TwinOaks

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  1. The video from Nigel is not the same as what's shown in the first pic in the thread. The KK tutorial shows the method (or at least one way) to do it.
  2. Thank you for sharing the technique!
  3. Welcome to the best site on the internet! I have to agree with you on the therapeutic aspect of working on leather; but sometimes..... a project will just fight against you. Good call on getting quality tools from the start! A good artisan can use ANY tools, but good tools make learning more pleasant and often yield better results. Let us know if you have any questions, and we'll try to get them answered.
  4. I bounce between leather artisan, leather worker, and a few others.... Generally, leather artisan, hence the name for my facebook group.
  5. Welcome to Leatherworker.net! You can get the VT leather for your belts at several locations- the first two that come to mind are Tandy and Springfield Leather. Since you're just starting out, I suggest using some pre-cut belt blanks. They're available in several sizes, and should serve you pretty well. Belts don't often have a "liner" between layers - the liner is another piece of leather on the back of the belt to provide a smoother interior. Please check out the "how do I do that" section for some tips on how to construct and finish the belts - there's tons of information on this site and there's usually someone around that can answer questions for you.
  6. Happy Birthday, Leatherworker.net!

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      I can't believe it's been ten years already! :)

       

  7. First it'll be yours...then your friend's...then your team. Welcome to your new addiction hobby!!!
  8. Which one are you calling the "saddle maker's stamp"?
  9. Awesome! That type of machine is on my short list for which machine I will invest in. Please keep us informed on how it performs.
  10. Hi!

    Howdy and welcome to the best site on the internet! Ditto what Mike said, and don't hesitate to post any questions should you have them.
  11. .Even if the test and project pieces are the same thickness, are they from the same side? Does the project have a glued seam that you're sewing through? Is the project piece a firmer/softer hand? Are the threads the same brand? Since it sews fine on a test piece, I'll presume the threads are the same twist. It sounds like maybe a combination of the stiffness of the thread and the needle's interaction with the project leather. I have white, black, brown and natural (good heavens...will the spool EVER run out?) and the 'natural' color is a MUCH stiffer thread; presumably because it has a different type of, or maybe just more bonding. When the needle starts its upward movement, the loop forms at the scarf and the hook picks it up...it sounds like the loop isn't forming correctly and maybe the hook is catching it right on the thread, resulting in tearing/cutting the thread. If your white thread is stiffer, it may be forming the loop more easily, allowing the hook to pass like it should. Double check the needle position, try a slight rotation either direction to see if it helps.
  12. Welcome to Leatherworker.net!
  13. IIRC, oil tanning IS a type of chrome tanned leather, however it's not likely to be harmful to you. A google search will give you a more detailed description of various tanning processes (it's on this site as well). And NO, it won't contain heavy metals (Presumably you're thinking of Mercury tanning that was done ages ago). Chrome tanning is simply a fast, relatively economical way to preserve hides with various chromium sulfate and chromium salt compounds. NOTE that this is NOT the same thing as straight chrome
  14. Howdy and welcome to Leatherworker.net! The pic above seems like it's focused more on the handle than the leather, and you didn't mention which type of leather it is....but that sort of looks like ray-skin. You might check with Springfield Leather Company (you'll see it abbreviated here as 'SLC'), or any of the other suppliers that support this site. I don't do much with exotics, but I'm sure some of our other members will chime in with suggestions.
  15. Without seeing the rest of the bag, it's hard to make definite suggestions, but I will start with " Change something so that the flap isn't supporting the bag" - or - "have the straps run though slot first, so you limit the direction the strap can pull" If you're just using hidden magnets, then you may need to redesign the magnetic closure to include an actual bag clasp, which IS designed to provide some support