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About Johanna

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    The Leather Lady
  • Birthday July 12

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    Ohio USA

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    making good coffee
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    it found me

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  1. This week I'm going to pick up my Marine from Parris Island for his short leave before combat school. Bear with me if I'm slow with my messages, please. I'm 2 sleeps from my 758 mile trip to get this kid I've missed for 13 weeks. His dad went to PI in 1968, and he'd be so pleased with this kid now. I've never met a Marine who wasn't proud to be one. I would love to hear your military stories. God bless our veterans.
  2. Happy Birthday Johanna!

    Thank you everyone! All I do is keep the lights on and the coffee fresh. It's all of you that make this place fun to be- learning and laughing. You leather folks are the very best. ~J
  3. What do YOU like about figure carving?

    Craftaids are a good place to start. After you've developed a feel for the leather and your tools, like Mike said, you can carve an original piece. If Kathy reads this post she will think "Huh?" and wonder if you're okay, JLS. I don't know what it is exactly, but I feel like you're picking at Mike, and I don't know why. Both of you have spent many hours helping others, so you share the same objective. Please be mindful that we are all friends here, and there is no need to go out of the way to be rude. Charging for lessons: The old man I learned from explained that any time away from the bench cost us money. He could carve a good pic of your sailboat or girlfriend and that's how he made his money. His leatherwork was personal. I learned everything at his elbow trying to do things so he could do what only he could do, carve leather his style and the customer's way. No one is getting rich selling lessons except maybe Tandy. The lessons being offered now by Elktracks and are state of the art, and expenses have to be paid. It's a fair trade, IMO, and it's helping people. Video technology has made huge strides, and most of us can understand it better when we see it, rather than read it. Most of us learned by the standard of the father of leatherwork, Al Stohlman. He was the one that wrote the books, he wasn't the best leatherworker in the world necessarily. History is always made by those who write the books. PS Mike, FB is holding LW's posts and shares hostage, so as an experiment I "boosted" the promo Dave made. For whatever reason they aren't showing it outside the US. I'm annoyed with FB because they want us to use them to crosslink, but they want to charge me money to share info that interests a lot of people. I'll keep you posted. ~J
  4. Carving surface question

    Go to a monument (gravestone) company. Out back they have a pile of stones that are chipped or have the wrong engraving, or some reason they were discarded. Often as not, they'll let you have a piece for free if you tell them what you what the stone for. Take a strong friend if you want a heavy thick piece.
  5. Good youtube videos for beginners? is the most convenient source of videos for serious leatherworkers. If you attend the class you can ask questions in real time, but either way, you can watch the video, start, rewind and pause, over and over again. The teachers are masters of their style and they patiently guide you through whatever the lesson is. If you don't see what you're interested in, ask. They will find a pro and set up a class. Most leatherworkers are willing to share their ideas and techniques because they know no one can steal their imaginations, which the lack of is the only thing that will ever limit your progress.
  6. The old man never soaked his leather or put it in the fridge or buried a dead cat and walked counterclockwise circles around it. He spritzed it with water evenly every time he went to work on a piece. That's it. Simple. (He did prefer distilled water, but if he was carving most of it he didn't care). I was astounded when I first learned there were 47 ways to case leather and no one will ever agree. Bob Beard is still making tools, but get your order in soon. He's usually working at least a year out. ~J
  7. Coffee and donuts

    Okay, more donuts are here. Clay's dog used to lick the icing off of them, so we switched to cookies after awhile. But Krispy Kreme is nationwide now, so I put a microwave in the corner. 8 seconds to heaven.
  8. That’s my fault for trying to post on my phone instead of my computer. I’ll fix the times. Sorry.
  9. In Need of Leatherworker

    This is exactly the place to solicit work like this and if you aren't interested in taking jobs like this, move on. Some people are interested, and that is why this section exists- to help link up people who want something made with someone who can make it for them. Thank you for your understanding. ~J
  10. Okay, I'm not getting it

    I'm shutting this down because it's become ugly. This isn't the place to discuss this subject.
  11. I don't know where else to make people aware of this, but there is a "new member" that has started a thread with bogus links, and  smells a lot like a phishing attack. I've reported the post. It includes an obvious link to what is supposed to be YouTube, but it's mis-spelled and there is a link to an image, which is also suspect. 

    Is there somewhere  I can alert others to this type of bogus stuff?




    1. Show previous comments  2 more
    2. Johanna


      It was posted in the Marketplace, which is the correct place for it. It's not gone, just hidden. I thought it was legit, just a bad link. Mike, give me the link you want and I'll fix it. ~J

    3. alpha2


      Sorry for the misunderstanding. It looked bogus. I'm sorry.

    4. TailGator


      Thank You, Apology accepted. Johanna here's the link you requested of me The link for the video remains the same. I appreciate the help.

      Thank You

      Mike R.

  12. Facebook Connection unwanted

    The ads at the top of the page keep the lights on 24/7 for anyone to wander our halls. If you do business with any of these companies, please tell them you appreciate their support of Thank you! ~J
  13. site chat

    IPB discontinued the chat software with no notice or explanation for all their customers. The word is that there was an exploit in it that they couldn't patch or fix. I'm getting a third-party chat software like we had in the old old days, but I want to make sure the new software is safe and works properly. Give me a day or two and we'll be back in chat, then I will need you guys to help me make sure everything is working properly and do whatever tweaks we need. Thanks! ~J
  14. Oh my, this is a new one. Let me see what I can do. (I get a tone sound) ~J