Mike Wise

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About Mike Wise

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  • Birthday 02/14/1963

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  • Interests
    The outdoors generally, good craftsmanship, Fly fishing.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Mostly knife sheaths, rod tubes
  • Interested in learning about
    All sorts, I'm self taught and need all the help I can get.
  • How did you find leatherworker.net?
    Looking for leather dressing on Google
  1. Hand sewing tip for people with arthritis

    For what it's worth, I often use a sailmakers palm to help push the needles through tough or thick leather. For those who aren't familiar with this tool, it's worn on your hand and has a hard, textured plate to protect your hand when pushing the needle, almost like a flattened thimble. Once you get used to it, it's quite comfortable. All the best, Mike
  2. Jack, dikman and plinkercases, thank you for your kind comments. I was pleased with the effect of the tooling, and possibly more so since I made the stamp myself, not having been able to find one in my neck of the woods. All the best, Mike
  3. Thanks Gary, yes, the sheath is made of three layers of leather, the inner one having a blade shaped cutout forming the welt. All the best, Mike
  4. Thank you B M, appreciate the comments. I used a slot punch, but had to shift it a couple of times to get the length. The knife is from Dennis Kappetijn in Tshwane, South Africa. www.kappetijnknives.com is his website. Cheers, Mike.
  5. Good morning all. I don't often post, but thought I'd share this latest project. I recently purchased a knife that came with a rather 'commercial' looking sheath, and to my eye didn't compliment the blade. Deciding to make a new one, I made a few mistakes, or bad choices anyway, but am fairly happy with the result. My stitching needs work, I should have used a heavier leather, and I battled with burnishing the belt slots. One of my stitching lines is not where I originally planned it. Natural veg tan leather, finished with a combination of Carnauba wax, beeswax, neatsfoot oil and turpentine. I'll put up a few pictures, from a cellphone I'm afraid, and look forward to any comments and criticisms. Thanks for having a look, All the best, Mike
  6. Fly reel case

    Just a little tip, for mitre joins, and especially on straight cuts, a picture frame mat cutter is very useful. It helps to keep your 45 degree angle constant. I hope this helps. All the best, Mike.
  7. What country are you from?

    Sunny South Africa.
  8. Hi there, I'm a hobby leatherworker with a lot to learn, but love the material.I live in Weltevreden Park, Gauteng, South Africa.I've found Leatherworker.net to be very interesting and informative. Thanks all.