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    Victoria Australia
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    Leather tools, wood working, milling timber, hunting and fly fishing.

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  1. G'day epiphanist1248 I see a good straight Plough Gauge (Dixon) for sale on (england) currently at 149.00 pound around $180.00 US. The roller looks to be good & horizontal, which is a good indication of its operating condition. They don't make new plough gauges as good as the old ones. Regards Alan
  2. Thank you for the interest Simon & Trox. It will be very interesting if a plough gauge knife (with the bird on it) ever comes up for sale on eBay everyone will want it. I have never seen a round knife before with the bird on it Trox I am very envious, that was a good purchase. The problem with all these old tools is that they outlast there original users, it is good to see all the interest and information being gathered for the next generation of leather workers. I do collect other leather tools Trox, I have a few hammers & round knives I did manage to buy about 10 T Dixon (Thomas) leather tools recently apparently he was the father of Joseph Dixon,correct me if I am wrong, they are very old and a lot smaller that other leather tools but it is an expensive hobby, especially if you live in Australia with the cost of postage. I to have often wondered if factories like Blanchard or Rosler made clean skin (Unmarked) tools for other sellers to stamp there logo on before sale. I know that happened with wood working machines. The quality of that (bird) plough gauge is excellent & yes it appears to be the same as your Blanchard tool. I was lucky to get the Bost Freres Catalogue…..found it in Greece of all places. Does anyone know who bought the PORTRAIT pricking wheel that was for sale on eBay….sold for 175 Euros?
  3. G'day Dams, I bought the tool in Germany, I would like to know where the knife/blade is but the seller had no idea. Alan
  4. I also have just purchased a Plough Gauge with the Bird on it … looks like a Dove that is just lifting off the ground in flight…. the letters are H F joined together. I don't have the knife for it but it is in beautiful condition, there is NO movement on the horizontal roller, the best condition gauge I have…..but no knife. I have a Bost Freres Catalogue as well… I will have to copy or photograph it & put it on the Net. Regards Alan
  5. ARE….. the power of the internet… gone are the days when we had to write a letter & post it hoping that the recipient could shed some light on where you could acquire a hood for a peregrine. Great stuff!!!
  6. Alan

    I just received a note from Walter and he mention that you may be able to shed a bit more light on history of the Plough I recently acquired. I received it without it's original blade and would appreciate any information in tracking one down to purchase.  Or at the very least a suitable substitute.

    I am blown away after looking at the photos of your collection you are the envy of all plough collectors. I have four * Lutz *Portrait * Blanchard and this one in the Photos.

    We have two things in common, ploughs and Victoria, I live in Victoria,B.C. Canada



    1. Alan RUNDELL

      Alan RUNDELL

      I have just noticed that you have requested some information on your plough gauge, 7 months late in replying!!!! my apologies.

      I have not been surfing the Leather Net site for quite some time.

      I cannot shine any light on your tool as far as maker, origin or country. It does look very nice.  I know how you feel about the origin of the tool & the lack of the knife to go with it. I just bought a beautiful plough gauge, make unknown with a bird embossed on the bronze slide but no knife.

      Keep collecting.


      Best Regards


  7. G'day Johanna,

    After searching around, I am now lead to believe  that there is some sort of glitch in the system? Is that right?

    Am I correct in saying that they (the photo's) were not removed permanently on purpose.  If so I hope you can recover them.

    I am new on this site & still feeling my way around.




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    2. Constabulary


      Thats a good thing. I hope It´ll work again soon because most threads (f.i. in the Leather Sewing Machine Section) are useless w/o pictures or attachments like PDF manual. Would be a BIG BIG loss if they are lost permanently.

    3. Alan RUNDELL

      Alan RUNDELL

      Thank you Johanna, I hope you get it all back together.




    4. Johanna


      If you guys have time, will you check the pics now? So far everything looks good to me, but it's a big board! Thanks!


  8. Good morning/afternoon,

    Can someone at Admin. level explain to me why all the photo's were removed from the "Site" Tools of a Swiss Saddler?

    This was one of the most informative sites on Leatherworker. net.  Walter Roth was, and is, a wealth of information in all facets of

    saddlery, upholstering, harness making, care of tools, identification of tools and other topics regarding leather both current & historical, the loss of his photo's on this site as a reference is a backward step.

    I am sure if you contacted him he would set you straight about his views on the loss of his photo,s without notifying him.





    1. Johanna


      *Some* of the pictures on this site were not transferred correctly during the last update, and are not showing properly. I am working to get this resolved ASAP. If you have any other complaints please let me know directly. Thank you.

  9. Where has all our photo's gone,

    a picture is worth a thousand words

    1. Johanna


      There's a glitch from the update, and some of the pic tags are broken. We'll get them back soon.

  10. G'day all, I would first like to thank Walter & Thorsten for their help. Now to sart , I first purchased two sheets of 15mm Industrial ply and one sheet of 20mm Marine ply and glued them together using plenty of clamps (you can't have to many). This gave me a thickness of 50mm at this stage. I left the clamps on for 24 hours. I then traced around the templates on the ply & cut them out on my bandsaw ( please note it was only the ply that was cut out & not the outside European Beech) Next step is to cut the two outside pieces, in this case I used 20mm European Beech which gave me a total width of 90mm. These were then glued to the ply & clamped & left for 24 hours It is important to cut all these out accurately as the clamp won't mesh correctly, I cut them out approx. 3mm wider & finished them on my PARKEN Belt sander/Linisher. The foot lever is only the thickness of the ply (50mm). I then cut out the base using 50mm English Elm & drilled holes as per the template I drilled from the top of the base then turned it over & countersunk the other side to take 100mm Bugle head Hex screws. The sides were cut out of European Beech & the steel side plates ( 20mm wide by 3mm thick) were mortised in. Next to make the locking device….. I used 316 Stainless steel except for the bar. The round head on the lock was cut off a 42mm Rod, the protruding rods were 8mm, the bar was 10mmX10mm. They were all made as per the template except for the way the bar was attached….. see pics. I used OSMO Oil on all the surfaces. The end result is the last pic. The PARKEN belt linisher was the answer for shaping the arms, if you don't have access to a linisher like this one a Japanese rasp would be the answer. I tried to post this Under "Tools of a Swiss Saddler" to no avail, it appears that the Forum won't take photo's? OR maybe its me! Happy Woodworking! Alan
  11. G'day Jarednem, I have been asked to submit some photo's of the "Stitching Horse" by Thor, Walter et al & will try to do so tonight. The Horse is the right height for stitching if you sit at any chair, stool, or office chair, etc. The large bow or area under where the leather is actually clamped makes it easy to stitch bulky items. The post will be made under the title "Tools of a Swiss Saddler"
  12. G'day Thor, Thanks for your concern. I know it sounds a bit on the cheap side but I am a long way from an International market. The population in Australia is 23,000,000. Australia is slightly larger than the Lower 48 States of the USA with a population of 130,000,000 and, I think, 3/4 of the size of Europe, with a population of 743,000,000. So it is a limited market here. Do we want a larger population…………NO! 780 CHF is AUD $1062. I will see how it pans out. Regards Alan.
  13. G'day, thanks for your comments. I have noticed that you are in Texas in USA, I am in Australia. They are for sale at AUD $500.00 which is around US $375.00. I make the whole Stitching Horse including the locking device, there is a lot of work in making one. You can PM me if you are interested, I have just made a second one. The base is English ELM, the sides are European Beech and the locking device is 316 Stainless Regards Alan
  14. G'day to Everybody, Where do I start?……. well thank you for your interest & comments. I started collecting Plough Gauges after I sold my animal trap collection, a nice gentleman came to my house one day and offered me a sum of money for my animal trap (Tier-Falle) collection that I couldn't refuse! So I then decided to collect plough gauges instead. I buy these gauges and put them in my locked display cabinet in my vault, I just leave them in their "work clothes" as they were purchased. The "Glove Cam" Tor is the one you saw on eBay, I saw it to & said to myself "that is mine" & kept bidding until it was…… mine. I occasionally use one of the plough gauges Tor…. and as it turns out it is the one with THE HORSES on it Walter, I have used or tried the others and they are not in the same league as the HORSE gauge. I will have a look at the gauges you mentioned Tor, (but not tonight to many alarms & locks to open) and let you know what markings are on them. I am not a saddler, but I occasionally make a belt or two, I bought an old First World War Pack saddle & hope to completely restore it one day. The only other major work I have done, was to re-upholster my brothers 1925 Dodge Car seats……but not to the same finish as Walter Roth's work! Walter, does Flessati make leather tools still? I apologise for the way the photo's were posted,…. my first attempt. Best Regards. Alan
  15. [G'day Tor, I will post these photo's of my plough gauges, 30 in number. Some are branded:- Blanchard, George Barnesly, Fox, Various models of Dixon, Brindley, Mayer & Flamery, etc. The last two photo's are of a clamp for stitching gloves or as Walter has suggested it could also be used for saddlery. Regards Alan attachment=113537:Image 17.jpg]