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  1. Hello From Porto, Portugal!

    Hi. I really loved Porto when I visited. The port drinking was yummy!
  2. Baseball Glove Wallets

    Agree with everybody. It's a home run.
  3. Some Bicycle Saddle Bags

    Very nice looking bags.
  4. Rose Head Knife Clean Up And Repair

    Great post for all that information. Thanks
  5. No One Knows What A Bloody Litho Stone Is! Help

    Nice video. It's interesting how creative we humans are in so many different mediums.
  6. Looking For Skiver Reviews: Cobra, Highland, Fortuna, Fav

    Did not know about O'Baltor & Sons. Love old school brick and mortars.
  7. Here's a button I've done. I'm sure I'm not the first. Rolled and glued the cylinder and then put it in the drill press and drilled out a series of holes in a line, cleaned it out with real thin Japanese wood chisel and saw. Here's one in action on my bike lock device. It's a two sided affair that takes two U-locks. I got tired of people stealing my bike in SF and decided I needed two to thwart them. This has been out in the weather now for close to a year.
  8. What Do You Do With Your Scrap Leather?

    I make business cards out of small scraps. I burn my mark into them along with the pertinent info on how to reach me.
  9. Nice. And whoa! Those are big flasks!
  10. Crossbag

    Beautiful and looks like top notch craftsmanship as well.
  11. I've done a tiny bit of experimenting with two different processes. I like to make traditional Mexican Molés where you roast the various dried chills and then soak them in hot water for an half hour or so. The water, which for the most part is thrown away, is a beautifully complex dark brown color and I've dunked leather in it to see what happens. It colors the leather depending upon duration of course on how long you leave it on. The color is not a drastic change at all. I haven't really done extensive testing on it for longevity. The other process which is instant and I'm thinking permanent is using a mixture of vinegar and steel wool. I make furniture and sometimes I will ebonize the wood. It's an old process of applying a rusted solution of iron to the wood and the tannins in the wood react to the iron and turns the wood black. So I got to thinking that leather has all kinds of tannins in it and did a little test and bingo, the leather went black instantly. Here's a link to the process for wood but there's information in there about making the iron solution.