1990.[not all issues] Hope this helps Jim
  5. Old Style Reins

    The knot you describe was shown in Make It With Leather many years ago was called Rein End Knot, but it is known here in Australia as a Kimberly Knot or a Gulf Knot , named after the regions in Northern Australia it has been used. Cheers Jim
  6. 1884 Saddlebag Pattern

    Patterns for U S Cavalry Saddlebags were featured in Leathercrafters and Saddlers Journal Vol 4 No 6 Nov/Dec 1994 by Karen Thompson Bullock, and Jan/Feb 2004 and Mar/Apr 2004 Vol 14 Nos 1&2 by Verlane Desgrange. Cheers, Jim
  7. 1884 Saddlebag Pattern

    Hi Spindrift57 The patterns you are looking for were printed in the Leathercrafters and Saddlers Journal in an article by the late Verlane Desgrange. I will check which one tomorow and let you know . Cheers, Jim PS . A search on Verlane Desgrange on Leatherworker.net will give you some information
  8. Australian Leather

    Hi Newbie 29 Greenhalgh Tannery near Ballarat, Victoria do veg tan cowhide and also do roo skins. Check out www.gretannery.com.au Cheers Jim
  9. Introduction And Advice Needed

    Hi Kilanya, I suggest you start by obtaining "Beginning Leatherwork" by Ron Edwards, available from Greenhalgh Tannery (near Ballarat) www.gretannery.com.au . They also have a well stocked shop with tools, hardware etc. Another excellent book is "Leatherworking Handbook" by Valerie Michael, try ebay. Lefflers in West Melbourne are well stocked suppliers also. www.leffler.com.au . The Dimensions in Leather Conference in Brisbane this coming July would be well worth checking out. www.dimensionsinleather.com . I have attended several times and it is a great opportunity to study under masters of the medium. You may find a local saddler at australiansaddlers.com Trust this is of some help and happy hunting, jasj
  10. Rosin for hand stitching

    Very interesting discussion about the use of resin. I had the good fortune to come by tools and gear from a distant relative who was a saddler in NSW Australia during the 1930s. Among the awls, punches etc was some single strand thread and a small 2 ounce tin labelled "SAYERS VENICE TURPENTINE". On the back of the tin it claims to be "A valuable home remedy for cuts sores ulcers, veterinary purposes etc" It is still over half full of a treacle consistency liquid, smelling a bit like turpentine. I wonder if anyone reading this knows if it was used in the saddlery trade,or was just for the uses on the label. Regarding the use of resin, I took a workshop with Stohlman Award winner Peter Main at the Dimensions In Leather Conference in the 1990s and he used resin on his threads. Have a great day wherever you are! Bye from Jim