Sam I Am

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About Sam I Am

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  • Birthday 02/03/1962

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    Dingmans Ferry, PA
  • Interests
    Family, leatherwork, teaching, music, camping, hunting, fishing, Tolkien

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Crafting and design
  • Interested in learning about
    everything leatherworking
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  1. Detail of leaf clasp

    :-) Thanks much!
  2. Detail of leaf clasp

    Thank you!!
  3. Middle Earth Pyrography

    Thank you! I would suggest that if you're going to try this, get a good iron that has a temperature regulator so that you can control the heat. I used just a standard woodburning tool, and it was a little dicey at times because it got too hot.
  4. How to keep my ruler from sliding?

    Don't try to cut all the way thru thick leather on the first pass. Not only do you take the chance of moving the ruler, but you take the chance of the knife skipping off the leather and onto the metal ruler, where it will continue with great speed; burying itself deeply into your left thumb, stopped only by its contact with bone. I got 12 stitches. And a chain mail glove to protect my left hand.
  5. Considering they're genuine handmade, and as you said they'll last forever - eight to ten bucks is a good price. I don't know how prices are down south, but in PA I would say eight bucks for plain (the way you have them) and then if you stamp the flap with something (nothing fancy, just a 3D or gem rivets or something) then ten. Cool idea though. Sam
  6. Hello from PA!

    Thanks Ross! I found my niche leather working. I'll have to post more of my stuff. Nice to have someone else from PA. You're in my neck of the woods? Hey Billy! Pennsy is taking over LOL Sam
  7. Edc gun belt

    I made a IWB holster for my .40 S&W MP Shield. I used saddle skirting, rough cut big enough to fold around the weapon. I then took the weapon (UNLOADED of course!) and VERY IMPORTANT - taped a flat carpenter's pencil between the rear sight and front blade sight to make a draw channel. I covered the entire weapon in saran wrap to protect it. I took the leather and made it soaking wet, and folded it around the weapon, keeping the "back" side (which would go against my body) flat, and wet-forming the "front" side to the weapon, using my fingers and round smoothing tools, being careful to form the wet leather tightly to the trigger guard inside as well as out. (When it dries, these points of the formed leather will create a natural weapon retention.) I then clamped everything in position and gave it a few hours to dry a bit. When the leather tolerated some handling while still retaining its shape, I very carefully "opened" the leather just enough to remove the saran-wrapped weapon and closed and clamped the leather back together and left it for 2 days to dry. Once completely dry, you can manipulate the holster, cutting it to fit the length of the barrel, leaving a "tail" to protect your side from the grips, trimming the overall holster, setting out your stitching channels, dyeing the leather, setting rivets at stress points, etc. This holster is my edc, and I am looking forward to making more for my other carry tools.
  8. Help! Veg Tan Flesh Side Plagued With Fuzz

    I use a safety beveler from Tandy (Item #3001-00) to skive the flesh side down to "meat". Then I wet the flesh side and rub it with the grain in one direction with beveled glass and let it dry. if you let it dry, then even when you case the leather to prepare for carving, the flesh side will continue to behave. Hope that helps -Sam
  9. Hello from PA!

    LOL Thanks! Actually, when my wife and I were dating, she really made green eggs and ham for me one morning!
  10. Singer industrial machine model 281-24

    You can get a lot of info about your machine here:
  11. Just tooling around

    Some pieces I made for my wife when I first started
  12. Middle Earth Pyrography

    Decided to try my hand at some pyrography. My tablet needed a cover, and I love Tolkien, so...
  13. Hello from PA!

    Greetings from Dingmans Ferry, PA