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    South Africa
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    Leather projects, woodworking, hunting, outdoors and 4x4

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  1. Whether you would have won or not is irrelevant...!! You completed this "master piece" - so you are a winner!! I wish my skills were that advanced. I like it a LOT!!
  2. Thanks fredk - I looked it up and was pleasantly surprised to see the original Gladstone bag was made by J G Beard...now for the co-incidence my surname is Baard. If translated to english means beard...don't know if there could be a connection here!! Wulfing look up this thread if you want to see how the bag was reconstructed. http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/44990/how-to-make-a-fortuny-gladstone-bag-part-1/page/all It is really great looking, but seems a challenge!
  3. Hi Wulfing, It is called a doctor's bag and dates back to around 1910 - according to this website https://www.la-belle-epoque.net/english/e_bag_0007.htm
  4. What hide did you use...looks like springbok! Amazing piece of work!
  5. Don't know if this would help...or if this is the type you are referring to. I had to replace the handle on this one for a friend and took a few pictures for future reference. The most difficult to find is the hinge - they are expensive!!
  6. Hi Big Sioux, Thanks for the info and I am blown away...just could not imagine that check book covers still have a meaningful purpose - and for that I'll gladly "pay my way forward". Let me have you postal detail and I'll send you my prized African Buffalo hide check book cover (no longer used), when an acquaintance from Texas visits in March!
  7. hi, Just curious...who still uses check book covers in the electronic era?
  8. Well done ...it looks great!
  9. Guest Bex, I don't want to blow your bubble...but you may want to rethink using elephant for a laptop bag. Specially if you are going to carry it as a sling bag. I made my wife a bag a few years ago...ended up selling it as a shotgun shell bag. The leather was a bit harsh on her clothing. If you make it as a hand carry bag - no problem! Just my 2c
  10. Tony RV2 - I am with you on this statement! The currency is not in my favour nor is the thought of importing a head knife! So I decided to make my own from a circular saw blade. It is functional and works like a charm
  11. Good luck with ALL the stitching and lacing - you sure have a lot of guts. I have a similar vest, but used real thin leather that I was able to sew. For effect on the pockets I used small spring buck (female) horns and the "sides of the leather" which had rough edges. Don't lose steam...keep going! Once you wear it there is no looking back - just smiles
  12. Do you have a pattern for your bag in the photo if so would you be willing to share it with me Thanks

  13. I have used reclaimed couch cushion leather...and made this bag
  14. Misinterpretation... Bullet by definition: - a metal projectile for firing from a rifle, revolver, or other small firearm, typically cylindrical and pointed, and sometimes containing an explosive. As the reference "bullet" was used I thought the pre-fired shell casing would be capped with a projectile...to make it look like a real bullet!
  15. Pop rivets or "blind rivets" is definitely the way to go. Make sure they have a good size flange - so they don't pull through the leather headband. You could use a relative small rivet with a washer between the flange and the leather, but everything ads weight and the .357 bullet is already heavy, depending on the projectile weight (normally 125gr / 158 gr). A few of those on your head is going to be noticed....not only in looks but the wearer will feel the added weight!