zuludog

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About zuludog

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  • Birthday 04/25/1950

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    Northwest England
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    Backpacking, Car mechanics, Model aeroplanes, Knifemaking, Leatherwork

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    Knife sheath making
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  1. Horsey repair stuff

    I'm sure others will advise you on the leatherwork and the business side of things, but as a former microbiologist I can give you some definite advice - If you are going to be handling blankets that are covered in soil & horse muck. and using sharp tools, make sure your tetanus & other inoculations are up to date. They are absolutely loaded with bacillus, clostridium, and other nasties, There is also a risk of infection by inhalation if the material is dried Personally I would not handle anything unless it had been properly cleaned, either by the customer or yourself, for which you could charge
  2. Beginners Leather

    Tandy is an American chain of leather craft stores which is aimed mostly at hobbyists and beginners, but they have a couple of shops in Britain. Search Google for 'Tandy Leather Manchester' and you will get the prices in £. You might even make it across the Pennines one day and visit their shop. Many of the members of this forum are quite experienced and tend to look down on Tandy, but it would at least be worth seeing what they have. Their prices are a bit on the high side, but if you have several items to buy it may be worth buying into their discount scheme
  3. Tiger ver Far East threads

    I think I bought an awl and some natural linen thread from Artisan a couple of years ago, and I was happy enough, but I forgot about them Now you've reminded me I recall seeing their polyester thread and thinking that it seemed OK. and reasonably priced (so is their linen). Perhaps I'll order a roll or two; October is fine Their tools look reasonably priced. I've just bought some edge bevellers and stitching chisels from Tandy and Goods Japan - wish I'd found Artisan first!
  4. Tiger ver Far East threads

    Interesting you should say that. I've had the same issue of piercing Tiger thread - very frustrating. but neither do I like the way it handles or feels, so I won't be using it again I prefer linen, and I've found this supplier. She stocks several brands, including Fil au Chinois; lots of colours; and can supply short lengths and sample packs as well as full reels https://www.kurzke.co.uk I've looked at Amy Roke, is there a British supplier? So far I've only found one based in Hong Kong A couple of months ago I bought some tools from Goods Japan. The tools themselves were OK, and the prices were reasonable, but then I had to pay 20% import duty to HMRC and £8 international handling fee to Royal Mail. If the same applies to Amy Roke, plus the £6-45 shipping charge anyway, that would make it quite expensive Can't get the link to work, but can find the website if you put it in manually - www.kurzke.co.uk
  5. Traveling leatherworker tools

    I could make a few suggestions but I'm sure that sort of thing will be covered by other forum members; and if you're keen enough to do leatherwork while you're travelling you should already have a pretty good idea yourself but I suggest that you include a decent notebook and a couple of pens & pencils. You are bound to get ideas as you travel along; make contacts; get orders & requests; or even to note down the things you've forgotten. Having it all together will be better than odd bits of paper stuffed into pockets or the glove compartment
  6. Leathercraft Masterclass

    I've had a look at the link, and I agree with howie696. There is all the information you need on YouTube, though you won't be spoon fed, you'll have to watch quite a few videos to pick it up. Last I checked, there are about 12 pages on leatherwork, each with about 20 videos, so there's plenty to go at. Just use the Search box to narrow it down to what you want Nigel Armitage & Ian Atkinson/Leodis Leather are good. Also Jacklore; he does mostly knife making, but has a couple of good ones on sheaths, and the techniques can be applied to other leatherwork Videos may be on techniques, like saddle stitch, skiving, or setting rivets; or items, like a wallet, a knife sheath, or a belt; but watch them all. Even if you have no intention of ever making a possibles bag, the same sort of methods & techniques will be used for other things If you were thinking of spending that sort of money, spend it on some decent tools instead
  7. spelling help

    Definition of an engineer - 2 + 2 = 3,98 to 4,02
  8. Burnisher attachments

    Search YouTube for - 'Armitage Leather Tools Leather Burnisher' Or you could ask around your neighbourhood for a wood turner or a wood turning club and get them to make exactly what you want. That sort of thing is meat & drink to them, they'll love it
  9. Lee Marvin style belt & holster set-up

    I know I shouldn't hijack threads, but I couldn't resist this, as it is one of my favourite film anecdotes The part of Quint, the shark fisherman in 'Jaws' was originally offered to Lee Marvin, but he turned it down, saying; "I eat fish, I don't act with them".
  10. artisanleather.co.uk - feedback and reviews?

    I thought I had Surfed t'Net and found all the leathercraft suppliers in Britain, though not necessarily bought from all of them, but Artisan is one that I've missed There is, of course, no way of telling how good or reliable they are, but then again there is no reason to suspect there is anything wrong with them - and there is only one way to find out I suggest you order one or two low cost items and see how it goes; then try a bigger order if it all goes OK I notice a few things about them, though they would not necessarily affect their reliability. Most of their leather seems to be ready trimmed, which I'm not keen on, I would prefer to have a whole piece and make my own selection on the shape & pattern. They sell seconds awls for £5, which is good value if you are willing to do some fettling yourself. They have a decent range of linen thread, which I prefer to synthetic - I might place an order myself
  11. Hello. Newbie to leather craft.

    Hello Mick 86, and welcome to the forum I also started making knives, then moved to making the sheaths, then other leatherwork As with any new hobby there is so much to learn at once, but you can find a lot of information from looking through previous threads, especially on Getting Started & Leather Tools. Similarly there are loads of videos on YouTube,; watch as many as you have the stamina for. Those by Nigel Armitage, Jacklore, and Ian Atkinson/Leodis Leather are especially good
  12. I make mostly knife sheaths from 3 to 3,5mm veg tan. I haven't tried everything or every combination available, but I've now settled on this - I mark the stitching line with dividers I use a Tandy Craftool stitching chisel with 4mm spacing which is about 6 spi. I polished the prongs An awl that is a bit smaller than most, about 2mm wide, from https://www.bowstock.co.uk I've tried Ritza thread, but I don't like it, I prefer 18/3 linen. I have natural from Bowstock, and various colours from other makers - Crawfords, Somac, & Fil au Chinois Recently I got Some Seiwa European Leather Stitching Chisels from Goods Japan, They have narrower prongs than Craftool. I've tried them on scrap and they're good, but I have yet to use them in on an actual piece of work. Do not confuse these with Seiwa Diamond Leather Stitching Chisel as they did not get a good review. See Nigel's Pricking Iron Reviews #8 &#9 Yes, I ordered my needles from John James, and noticed they were made in China I also got an awl blade from them and mounted it in a haft made by a local wood turner. Had to sharpen & polish it myself, which was a bit tedious
  13. Well CLW, I can't comment on your question, but this is a convenient place to mention that last year I went to a demonstration & lecture by Nigel. On his recommendation I have done two things that are cheap, easy, and have improved my stitching I no longer use a stitching groover, I use dividers to mark the stitching line. I got a pair from a secondhand tool stall on my local market for £2-50, about $3-50. I changed from Tandy 'big eye' needles #1195-00 to John James size 2; they are also cheap enough.
  14. Beginner's Questions...Again

    The problem is that there's only one way to find out what thread you like, and that's to try it, which could get expensive The most popular synthetic thread is made by the Danish company Julius Koch under the name Ritza, but as it has a picture of a tiger on the label it is also known as Tiger Thread. It is normally only available in large rolls, 500m, and costs about £55, but shop around on t'Net and you will find people selling shorter lengths. It is available in several diameters; I'd say start with 0,8mm or 0,6mm The thickness measurement for linen thread is a bit confusing, but all you need to know is that for leatherwork the most common thickness is 18/3 Bowstock have 180m reels of black/white/natural 18/3 for £ 4-75. Their website has some useful tutorials including an explanation of linen thread thickness Kurzke has full rolls of coloured linen from several manufacturers and offers mixed/sample packs at reasonable prices I would stay away from anonymous packs of 'linen thread' or 'thread for leather' sold on your local market or t'Net, including Amazon; some of it isn't that good, and Bowstock or Kurzke's samples are cheap enough to try Here are some useful websites https://www.bowstock.co.uk https://hwebber.co.uk https://abbeyengland.com https://kurzke.co.uk Don't forget that whatever thread you choose it should be waxed, either ready or DIY
  15. Beginner's Questions...Again

    Whatever knife or knives you get, you will need at least two The first one should be kept razor sharp for use on leather only, and look after it The second one can be almost anything you like; use it for cutting string; opening parcels; sharpening pencils; and so on. Its purpose in life is to make sure that you use the first one exclusively for leatherwork. https://www.gandmtools.co.uk have some old George Barnsley tools, including several types of leatherwork and paring knives, and awls, all at reasonable prices. Well worth having a look through The link doesn't seem to work, but you can find gandm if you enter it directly