garypl

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About garypl

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  • Birthday 12/28/1950

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    Male
  • Location
    Loganville, GA
  • Interests
    Shooting/reloading, woodworking, gardening

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Shooting bags and accessories
  • Interested in learning about
    Holster making
  • How did you find leatherworker.net?
    Google search on making shotgun shell pouch

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  1. I meant the back loop section - so it looks less square at the bottom. You could also taper the holster pouch as well - that would make it look slimmer for sure!
  2. Nice job! I think it would look even better if you tapered the bottom of the holster a bit so it is not so wide at the bottom - just my opinion, no right or wrong way!
  3. Looks very nice! Is that LCP holster sewn into the bag or does it come out? What weight / type of leather did you use?
  4. Good point Rick! I will be happy as long as I continue to improve my techniques and quality!
  5. I use a mixture of beeswax, carnuba, neatsfoot oil, and lanolin - approximate ratios are 40% each beeswax and neatsfoot, 15% lanolin and 5% carnuba. Melt together and pour in a jar to harden. It's soft enough to scoop with your finger to rub it into the leather.
  6. Looks great! Please tell us type of leather and where did you buy the zipper? It looks very sturdy.
  7. Thanks everyone! Fred, I appreciate your comment on the stitching - I have to remember that being hand made means one of a kind and if you look hard enough you almost always will find a flaw. Looking at all of the great looking projects posted in this forum encourages me to keep improving the quality of my projects.
  8. Ron and Bob - thanks for your kind words! I hope to keep improving as I get more practice with all of these leatherworking activities.
  9. I made a sheath for an old Japanese sushi knife I rediscovered buried in my kitchen drawer. I spent 3 hours honing the blade to remove nicks it had from banging around the drawer unprotected. I gave the knife to my son and decided it needed a sheath to protect the blade and keep his fingers safe when grabbing the knife from the drawer. I used two layers of 4-5 oz veg tan and used the same leather for the welts. Put a small piece of pigskin inside to cover the snap and keep it from rubbing against the blade. i'm still learning how to use my Cowboy CB4500 and I have to get better keeping my stitches an even distance around the edges. I used the roller edge guide for the first time and it worked well, but I had to hold the sheath up a bit to keep the piece level due to the uneven backside caused by the strap. I sealed the dye with resolene then applied two coats of a homemade mix consisting of beeswax, carnuba, neetsfoot oil, and lanolin. Heated the leather with a hairdryer to melt the wax in and buffed it out. I appreciate any feedback!
  10. I made a sheath for an old Japanese sushi knife I rediscovered buried in my kitchen drawer. I spent 3 hours honing the blade to remove nicks it had from banging around the drawer unprotected. I gave the knife to my son and decided it needed a sheath to protect the blade and keep his fingers safe when grabbing the knife from the drawer. I used two layers of 4-5 oz veg tan and used the same leather for the welts. Put a small piece of pigskin inside to cover the snap and keep it from rubbing against the blade. i'm still learning how to use my Cowboy CB4500 and I have to get better keeping my stitches an even distance around the edges. I used the roller edge guide for the first time and it worked well, but I had to hold the sheath up a bit to keep the piece level due to the uneven backside caused by the strap. I sealed the dye with resolene then applied two coats of a homemade mix consisting of beeswax, carnuba, neetsfoot oil, and lanolin. Heated the leather with a hairdryer to melt the wax in and buffed it out. I appreciate any feedback!
  11. Thanks Bob - I drifted off a little on the RH side, but the stitches were even! Learning as I go and having fun!
  12. I just bought a Cowboy 4500 from Bob at Toledo Sewing and could not be happier! Thickest leather I have sewn is 3 layers of 8-9 oz veg tan, but it sews 2 layers of upholstery leather without touching the tension. I bought a bit more machine than I need now, because I would rather run the machine at the mid range of its capability than run at its max limits. It has been fun learning how to sew, as I have never sewn on a machine before. Here is a photo of the first project - a sheath for my Japanese paring knife.
  13. Thanks Damien - again, really nice work!
  14. Looks very nice Damien! I have a question about the inlaid handle - how durable do you think the snakeskin inlay will be when constantly being gripped tightly when carrying the case? I have never used snakeskin, but seems it is more often used like you used it on the front flap, where it will not see much wear and tear from handling. I look forward to seeing the completed project and thanks for sharing the step by step photos!
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