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About DJole

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  • Birthday 02/13/1965

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    Tacoma, WA
  • Interests
    Fiddles, books, big trees, leather, swords, and keeping the house intact.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Dark Age and Medieval European inspired designs, pouches and boxes
  • Interested in learning about
    shoe-making, tooling, hand stitching

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  1. Leather Carving Styles....

    A lot of what people identify as "Celtic" (especially knotwork) is actually Anglo Saxon or Germanic in origin. Viking art is often pretty distinct from the Anglo Saxon stuff Looking on internet image searches, If you want the actual historical motifs and designs, you will have a difficult time figuring out what is the real stuff. Or you could look for the British Museum Pattern books, which use line drawings taken from historical artifacts from the cultures in question: Early Celtic Designs by Ian Stead and Karen Hughes is a nice collection of actual Celtic designs from the 5th C BC to the 1st century AD (thus avoiding the Celtic/Anglo Saxon knotwork). I've got this one on my shelf in the other room. The British Museum Pattern books also include the following (in no particular order): African Designs Ancient Egyptian Designs Early Medieval Designs Islamic Designs North American Indian Designs Roman Designs Greek Designs Iain Bain's famous Celtic Knotwork book is a nice mixture of historical patterns and instructions of how to make your own. He also points out that what we call "Celtic" when referring to knotwork is a conglomeration of cultural art motifs. Looking at illustrations from medieval illuminated manuscripts is a great way to get ideas, too. (see here: Woodcuts are great for leather, since the lines used to both cut wood and leather are similar (<> I've used the Bayeux Tapestry as well. ( You could do a google search for "celtic motifs" or "anglo saxon motifs" and get better results than when searching for "XX art" You could also look for books from the Dover Pictorial Archive (such as Viking Designs or Celtic and Old Norse Designs). These ones are not for the person who wants authenticity, though. That might be enough to get you going for a while.
  2. Wood box for my thread

    I love fine woodwork, and that is some FINE woodwork. What a handsome, colorful place for your colorful thread to hang out in!
  3. Handmade machine stitched?

    What first came to my mind when I read this was this:
  4. Back quiver and matching arm guard

    Lovely design work! The multi-colored leather is very striking, and the primitive archer designs are nicely done. Great work, with a lot of attention to detail.
  5. Fencing Mask overlay

    Got the first side all sewed together tonight -- padding glued in place and the liner sewed to the outside piece. The front edge has lacing around it to protect it from sword cuts. I didn't use blemish-free leather for this project, because it's going to get banged around and distressed pretty quickly. I am using Resolene on the outside for water resistance. Here is the reverse:
  6. So many questions answered..

    Having a forum like this is a great thing-- in the non-digital world, how would we ever have found all these answers? How many actual leather workers could we have actually met and learned from? Welcome to the forum, RedDun, and glad to have you aboard! It's likely that somebody will ask a question about horses or mounted shooting and you can get to be the expert of the day!
  7. Dragon Boat Bag

    I like the concept! A nice design, and good styling details. It must have been frustrating coming back after 10 years, thinking to yourself, " Self, I used to know how to do this!"
  8. Stitching horse.

    Your persistence paid off at last! Nice to see a piece of working equipment being returned to work, instead of gathering dust in a corner.
  9. That is some VERY nice work! I lower my awl to you in salute.
  10. Show me your wallet

    Well, I made this just for myself, and it's the first time I ever tried doing this... so here it is, in its flawed glory: I like the tooling design. It's based on metal work found on the Sutton Hoo purse (an Anglo-Saxon ship burial from about 600 AD). Dye color is Fiebing's Oxblood; hand stitched with red linen thread. (Back from before I even knew what a pricking iron, or a stitching iron, even was.) Trifold design-- I find it bulky in actual use. Black pigskin liner--fitted like an amateur (see the wrinkle to the side of the ID?) 2 card pockets on the left side-- you can see the gold card in one pocket, and underneath that one is a custom pocket open on both sides -- the card can be slid out to the left or right. I like this feature. Middle ID holder, with plastic sleeves. Realistic DMV photo not included. Right side has one card holder (diagonal line marks it) and change pocket (with small rivets to reinforce.)
  11. Best of luck to you in finding the right person, and may the right person find your offer!
  12. Chamfron in leather

    Ooh, nice work! Cleanly executed, delicate touch. That's a lot of stud work, too. No wonder the horse likes it-- she looks great in it!
  13. Fencing Mask overlay

    Here are the upper side pieces in their current stage. (there will be lower side pieces also, but those are still in the design stage.) I flipped one over so the red lining is visible. The perforated area is right over the ears. I was surprised at how much sound those holes actually let through. I'll have to do the same through the red lining, also. Underneath the lining I am putting some padding strips, and I am going to lace the front edge, because that edge will take a lot of abuse. The lacing will help lock the red lining, the padding, and this thicker piece together. I don't remember what this thin red leather was -- it was in a bin of bargain upholstery leather at Tandy, 15 bucks for the side. It's a bit thicker than pigskin. No tooling here, just a nice diamond design made with a filigree punch, and some nice slick edges (gum trag and elbow grease). It certainly took some pounding to punch those diamond holes in the thick leather, and lubricating the punch with wax helped a lot in pulling the punch out afterwards.
  14. Pink is the new pink.

    Mjolnir, here are some Angelus dyes that might be exactly what you want-- take a look at Light Rose and Rose at their online catalog: <> I have a bottle of the Rose dye, and it's certainly pink.
  15. I am satisfied with regular Fiebings dyes for my small projects. The rounders you mention earlier are great for learning not just how to dye, but how dye works on the leather (i.e. color changes, need multiple coats, is black really black enough, etc.) You might also want to look at Angelus leather dyes. They are a spirit dye, like Fiebings, but they have colors that Fiebings does not. I get mine via Dharma Trading, based in California , so as a California resident you should have no trouble getting these shipped to your house. (See Dharma Trading online catalog here: