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  1. Thanks Bill. As mentioned though. I do various widths and tapers, so can't use screw or glue down frames to hold the leather in place. Good idea though for belt makers Punch is sharp. I hone it on water stones and then green honing compound to finish the edge Thanks for the other suggestions DON
  2. Saw that, but in Canada it's $36.00 with a jacked up exchange rate, tax and s/h I'm stuck between stores which are at opposite ends of two district city limits, so getting out there is a chore Will just keep practising, but will check Ebay on the template DON Bought a template off Amazon just to have and included free s/h. Same price as Canadian store price with exchange rate. Just don't have to drive out to get it or pay for s/h
  3. Thanks guys. Will try different things. Die doesn't help as I'm working with different widths and tapers Can't do a light stroke tap. If not right. it's on the face of the strap and customer will see it Will do tests tomorrow and see what works best DON
  4. Funny thing is. When I do tests cuts. Works fine. When I do the actual strap. 50/50. Like it has a mind of it's own and knows I have Rhino board on my downstairs desk, but will check a cheap cutting board to see if it has lines on it. Rhino board doesn't have them Thanks DON
  5. I place my English tip punch at the end of my strap. Check both side to see the amount of overhang and rarely get a good cut I have the center marked, so I know the tip is in the middle Angle is 50% of the time off which means I have to re-cut the tip. Little heavier to the left or right I'm using a 1" punch for 22, 24 and 26 mm. I have a 3/4" for 18 and 20 mm A section that was supposed to be 125 mm is now 120 as I had to cut it 3 times to get it close to even Thanks DON
  6. Sorry for the late reply, but as Sceaden mentioned. Leather is restored from the Metta Catharina which was a fluke find as the divers were searching for another ship. Leather is known for the dicing pattern and the aroma of the oils used in the restoration While there are still some leathers down in the hull. It's considered too dangerous to get them Leather has been sold Thanks DON choose files... Click to choose files
  7. Selling off the last of my Metta Catharina hide which is about 2.75 sq. ft. Back in 2009 I was selling 4 x 6 inch off cut sections for $45.00 with no dicing pattern in the material This piece has very little dicing left, but still has the history, color and aroma. Enough material for straps, wallets small notebook covers etc. Been using it to make smaller dress styled straps Material is thinner at the bottom at about 1.5 mm and about 2 mm further up. Best if you have access to a splitter for thinning out. Preferably an electric or hand crank. The hide is 9 years old. Friend suggested a conditioner for the leather even though it’s been kept wrapped up in plastic when not needed. Could still use a refresher Leatherique leather conditioner which is available pretty much in any country although you may have your own to use Large image to view the hide up close – Cutting up creates the best strength as your cutting against the grain Price for the hide is $650.00 firm S/H with insurance and tracking is either $44.00 to the US $80.00 International Shipped from Toronto Canada New here, but been around the internet on various watch forums for 20 years If interested. Please email me at Thanks DON
  8. Locking thread to needle

    I tried waxed thread and never liked it. Found some actually grabbed dye color from the leather. I tried the double loop lock and it worked fine. Thread made it all the way without shredding or bunching up Trying to figure out another problem, but working on it and see if I can correct it Thanks DON
  9. Locking thread to needle

    Thanks guys, I peel off a few feet of thread. Leave a couple of inches, pierce and slide over the needle to create a locking loop Problem as mentioned is the 3 strand thread which begins to unravel as you turn and pull the needle thread through. It's sewing machine thread, but still thick enough at .33 mm I forgot to mention I use nylon thread as I can heat seal the finished ends when done No problem with the big needles. It's the tiny ones Thanks again DON
  10. Had a big problem yesterday stitching up an item. 4 times I had to redo it as the first 3 the thread started shredding and unraveled while hand stitching. Tex92 thread 3 strand bonded thread and all three colors I have do the same thing about 1/3rd of the way through the jobs. Worked up a real sweat due to aggravation and anger Sometimes I can make it last by using my finger as a tensioner to stop the thread from bunching up (once it starts shredding), but find it's usually a twice done job. Decided to use my cheap Chinese thread which worked better, but found it's a little darker brown than I like. White and black bonded service thread. Never a problem. So. Why is this happening? No problems with the thicker thread. Is it the 3 strand thread? Becoming unraveled by twisting and turning of the needle while hand stitching? Thread is locked as shown on the Bowstock site. Tried a knot, tried heat sealing the thread at the hole (worked a bit better, but weakened thread and broke) I noticed in another thread it was mentioned to heal seal the end of the thread, so will have to try that Any other suggestions? Thanks DON