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  1. My rock on a scrap of chap leather. The surface is about 1/8 higher than the surround bench top. makes it easier to move big pieces around. The whole thing was built with dimensional lumber and bolted. As the wood shrunk I gave a few cranks with the wrench every so often until it wasn't shrinking anymore. The height is comfortable for standing or using the drafting stool to sit.
  2. I would hope that delivery is already scheduled AND you have a Bevmo gift card waiting for him as a thank you gift! I have a granite inspection plate from Grizzly like that inset into my bench. When you stamp the only sound you hear is the soft "tink" of the maul on the stamp shank.
  3. be glad to share what I know which is more on some tools than others. On the ones I don't know much about, I know people who know people....
  4. The LCSJ has sponsored most all of these shows. Ones I have been to - Several years ago they tried Ventura - didn't work because of little foot traffic and interest at the time. They tried a few in Reno. One year at the Grand Sierra (or whatever it was called then) they had a decent enough show, but the next year at the Silver Legacy it didn't fly. They had one in Phoenix we missed. They moved it to Wickenburg in Feb and that show was good. Good foot traffic and class attendance. Next year ditto. The biggest problem was the trade show was at the community center, classes were spread out at the VFW, motel north of town, saddle classes were south of town, etc. The social one year was at an old restored mine site that was maybe 15 miles out of town. There was no one place to sit and BS with other folks at the show. The move to Prescott from Wickenburg was met with some resistance because the class enrollments and the trade show was the best it had been in CA, NV, or AZ. The advantage of Prescott was everything under one roof with plenty of rooms and options off site as well. We didn't get away to go the first Prescott show. All the people I knew that did shared the common theme of "ya shoulda been here". We have set up as vendors the last two years. Good show and in my opinion well managed, good facility, central lounge area, close by dining/lodging for all budgets if you don't stay there. I can't say for sure that all of the classes offered in Prescott were also on tap for Sheridan, but it was close for sure. Some people took classes at Prescott so they could take others in Sheridan that would have conflicted. The tradeshow in Prescott is a Friday-Sunday deal. Thursday night there is a get acquainted social in the central lounging area.
  5. I started off doing leatherwork as a hobby and it turned into a small business then a bigger business. I have been to Sheridan at least 4 times and the western shows in Ventura, Reno a few times, Wickenburg at least twice, and this coming year will be the third at Prescott,. I took classes all but one of these shows, and can say without hesitation I got something out of all of them. Some were half day specific technique and some were 4 day all day classes. When I was doing serious leatherworking these classes were a definite draw for me at the shows. The class line up for the Prescott show should be coming out soon if it isn't already. It is true that there are a bunch of booths and vendors. For me that was a good thing at the time. You can find suppliers you didn't know about. You can pick up a stamp from Barry King, Bob Beard, Clay Miller or whoever and try it out. You can compare sizes that is harder to do from a website picture. You can compare between makers. Pretty much most of the major tool makers are at both shows. There are different sources of leather and supplies you may not have known about. If you can balance out taking a class or a few along with some time spent in the trade show, id think it could step your game up just as it did mine. Meeting at the social get-togethers and friendships I have made are a bonus.
  6. There are classes at both shows, and in the past, a lot of the classes at Prescott were also offered at Sheridan. The classes offered range from entry level hobbyist to mid and upper range workers. Sheridan is the longest running trade show and bigger with more classes and vendors. The Prescott show was originally held in Wickenburg and a few years ago was moved to Prescott. At Wickenburg classes were spread out all over town, trade show was at the community center, and there was really no central R&R location. The move to Prescott seems to be a real shot in the arm - one location, good classes, nice cross section of vendors, common socializing areas, and a really nice facility all under one roof. There's advantages to both and it kind of comes down to which one might fit your schedule the best.
  7. I am going to join the parade and say that the beam is original, the blade maybe, and the fence is probably not true to the time the other parts were made. I have about 20 of the Dixons in the wings and few variations besides what has already been shared. Dixon was proud back in the day - the blades were variously marked with Dixon names, "Warranted" with a name, etc. According to at least one family member they changed up and recycled markings every so often so you can't trust age by the marking. Also the English made blades were pretty universal. You could have T Dixon frame and a knife by Butler, Adams, Brindley, Barnsley, or Joseph Dixon would go in it. With this blade not having a marking - might be a late version. The fence looks too modern to me compared to all other versions. Does the brass roll or is it fixed? Hard to tell from the picture, but have not seen one that didn't have a loose roller.
  8. I've got quite a few Barry King and other stamps for sale on my website. Here is a link to the page of carving and stamping tools - http://brucejohnsonleather.com/leather-tools-sale/leather-carving-and-stamping-tools-sale/ . No Barry King handled tools right now, but have a bunch of others. Thanks, - Bruce
  9. Frederick, I don't get the hollow backs very often. I am on a stay at home vacation this week and working in the shop to catch things up. Two of things on tap for today are edge shaves and purse creases. I don't know if there are any more hollow backs but if so, they go to the front of the line. I will be adding the tools I have worked up either tonight or in the morning. Thanks! - Bruce
  10. I don't have a full blown complete how-to but I have a mini-tutorial on my website about making rounds, using a rein rounder, and some tips and tricks. - http://brucejohnsonleather.com/tutorials/
  11. Most every stamp maker back in the day made these. Currently for sure Barry King makes them - they are listed on his website as "round grounders" - about 3/4 of the way down the page - http://www.barrykingtools.com/groundersbevelers.htm
  12. Sent you a PM, I want them both
  13. Also it looks like your blade is sitting pretty level. You didn't mention about changing that angle to make different angled skives so I don't know how much you have played with other adjustments. If not, it adjusts on either side. Behind that elongated wing nut is an adjuster. Loosen the wing nut, move the little "handle" in either direction. It is an eccentric that will raise or lower that side. On the outside is the hex bolt with a knurled round doodad under it. Loosen that hex, turn the knurled piece (also an eccentric) to raise and lower the outside aspect of the blade rest. That one can be sticky and a little PB Blaster or similar is your friend.
  14. You can sure minimize but probably not totally eliminate the marks. You can get them to a manageable level to where they will rub out. Three things - 1). blade should be super sharp to minimize drag. More drag = more pressure needed to push the leather through. 2) Enough space between the top and bottom roller to just grab the leather without compressing it much between the rollers. It adjusts with the hex head bolt right there in the picture 3) This follows along with the space in #2, but just enough spring tension to put enough pressure on the rollers to feed. Back off or tighten the square head bolt below the compression spring. And....after all that - some people will machine down the grooves on the top roller to minimize marking. I've had them with smooth rollers on top and they still feed. On the B the bottom roller does most of the grabbing. Some other models only the top feeds and the bottom is an idler.
  15. If it is something I plan to use or sell to use - I'd save the mark and clean up the rest. If it is going into my corner of cool S**T Tools, then I mostly leave patina but remove rust. Even the cool tools get used for their intended purpose at least once before they go on the wall..I put enough of an edge on the knives to cut something for fun. The draw gauges get to cut a strap or two. I have an old willow leaf blade I keep around just for that purpose. I'd like to think those old boys who made these old gems and those that used them to make a living before me would appreciate me using them "one more time" before they get hung up. Besides, when you cut some leather with a 150-175 year old tool, you feel history in your hand.