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About blink1688

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  • Birthday January 6

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    Ohio, USA
  • Interests
    Raising family, Leathercraft, teaching

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Western saddles, Lace work, Tooling
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    Horses, more Tack and Saddlery

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  1. Working Chaps (Bison)

    Nice work! Hope the first pair of chaps I make come out that nice. As for the shirts, would leather vests of any sort be helpful? (Sorry if that's a silly question. I haven't the slightest idea of what you have to do to round up the cattle)
  2. Glowing Leather Holster 1st attempt.

    That's a cool idea. Thank you for sharing. Yes, a lot of times there's a little more graininess when the file size is reduced. Unfortunately, taking pictures in the dark is tough and tends to inherently cause graininess because the average magnitude of light hitting the photo sensor in the camera isn't necessarily enough to be above the electrical noise in the camera - I don't know that I explained that well while trying to keep it concise.
  3. Best thread to resist UV and abbrasion?

    Thank you both (@Big Sioux Saddlery, @Northmount ) for the help. Finished the repair a few weeks ago and I think it turned out well. The owner was ecstatic and started to show all her friends and she said it's working great for jumping and everything still Ended up using waxed, braided polyester
  4. Thank you for this thread!! I had a similar experience with a 206RB-5 practically dropping into my lap -- nobody to thank but God for this one -- and I found this thread really helpful for determining my next steps to get it set up for the work I need to get done.
  5. Best thread to resist UV and abbrasion?

    Sure, here you go. Owner specified she didn't care about aesthetics very much on this piece, just wants to make sure it's functional and gave me liberty to experiment a little. (I still intend to make it look as good as I can though). The near-side has been worn and is ready to tear in a similar way so I will be doing the same thing to both sides. The stitching shown is a test to make sure it pulls the tear together well, pulls on the strip of reinforcement leather without creating lumps in the seat, and does a good job covering it up at the same time (6-cord Barbour's I waxed with beeswax). I'll cutting the test stitching out, of course. Whatever I end up using, I'm going to make sure the color I use matches the leather more closely. I was contemplating the idea of working a thin piece of leather in and out under-over the threads to better protect some of the stitching. The stitch on the topside looks like this: || X || X || The stitch on the underside looks like this: ||| ||| ||| Not as important as abrasion resistance. My concern about UV resistance is probably just 'new-guy-trying-to-do-the-best-job-he-can paranoia' lol
  6. Best thread to resist UV and abbrasion?

    Gonna be on this quest until I find what I'm looking for but I'll share what I find as I find it in this thread: Best repository of info I've found so far: If I can't find the summary chart I know I've seen in the past somewhere, I might be able to make a general guide from this site.
  7. Best thread to resist UV and abbrasion?

    Thank you! Not quite what I'm looking for but it's definitely useful information -- bookmarking that one
  8. I have an Antarés close contact saddle I've been asked to repair. In short, I'm trying to identify the best thread for the job. I need something tha's very resistant to UV and is extremely abrasion resistant. What do you recommend? There was a wonderful reference page that compared characteristics of thread types I thought I found on this site ages ago. Unfortunately, I haven't been successful in relocating it. If you know what I'm talking about, any idea where to find it? More context: The owner doesn't want to have the whole seat replaced but asked for me to repair a tear on the edge where it is sewn to the jockeys and the rider's thigh rests.
  9. First saddle (western)

    Thanks for the heads up! Do you prefer to make a straight edge? (well.. I guess I don't really mean straight but I hope you get my meaning)
  10. Utility messenger bag with a little surprise

    Haha, I saw the first couple pictures and wondered "Hmmm I wonder what the surprise could be...". After reading your original post and started scrolling... Whoah! They weren't kidding. Looks great! I better be careful, if my wife sees, she's gonna want one like it and I don't have a sewing machine yet lol
  11. Shearling hat

    I second that! Everyone sharing here makes this a great place for new ideas and things that'll sometimes make you go "Wow, I wonder how they do that." Looks like a warm hat and deep enough to keep your ears toasty too
  12. WIP Passport cover

    Very nice. I really like seeing the transformation as you painted and finished it.
  13. First saddle (western)

    I've taken the leap to commit to making leatherwork my full-time gig. The first major step was to learn how to make saddles (just western for now) Finished saddle making school with Pete Harry from Pembroke, KY at the beginning of the month. Now that I'm back, I've opened up my business to building western saddles and do saddle repairs (in addition to all the other things I've made over the years). Now to get TLLeatherworks (Tree of Life Leatherworks) out there in social media. Already got a few repair jobs in
  14. Please Explain The Use Of Linen Thread...

    Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out and see what they have. Is the pre-waxed thread from them any better than what you get from Tandy? With Tandy, I've had some bad experiences with pre-waxed thread which has left me a little unsettle -- the 25yrd spools from Tandy have had weird lumps/inconsistencies and weak spots in them on more than one occasion. I finally got around to ordering a big spool of Barbour's 6-strand and been really happy with it -- it's very consistent takes the wax well. I've been going through quite a bit of thread recently since I was asked to make/repair a few triple-stitch halters which I've done completely saddlestitch. One thing I like about having the unwaxed thread is that I can make the ends taper much better then dye it whatever color I want/need before waxing.
  15. Please Explain The Use Of Linen Thread...

    My goodness, thank you for this post. It may be 6 years old but I found it very helpful.