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About YinTx

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  1. Retiring

    Mr. Harper, I just recently found your YouTube videos, and made some rifle slings that I posted in the "show off" section based on the information I learned from you. I will miss the invaluable information you had in those videos since you have removed them, but wanted to thank you for the information you did share over the time it was available. I pray you enjoy your retirement and the plans you have, and hope that you consider putting the videos back up for us to learn from! YinTx
  2. Something New For My Shop

    That rocks. YinTx
  3. THIS. Always slows me down. So many aspects to learn in leather, and all kinds of things that can be made: shoes, wallets, purses, briefcases, holsters, belts, guitar straps, totes, chaps, carvings, decoration, the list goes on and on. And even in one genre, so many variations and techniques, leather types (chrome tanned, veg tanned, bridle, english bridle, retanned, pull up... garment, lamb, goat, ostrich, cow, turkey, ostrich.. ) that it seems I can't learn enough. I almost never seem to make the same thing twice. I see so many things that the tooling is phenomenal, and the stitching is all wonky. Or vice versa. I want to be able to produce an item that has both skills in place, but always seem to feel it isn't good enough. When people see my stuff in person, they seem blown away. But I always wonder if they are being polite, because I see all the flaws, all the skills and techniques I have yet to perfect. And there are some phenomenal leather workers out here, that have the skills down and the products are outstanding, full of wow factor and perfection. So I don't always feel I am doing my customers justice when I know they can order from someone that has been in the trade for decades making beautiful pieces. This keeps me up late at night practicing and studying. Which means a lot of what I make is practice, and destined for the bin. Slows down production. Just my view from down here. YinTx
  4. Quiver

    Awesome. What program are you using to lay out your patterns? They are coming out flawless. YinTx
  5. Hawkman

    OMG, thats huge! 3 feet by almost 4 feet! Nicely done, too! YinTx
  6. Motorcycle seat finnish?

    Thanks, I'll give it a try, since I like the look I get when I use it on un-tooled leather. YinTx
  7. I've been trying to connect these two posts now for days! Glad I finally did, but looks like OP hasn't been here since July '17. Hope he gets the message... appears Mr. Sheldon is going for the same look as this: YinTx
  8. Shadow mark when using basketweave stamp

    A light tap to set the stamp followed by the heavy hit to get the impression can help sometimes also. YinTx
  9. First trade as a leather worker

    Those are just awesome, man. Someone gonna see them and like em. Then there's the ol "Hey, I see you are wearing that belt I made! Does it fit ok?" in a room full of folks... YinTx
  10. ABHandmade from Ukraine

    Welcome to the forum. Your English is good, your work is fantastic! YinTx
  11. Rifle Sling!

    Thank you. The tooled sling has been given to an unsuspecting recipient. They have been tasked with abusing it and providing feedback to improve future designs. Don't know who I am going to encumber with the other one yet. Appears I made it too long, so I'll chop the end off and punch some more holes, should be good to go. YinTx
  12. Leather splitter

    Bruce Johnson has a really good write up on the various types of leather splitters that you may find an invaluable resource before selecting the type of splitter you need. It is on his website. There are some that lap skive, some that don't, etc, so depending on what you need it to do, as to what kind you should get. In my case, I ended up with a crank splitter, and a manual splitter that does lap skives, similar to the Heritage splitter bikermutt07 mentions. YinTx
  13. Tooling practice/critique

    While it is still wet, after tooling, take a modeling spoon to all the cut edges to round out the lines where you have beveled. I think that will make things look a lot better. YinTx
  14. Outstanding! As Tugadude says, the details and craftsmanship really shine through, doesn't need any embellishment to be a stand out. YinTx
  15. WebSite

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