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  1. I am not an expert but it looks like the front flap has been wet moulded over a cord or thong. During the forming the leather has become burnished by the tools used to mould it that is why it looks like a burnished edge. The stitching is not just to draw attention to the piping but will also secure the backing that holds the cord in place.
  2. I am sorry no one has replied I don't have any advice to offer but I have enjoyed reading your story so far and look forward to seeing how you progress.
  3. Why not combine your name and your fathers Jay Lynn sounds ok I like Jay Hoffman. My favourite would be Hoffman Lynn for a stamp you could have the capital L wrapped around the H I still miss my Dad. good luck with your new venture.
  4. I have recently upgraded from the standard clicker knife to the Vergez Blanchard L'Indispensable Flat Knife I think it is great, The grinding was a little rough I prefer my knives to have a polished edge I believe it cuts better now it has been smoothed and polished it holds its edge very well.
  5. I use Le Prevo most often as they are close to me but I also use G H leathers they are both happy to help beginners and sell one hide or skin at a time. I had a minor issue with Abbey which they corrected straight away there brass ware is excellent. Welcome to the world of leatherwork this site is full of great people who are happy to share their knowledge.
  6. I don't use holes or guide posts just plywood here are some pictures of the mould as it was made. IMG_0598_1 by my0771, on Flickr Once the shape was cut out I sanded both sides until the gap was equal to the thickness of the leather I then round over the upper edge of the inside piece and the lower edge of the outer piece. IMG_0600_1 by my0771, on Flickr This is the first pressing from the mould as you can see there are some marks on one side so I sanded a little more off that side of the outer piece IMG_0647_1 by my0771, on Flickr I thought you might like to see the finished case IMG_0915 by my0771, on Flick Thanks JLS Leather I like to keep everything simple my whole blog is the same way straight forward and to the point
  7. I am not an expert but I would have added a magnetic bag catch to the flap itself to take the weight and leave the buckles for decoration.
  8. I use marine plywood to make moulds for my cases and as others have said I round off the corners on both pieces of the mould. I cut out the shape I require and sand the edges so the gap is at least the thickness of the leather. I fix one piece usually the inside to another piece of plywood and then place the leather over that then clamp the outer piece of the mould over that. IMG_0645_1 by my0771, on Flickr Hope that helps
  9. Here is my home made effort I started off with two barrel staves from a cooper, The spring is sullied by the two strips of oak screwed to the bottom. I added the strap to secure smaller projects. If I were to make another I would angle the top to thin it down to make it easier to sew small items. I have pictures and a how to on my blog if anyone would like to see more pictures
  10. In order to help you understand what you are trying to recreate I thought you might like to see this video from J E Sedgewick's maker of fine English bridle leather
  11. Your work is excellent as always I really like the camera harness and the duffle prototype. I am making a prototype with a zip so I share your pain
  12. I thought you might like to see how the case turned out I just need to finish the edges.
  13. Thanks for the prompt response. I realised my mistake when the cover did not fit the closed case so I made the spine piece overlap as you can see in the picture. Your reply was very helpful
  14. My most recent project involves a case made in two parts an inside and an outer cover. Both parts are ready to be attached together my problem is I cut the first cover with the case open and when I closed the case the outer was too short. so I have made another outer cover. My question is if I glue and sew the inner piece what happens to the extra material when the case is opened I hope this makes sense