Bob Blea

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About Bob Blea

  • Rank Regular
  • Birthday 06/21/1967

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  • Location
    Fort Collins, CO
  • Interests
    Leatherworking, cooking, my kids.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Floral Carving and notebooks.
  • Interested in learning about
    Case making, wallets and saddle making
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    web surfing

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  1. Jill of All Trades - Greetings from 78666

    Welcome, nice work! Look forward to seeing more.
  2. Sunflower Notebook

    Not too much more work Jeff. It's one of the bigger geometric stamps I have and the work goes really quick. I don't have to be super precise like with a basket weave stamp either. Thank you very much Chris.
  3. Sunflower Notebook

    Thanks all for the kind words. To answer the questions by @LederRudi and @garypl I start stamping at the bottom and work my way up. I do a row of the shell stamps across the bottom and them stamp a row above it working my way to the top. I keep a ruler handy so I can check the rows periodically to make sure they are staying even. Also, the shell stamp and the filler inside it (it's actually two stamps used together) come from Barry King. The leather was 6 oz. leather from American Leather Direct. I've really liked the side I bought from them and will buy from them again.
  4. Sunflower Notebook

    This was a project I made earlier this year. I was contacted by a woman that wanted a 5x8 notebook with a floral carving that matched the sunflower designs on her saddle. After she sent me some pictures this is what I came up with and she loved it. She chose the shell design for the back because she thought that just looked cool.
  5. My new belt

    Very nice looking belt. Making a oak leaf belt is on my list of things to do someday. Yours looks great.
  6. Stamp makers

    I recommend Grey Ghost Graphics. Jeff Mosby is very responsive and good to work with. His stamps are laser cut Delrin and he can get terrific detail on even small stamps. They hold up to use well (I have two different sizes and they are both several years old) but you can't heat them for use on chrome tan leathers. But that is the only drawback about them.
  7. Attention! Congratulations Caitlin

    Congratulations Caitlin! That looks like an awesome set of Chaps!
  8. Money Clip Wallet

    Thanks Jeff!
  9. European Leather Show ELWATS

    Wish I could make that one. You need to come back over here to Sheridan and teach that.
  10. Modifying my shoes?

    Just a suggestion, but you could attach a piece of leather as an overlay over the section of the show where you removed the stitching and install the eyelets for the laces in that piece. It would hide the stitching holes from the removed pieces.
  11. Lizard and Goat card wallet

    Looks very nice.
  12. Money Clip Wallet

    Thanks all!
  13. Money Clip Wallet

    Thank you on the wallet. The Awl is made by Leather Wranglers and it's called the Awl of Spades. It comes with an awl blade made from the same material as their swivel knife and it goes through leather like butter. Feels really comfortable in the hand too.
  14. Money Clip Wallet

    Thank you very much!
  15. Money Clip Wallet

    This was a fun little wallet to make. My customer requested this specific geometric design and I had to make a tool to work with a stamp I already had to make the design work. He also wanted more credit card capacity in it so I came up with a pocket design that gave him multiple slots on each side. In the end I really liked how the outside design looked and I think it worked out pretty well.