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    Moncton, NB Canada

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    Carving, Tooling, Coloring

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  1. I think that is a really good style for a dagger and it looks great. Couple of questions: Can you show us an edge shot to show the welt. Is it a right hand or left carry? For me, the snap loop tab should point back when moving forward so it can't catch on something and open.
  2. Paracord Stitching

    I use a #6 (3/16") punch. All the holes are punched first. Any gluing is done, edges finished, etc. I cut the end of the cord on a taper, melt and forma point to screw into the regular size perma-lok needle form Tandy. The tapering is the really tricky part. Need to keep the outside fused to the core while getting a point to attach to the needle.
  3. Paracord Stitching

    No. Core left in. I've done a few knife sheaths now working on improving the technique. I have also made archery quivers stitched with 550 paracord.
  4. Paracord Stitching

    I have been experimenting with 550 paracord as a stitching material for knife sheaths and other gear. This is the latest example. I've also done a traditional saddle stitch using the same material.
  5. That helps. You can go to this style sheath then and have a welt on all sides if it works for the knife.
  6. Single 9/10 oz with the weld will be fine. I usually use a 1/2" with strip for the weld with a stitch 0.15" in from the outside edge. That leaves a little more than 3/8" of leather protecting the stitch.
  7. Computer Templates

    I use a CAD drawing program to design all my templates (Engineer). Works really well for me and allows for simple adjustment after trying the pattern. My patterns are literally overkill accurate to .0001". Google Draftsight. Excellent free CAD program.
  8. I currently use the smallest permalok needle from Tandy for the 550 cord by tapering and melting the end of the cord. That needle also fits the micro cord but the end is too blunt to push though a stitch hole with cord thought he hole already. I found some needles for micro cord which are tapered to try.
  9. Toad Skin Leather?

    Never licked them but I'm wondering who skins them and why?
  10. Yes, I have some micro cord here. The trick is to find a needle to attach to it so you can stitch with it and keep the stitching hole small. As soon as I get that, I will be trying it out. It is more than strong enough and lots of colors available. I wan to use it to make bags/pouches as well.
  11. Look up Tundra Leather in Hamilton. They have frequent workshops. Also, Canadian Society Of Leathercraft. Thay are located in your area and should be able to help you as well.
  12. bikermutt07 I have been using paracord on a lot of larger project for some time now. It is great to work with and this this case was the perfect choice in that hunter orange.
  13. My brother is a forestry silviculture-est keeping forested land healthy by regularly inspecting it and trimming out the dead wood to give new growth a better chance. He carries an old Gerber machete with him, worth about $20. The nylon sheath finally gave out on it so he asked if I could take some scrap leather and make a new one. Couldn't bring myself to slap something together from scrap and I also noted he had a piece of orange tape tied to the knife so he could find it when he sets it done. Been using paracord for stitching some projects so I decided to pick up some hunter orange 550 cord and did away with the tape while I was at it.
  14. stitching pony and/or horse round up

    That is just really nice to see, and still in use.
  15. stitching pony and/or horse round up

    Here is my "Horse Pony", now referred to as a Hony, I built. Basically a one legged horse. I added an extension to a pony and used a piece of vacuum pipe for a support leg. Much more comfortable than a regular pony for me. Jaws can be rotated left or right and opening is adjustable. Recently upgraded with with a cam leaver and thumb nut for Lee Valley.