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  1. Custom armguard for injury.

    As always: stunning work!
  2. Gator Journal cover

    Thank you for the info, Pirate305!
  3. Old West Double loop holster

    Thank you for answering, RegisD and Plinkercases. As for toe plugs … I just picked up Stohlman’s book for a closer look at his suggestions and I believe to have found the key: the distance of the stitching channels from the edge – 1/4 resp. 3/16 of an inch. This also tells me why I’ve botched an otherwise nice camera bag box stitching…
  4. A few projects the last couple of months

    Very nice items! Clever fastening method!
  5. Old West Double loop holster

    Very nice looking rig! Which of Ghormley's pattern packs is it? Good idea to seek the assistance of a holy man when it comes to sewing in a toe plug! I looked up "Brother Lawrence" (who was unknown to me till now) and learned that this pious man worked with leather in his later years.
  6. Gator Journal cover

    Very nice cover! I like the idea of lining leather with canvas. Only I would have worried that the contact cement leaks through the fabric. But obviously this isn't the case!
  7. Quiver

    Thank you for your kind comments, Gentlemen! So stitching and Chicago screws it is! While sleep was deserting me I had ample opportunity to ponder all possibilities and was awarded an epiphany: “Put the ends of the two straps that you plan to attach on the right, between front and back and fasten them with Chicago screws” – said a reverberating voice – “and start the stitching only some centimeters below the lower screw, in order to give the straps room for movement (and spare thyself some stitching)!” I’ve seen a similarly constructed Turkish quiver in the Imperial Armory here in Vienna. I’m using an old version of the Corel suite. With Corel PHOTO-PAINT I reduce the opacity of the scan of a single tool impression. I import the (now transparent) picture into a blank page of CorelDraw and double it. I now align both pictures. The high resolution allows precise maneuvering in the range of single pixels. Then I double the pair and keep doubling the outcome of each step until the first line is filled. Next I put a copy of the first line below and move it to the side by half the length of an imprint. Then I double the first pair of lines and keep doubling until the page is filled. I’ve made similar templates for my basket weave stamps and found them very useful for planning.
  8. Quiver

    Indulging my recently acquired obsession with computer generated templates I scanned the single impression of a camouflage tool in high resolution and filled a page with copies of the scan which I arranged in a scale pattern. I transferred this pattern to leather marking the points where the impressions have to connect with an awl. There is room for improvement, I know, but the scale template has stood the test. I’ve not yet decided how to proceed: Lacing or sewing? Attaching the straps on the backside with Chicago screws going through both thicknesses? Or feeding short straps that hold D-rings in between the thicknesses? Ain’t it nice and therapeutic to busy oneself with problems of this kind while plain folly rules the world? Comments welcome.
  9. Basketweave Belt, Oak Leaf Arm Guard

    Thanks for the compliment, Noobleather. I just measured my other Berry King basket stamp (both stamps that I own are size 3, I guess) and calculated its "ideal angle" which is 32,276°, that's ridiculous of course, so let's say: "a tiny bit more than 32°". Simple trial and error on scrap leather may yield the same result. I prefer to use a large angle meter that allows fine tuning. I hammered some impressions into a piece of scrap leather and (again) found the calculated angle to be just right.
  10. A lot of work (for me)

    Very nice work, very nice edges. Your description of the whole process made me chuckle. I guess you should add writing short stories to leatherwork.
  11. Rifle Sling!

    Now THAT'S perfect basketweave! Three rows of ribbons fading smoothly into two! Great idea to highlight the ribbons! Will try it out on my next belt. I also like the understated flawlessness of the first sling.
  12. Basketweave Belt, Oak Leaf Arm Guard

    Thank you all for your kind responses! I'm actually looking for a basketweave template that holds the stamp in place for each Impression .... in other words: a machine that does the precision work for me ... No such thing of course, so I had to content myself with an angled ruler. It helped. ... but I shouldn't have freehanded the border cuts ... Thanks for callilng my basketweave perfect, YinTx, but I've just looked at your latest rifle sling ... thanks anyway! Concluding I'd like to present you a page of flawless basketweave! On paper of course. I'll use it for planning the flow of basketweave around a medallion.
  13. I measured the enlarged scan of a single impression of my favorite Berry King basketweave stamp and found that it requires an angle of 31,2 °. Each kind of basket stamp has its own ideal angle, I guess. I also strung together copies of the scan and filled a page with "digital basketweave" (without the usual aberrations to be found in my real projects) which I use now for planning layouts. The calculated angle proved to be just right. Then I knocked up a template for belt stamping. IMHO the columns of canted impressions should be parallel to the symmetry axis of a project such as the folding line of a holster. Probably all old news, but for me a step further on the asymptote that nears perfection . Tired of the basketweave science I made an oak leaf arm guard. Comments, advice, critique and praise welcome.
  14. Ebook Cover - Laser cut, dyed with vinegaroon

    Great looking ebook cover! Awakened my interest in such a laser-machine. But ist price made me hyperventilating!
  15. Beautiful! Looks like a time-honored piece out of "Packing Iron"!