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  • Birthday 01/09/1959

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    Minneapolis/St Paul Minnesota. USA
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    Bicycling, Backpacking, Sharpening, Woodcarving, Leather sheaths, Fishing, Hunting

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  1. GeneH

    Farting around with leather.

    Looks good! Is that a tapered welt?
  2. GeneH

    Black watch strap with red stitching

    Wow - having some places to cast, some not - I hadn't realized you had that much variation when stitching your wallets. That makes it even more impressive. Thanks for the details!
  3. Yeah, well done. Your attention to detail and precision is a lesson to us all.
  4. GeneH

    Black watch strap with red stitching

    Beautiful stitching - it's a fine piece to use as an example of how stitching can look. I'm really digging the red-on-black. Thanks for the details you posted yesterday, in particular the 4 concise bullets, hardware and reference to Meisi thread. I'll probably order some, particularly because it comes in smaller spools. Back to the bullet points: I have pictures of stitching where I did something similar - now I can use those 4 bullet points to go back and evaluate again what I did. When you mention,"... moderate angels...," and "...heavier angles...," are you referring to how you pull the thread, such as up-forward, down-back (or whichever direction it's supposed to go) to help set the thread slant?
  5. Thank you both for the compliment. Seriously could not have done this without the wonderful help on this site.
  6. GeneH

    Farting around with leather.

    Good to know the holes can close that well. The key for alignment that I need is the leather has to be laying flat, and I can look almost horizontally at the chisel so I can estimate a vertical at 90 deg from the table and leather. I can do this with the welt in place on one half, so I can punch most of the way through 2 - 8 oz thicknesses. I place a piece, same thickness as the welt, under the unsupported part so it is level, and even placed a weight to help. Everything has to be prepped so I can get a line on the backside to help. Then after folding and glueing the other side it goes into the stitching pony. That gives me a guide hole I can slide, very lightly, my diamond awl into. Any sensation of cutting until I know I’m far enough, or if I see the leather puckering out of alignment just before exit, I pull back a little and correct. It’s really slow but the results are worth it until I find a better way. I tried punching the back but that didn’t give good stitching on practice runs. Alignment with the front, even with registration holes aligned with needles was off.
  7. GeneH

    Farting around with leather.

    Hawgrinder your sheaths look really good. What drew me to chime in though was your comment, "trying to come up with a method that narrows the risk of trashing the piece if I land a the holes in the wrong spot." I looked closely at the stitched ones and they look really even. When I looked at the not-yet-stitched, very closely, I could see holes pretty large and out of alignment. Consider my experience has been 4 pieces stitched so far, but here is what I've learned from the good folks here. Oh-this will ring true for your as a hunter: aim small, miss small. (I don't know who to credit that saying to) Make the guide lines for your chisel very fine, and the chisel point should not be wider than than very fine line. You'll catch the tinesy mis-alignment right away. I'm stuck with a 2 prong diamond chisel, but if I pay attention, the alignment is really really good. I first just press marks with the chisel points for the whole length, then go back again and punch the initial holes in the first layer, and not using an existing hole to align my chisel. Make sense? I punch 2 holes at a time, using marks only, not a just-punched hole. That way I land exactly on that tiny mark. But I have to be very careful with each time I set the punch down. the finished holes actually work well to guide my diamond awl through the other layers (if I use a light hand) so the backside looks pretty good - not perfect, but acceptable as a backside.
  8. Thanks RockyA! I do have to say I’m pleased with the stitching by the snaps. I had to start at each side of the snap and work round towards the back to keep the symmetry. Good learning piece.
  9. Calling this one done, except for conditioner especially inside the belt loop. I am not pleased with any of the edge finishing. The mask came out nice, and I don't know why this piece didn't come out as clean. The hatchet hangs very nicely with its handle tilting slightly behind and inward out of the way. I'm satisfied with the stitching considering that's the second article stitched, and the number of times I pulled a few stitches back to start over. Mistakes and errors: The snaps are covering up permanent marker near the top, necessitating splitting the stitching into left and right as I did not want to go under a snap. Now I know how to stitch starting left handed and starting right handed and make both look the same. Win. The picture of the bottom shows misalignment of the strap, partially because it was punched with that end destined to be the top. That bottom was supposed to be the funneled top but I must have had wax on a burnisher because it would not take dye. The black dyed top was supposed to be the bottom because it wasn't as clean. I accidently rounded and slanted the loop between the belt strap so that looks funky.
  10. Nope, no clicker press. I used my wood carving knives because of budget restrictions, but that was *H* on the thin blades. No production goals, these hobby one-offs. However, the whole process should go smoothly without so much time just putzing and struggling to make the pieces fit and look right.
  11. GeneH


    If I may, I'll jump back to my hatchech belt loop thread as an example of really excellent collaboration of ideas and opinions that I'm grateful for. Another 2 good opinions popped up resulting in a redesign of the belt loop. I'm now encouraged instead of discouraged from that first attempt. This is what I strive for in my workplace, home, and these forums I haunt. The decisions are mine, and I can make better-fitting decisions when I have more information, both good and not-so-good.
  12. GeneH


    There are reasons every village has to have one, and it's our responsibility to help that person recognize there is a village short one person... LOL. And "all I want to do is have some fun." That's exactly my sentiment. Along the way I hope I can make someone's else a little easier and a little cheerier.
  13. As of last night I had decided to not make another one. Now I can't wait to get started on the next.
  14. Yep, that's a better idea. Cleaner design, I don't need rivets, and I bet I saves 2/3 of the cutting/fitting/assembly time. I pretty much finished the original one last night (pictures forthcoming later this weekend) and getting that strap bolted to the hatchet loops was a battle of wills. Inanimate cowhide almost won. That first build has too many compromises (IMO) the way the strap is secured. This, as you suggested will be my next one. I wasn't going to even try another like I did. This one has "U" shaped stitching on the strap which I think might be the strongest, though probably not necessary. No vertical stitching on the wraps because that's outside my temperament level and again not needed for a hatchet.
  15. Chrisash: That's a really good point: break-away safety. I thought about covering the blade only. I've slipped on a wet leafy steep slope more than once. I may have gotten lucky using this style hanger. Hopefully on the initial slide the handle catches and the hatchet slides right out without smacking any ribs on the way. I tried to make the accompanying mask stout enough, though the snaps holding it might come loose in a fall and expose the edge. I'll give this more thought as I go forward. The one safety issue I am concerned about is my own inattention and putting the hatchet w/o the mask, "just for a moment," in the hanger and slicing my arm the next moment. Inherent design weakness.