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    Between Seattle and Tacoma
  • Interests
    Boots, shoes and bags. Traditional archery and fletching.

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    Still learning
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    All of it.

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  1. Taking care of your hands

    I tried that, but I couldn't get the skin to toughen up, it kept splitting open all the way down to muscle on me right hand. So I made finger covers. I made four leather finger covers out of soft leather that was about 8~9 oz. Think fingers cut off of a glove, with the tips cut off. I made them tight enough to stay on, but not so tight I couldn't bend my fingers. Basically they are a wrap. Wrapped the leather around the finger I wanted to protect and used binder clamps to snug the leather. Once I figured out how tight I wanted them, I sewed a simple seam down the length. I'd show you picture, but I don't have a camera at the moment.
  2. Suggest a first project for a beginner

    A stitching pony is a great thing to have. Really cuts down on frustration while stitching. But if you decide you want/need a stitching horse check out pages 98-104 https://ia802605.us.archive.org/32/items/farmwoodwork00roeh/farmwoodwork00roeh.pdf
  3. watch without a strap?

    Ebay is good for finding likely candidates for new straps
  4. watch without a strap?

    That's what I did. I used the old strap as a guide to design the new one.
  5. Zayne, last are complex things. One of the things that they are not is a copy of your feet. And a shoes made on a bad last can mess up your feet. Walrus Shoes carries a last making book and DVD. I'd suggest getting both. And if you want to chat about it, Larry, the owner or Walrus Shoe, is a very knowledgeable and helpful guy. http://www.walrusshoe.com/books_pages/lasts.htm I realize you aren't interested in carving a pair of last, but the book will help you refine whatever you chose to use with proper measurements.
  6. How to work around shoe last heel

    Slippers as in house slippers or are you talking about a slip-on shoe? House slippers tend to be a softer construction that doesn't require a last per se. Do you have a picture of what you are trying to do?
  7. Suggest a first project for a beginner

    If you are still stalled for ideas, there is always Pinterest.
  8. Don't be a one trick pony.

    If you are willing to go a bit farther there is https://www.chicagoschoolofshoemaking.com/ If you are up for a trip to the other coast, Jason Horvatter is in Portland. He teaches unlasted style of shoemaking. Jason made a video for making Scandinavian turnshoes. I have taken several classes with Jason and have the video. It's like being in class with him. And they are finishing up on the video for the internal stitch down work boot. It should be done in a month or so, hopefully sooner. http://laughingcrowe.com/
  9. The God of Wine

    Your work never ceases to amaze and astound me.
  10. Suggest a first project for a beginner

    We also have McPherson's in Seattle and Oregon Leather in Portland. If you are in the neighborhood, worth stopping in for a browse. Oregon Leather had some really nice pieces of "scrap" leather when I was down there last year. Check their hours first. I know McPherson's has short hours on Saturdays. I'd suggest you make a belt. It will give you experience cutting, skiving, punching holes and dealing with edges. You can buy a strap and go from there. If you want something smaller, key ring. Same skills needed there with the option to get creative design wise.
  11. Hello from Eastern Europe :)

    Your work looks great. If I didn't know better, I'd would have thought that you have been doing leather work for several years already. Your photos display your work very nicely. By the way, your English is fine. No need to apologize.
  12. holiday gift ideas

    I can guaren-damn-tee you that she would love to see them.
  13. holiday gift ideas

    Tape a piece of paper that is about as long as you want your wrap to be. Wrap it around the mug, overlapping the taped edge. Find something that you can put a pen/pencil on that is as high/low as you want it. Stack whatever you are using on the table, hold the pen in place and turn the mug on the table so you get a nice clean line for the top and repeat for the bottom. Then, if it won't scratch your mug, draw a vertical line on the paper between the two pieces of tape at the overlap and cut it off with a knife. Once its off, you just have to cut the arcs on the top and the bottom. Then you can start designing how you want it to close.
  14. holiday gift ideas

    I had the pleasure of meeting Jenny, her husband and their daughter when they stopped into Seattle Mystery Bookshop. She is just a wonderfully genuine person. Front pocket wallet, valet tray, nice keyrings or coffee cup sleeves or carriers. Check out Fischer Workshops on YouTube.
  15. "vegan" leather suitable for straps?

    Be careful when you are outside. Tick bites can cause a "meat allergy". https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/06/tick-bite-meat-allergy-spreading-spd/