Dangerous Beans

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  • Birthday 10/09/1965

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    Burton upon Trent
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    Photography, Leather, flicking peanuts at old ladies and poking badgers with spoons.

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    The unusual.
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  1. LaceMaster

    I am still interested if you still have this. Not heard anything from you yet though. Nige
  2. LaceMaster

    PM Sent in relation to this. Nigel
  3. Secrets from the Workshop

    Not an issue Mike, I see your point, I shall keep the videos clean of gimmicks, I have no intention to change the style, perhaps learn to use the camera and mic a little better. You make mention of liking the free-wheeled videos of Bob Ross, well if you think my videos are structured, I must be doing something right... it's all smoke and mirrors. See you in two years. Nige
  4. Secrets from the Workshop

    A bunch more videos have been added since I last posted on here, there is now over 40 skill based videos on the list. The most recent covering turned and piped seams. Hope it helps. Nige
  5. Do you consider yourself an artist?

    Right... I am jumping on the Mike is/is not an artist bandwagon. I have some little credibility in the leather world... some... he is an artist, a wonderful one, I am bigger than he is so that rule stands. I am now going to take umbrage on being referred to as a 'performer' I am a maker, a little tongue in cheek but this comes up in conversation quite frequently with students. I would define (within the realms of leatherwork) an artist as someone who creates something of artistic value and as so eloquently mentioned, evokes emotion by the viewer. In the medium of leather, people like Michael Dale, Peter Main, Britt Nantz, Al Stohlman and many more too numerous to mention are: artists. As for I, the performer, I do not create anything of artistic value, my work is functional, strong, yet aesthetically pleasing. It looks nice, but you would not hang any of my items on a wall or put them on display, by that rational, I am not an artist, an artisan perhaps. There is a quote, "art is art if someone calls it art" by that measure, anything can be called art, and often has, a cow in vat of formaldehyde was seen as art, that, I do not get, to me, art is the application of talent and skill to create something wondrous. Mike, that ticks that box and you have no foundation to argue the point. To now take ownership of this tirade and answer the original question, I am not an artist, I am not a performer, I am a maker, I make stuff, I am proud to be a maker. if someone wants to call my items art, that is their right to do so and I will defend their right to do so, but I think they are wrong. Art is a subjective subject, quality is not, just because something is bespoke, well made using traditional skills, does the job and is aesthetically pleasing does not alone make it art. If you then adorn that item using your talent and skill you add artistic value. Just my subjective opinion. Still not a performer :-) Nige
  6. Saddle Stitching - Looks Good on the Backside

    Drop me an email, Just to cover the obvious, you are putting the piece in the clam, face side to the left. are you left handed? What irons are you using? and which hand is your priority? which needle first. Also, are you stitching towards you. Getting the back to look good is not that hard. He has to do with the thickness of leather, the thread size and if there is enough space for the thread to even out. I am not pushing you towards my vimeo channel, I am happy to help if you drop me an email but all of this is covered in detail on the channel. There is a science to stitching as you are in essences trying to get two object to occupy the same space at the same time. That is not possible and for many years the industry has ignored the back, that does not need to be so. Understanding leather weight, thread size, stitching style, casting and double pricking will all help. The short version, it is not simple and takes practice. To add to BM's comment on tension, your tension should be sufficient so you see the thread sink to the level of the surface of the leather. If you are using a static clam as you see me do in many of my videos, you are looking down on the edge of the item you are stitching, as you apply tension, you should see both threads sink in., as soon as it disappears from view, stop. That is your tension, softer leather will require less, firmer leather, more, but if you aim for this, you will achieve the same results without creating loose stitches or deadmen and will not need to learn tension poundage for each type of leather. I am on here infrequently, if it is going wrong for you or you simply do not get it, drop me an email. nigel@armitageleather.com I'm happy to help. Nige
  7. Secrets from the Workshop

    The traditional saddle stitch left handed has been posted to the site. This along with five other videos should keep you going for a few hours. Nige
  8. Good-Looking Miter Joints?

    See if this help you out a little.
  9. I have been asked many times to produce a DVD of the skills I use and teach here in the workshop. It is a very good idea, but given the audience I reach is global, the shipping will often cost more than the DVD. Also, it would mean multiple DVD's to get all the skills in. So... I settled on an online tutorial channel on Vimeo, in the long run you will get far more from it. It is still at the early stages but videos are being added frequently, at a rate of 4 a month. The cost is £2:99 a month irrelevant of the quantity of videos on the channel, whether it be 25 or 250, it will always be £2:99. I have a current working list of videos to make of 124, this grows as people ask for specific techniques to be shown. The idea is to look at each technique as a standalone practice piece to be brought together when attempting a project. Up until now, I have shown you how to work through a project whilst not paying enough attention to the specific skills used. This should help with that. Enjoy Nigel Armitage
  10. Pencil... it was a pencil.