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  1. I'm lacing stirrup covers. Leather is still damp after molding around stirrup. The lacing awl leaves a slight metal stain. Any way to avoid the stain? A coating on the awl? Also, any tips on avoiding marks/impression from awl made while in setting and pulling lace?---John
  2. How is Teneria skirting now?

    Thanks , Ken. I looked up Panhandle and they have great prices. I'll look into them next I buy leather. I found a Weaver stirrup leather in my leather pile, so was able to do the repair wo/ new purchases. Panhandle looked to be a great deal for leathers. --John
  3. How's the quality of Teneria skirting these days? Some old discussion threads gave it OK ratings. I normally use HO for saddles, but someone wants me to replace stirrup leathers, so I figured Teneria might work well and is quite a bit cheaper than HO or WC at Hide House. Any other skirting brand suggestions? I've bought cut stirrup leathers from Weaver in the past, but I lost my wholesale pricing by not meeting the purchase threshold last year. Retail price for a pair is about $80 so I figured I might just buy a side and cut my own. --John
  4. Plans for a leather splitter?

    Mutt has it right. I spent the money for a Heritage splitter and I find it one of my most used tools. It helps get the most value from your leather. For example, I can match the leather and use scraps to make straps for a saddle or accessories by splitting skirting vs cutting straps from separate side --John
  5. Rex Riveter for sale

    I looked on Tandy site and didn't see #12 rivets, but their tubular rivet is like a 104. Go to the Weaver site and check them out. Splash anvil spreads end in star shape. I use caps. --John
  6. Rex Riveter for sale

    Great! I suspect it will be available Friday --John
  7. Rex Riveter for sale

    Ok, no one was interested. Price change to $30 plus shipping. --John
  8. Tandy craftsman oak

    Stick with high quality Herman Oak or Wicket and Craig leather (my experience) and you won't be disappointed. My experience with Tandy leather is that quality is inconsistent to say the least. I know the price is right, but you'll get frustrated enough with poor results (tooling, dying, finish) and wasted time that you will gladly pay for premium leather. There are lots of threads on this site discussing Tandy leather. - John
  9. Tooling Letters

    All great info! One question: After you trace the lettering from the pattern, do you first cut the letter outline w a swivel knife, then proceed w bevelers? Or, are you using bevelers or modeling tools to outline letters? --John
  10. Sharpening A Splitter Blade - Am I Doing This Right?

    Thanks, Bruce. I did not find photos on the website, but their Facebook page has a number of photos that show how it works. -John
  11. Sharpening A Splitter Blade - Am I Doing This Right?

    I could not find a roll a sharp online. Have an address?
  12. Looking for leather tool roll for my stamps

    There was an easy to make pattern in the Leathercrafters Journal a few years go. I've made several to keep stamps in. Made a wood block too, but holes always seemed too small or too big for stamp shafts when tryin to keep similar stamps together. I'll look up issue and post later. --John
  13. I've thought about airbrushing, but I work in the basement and wonder if you need ventilation or a big background to catch off spray? How messy is it? Can you spray on a horizontal surface? -John
  14. Like-new Rex Riveter bought a few years ago from Weaver. Comes with both splash anvil and cap-setting anvil to set all sizes of #104 rivets. I bought a more versatile Little Wonder, so don't need this nice tool anymore. $50 plus shipping cost. Board shown below not included, unless you want it too.