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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. The Great Wave off Kanagawa

    Two thumbs up! Nice work -- great colors and execution of those tiny lines in the wave. I find that woodcut prints (like that wave) make great leather designs.
  2. Painting fine details? Help!

    If they would be okay with dye effects, instead of paint, you can use Ultra fine-tip Sharpie permanent markers, which have a very narrow tip about the size of a stitching needle. They are much smaller than the fine tip markers. They are available in different colors. I've used these markers to write in inscriptions, and they work well.
  3. A real Hand Clutch

    I've got to hand it to you, that's a handy design! Give yourself a hand! But seriously, the hand is a wonderful design element. The rest of the piece looks really nice, too.
  4. Sewing heavy canvas to Leather

    I sewed a canvas liner into a bag. What I did was use a french seam over the edges of the leather, and then sew the liner underneath that. That won't make sense unless you see the pictures on my website <The Camino Bag> Perhaps that will help?
  5. holiday gift ideas

    If they play card games, make a card deck (or decks) holder. Or a dice box, or custom dice cup if they do those things.
  6. Searching a guide of stamps for leather.

    Maybe these are the charts you want: This is a link to the Craftool conversion chart, showing the old and new numbers for various tools. It's an 8 page PDF file: <> This is a link to the current Tandy Online Catalog. This Craftool Stamps Catalog View also shows 2 sets of numbers for various tools: <>
  7. Halloween mask/costume

    You have a skull around the house on which to mold this?! (Of course, I'm one to talk -- a house from my childhood had 2 cow skulls mounted on porch railings...
  8. Have you emailed them with the same request, and that picture? Perhaps the thing you want isn't in the online catalog.
  9. Am I Totally Inept

    1) Yeah, I think most of us struggle with this, and not every hide works the same way. This is a case (no pun intended) of having somebody right there at your shoulder to supervise would be ideal. Otherwise it's a case of trial and careful observation. 2) That's the reason right there that many of us don't do basket weave. () Trying to figure out what you're doing wrong on your own is frustrating. 3) Are you referring to stamps (which make pictures like a star, or an eagle, or so on), or tooling stamps (bevellers, pear shaders, etc. )? 4) Muscle training -- it takes time to develop the even strokes. And perhaps you are hitting too hard, which affects this. Having the leather properly cased actually reduces the amount of work it takes to make a crisp impression. And for the other hand, it takes a while to develop the 'touch' to walk the tool to create a repeated smooth impression, rather than thinking of it as a series of discrete, overlapping stamps. Loose grip on the mallet, and using the fingers as a pivot, rather thinking of driving nails. 5) Many suggestions up above to weight the leather down as you tool it. Others use rubber cement to fasten the leather to a piece of cardstock or cardboard (this helps reduce stretch, which has caught me out a couple times). Having a softer touch on the mallet also assists with keeping the leather in one place.
  10. Could this over at Shapeways be a solution for you? <> Apparently it seems possible in that program, as discussed in this forum post: <>
  11. Ah, I see. Well, too bad the easy answer is not an answer at all! Back to the drawing board...
  12. Perhaps this video holds the secret you want?
  13. Naval Baldric

    Hey, that's a very nice looking dragon! That tooling is sharp. (And the quilt in the background caught my eye, too... you have a quilter in the family? Quilters and leatherworkers have many similarities.)
  14. Naval Baldric

    Nicely done! And with better edges, too! Are you part of a re-enactment group which cares about historical accuracy?
  15. Not a saddler, but I still found the entire process fascinating to watch. Some beautiful work produced on those benches. I wonder if the saddlery is still around?