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  1. Quality Stitching Awl

    Ah, I knew I forgot something. Diamond shaped. Hardened, but still have some reasonable flex to them. They won't snap off with a little side pressure.
  2. Quality Stitching Awl

    I now have a selection of awl blades. They are on the website under "Hand Tools". Also, I see a few people are wondering about other blades fitting in our handles. The collet set they come with have a range from 0"-1/8". So these should fit almost anything out there, whether round or diamond shape.
  3. You will still have a "crisp" edge after edging the leather once cut with a laser. You can edge/cut most of it off, be it will still be there. We(King's) cut a lot of award plaques and blanket corners on a laser to make it cost effective and then dye the edges after slicking to cover the burn. Obviously you won't see the black burn on your black leather, but you will have the slightly crisp edge still there. The laser does work very well, depending on the project.
  4. Sheridan Brown

    Yep. The only thing with Sheridan Brown is the color of the antique. Same steps, nice color. We used to mix 1/2 light brown and 1/2 mahogany to get this color, then Fiebings caught on. You can use Bee Natural RTC instead of Neat lac or Sheridan lac(as it is called now). I like this better for the obvious, the smell. It works well if you use 2 coats.
  5. I think you are at the best place on the net. There really isn't much unless you ask specific ?'s. You tube has a few short videos too. For books that come to mind to look for: Sheridan Style Carving by Clint Fay and Bill Gardner Bob Park's book, I don't recall the name, it's new. Pete Gorrell's books, he has 2 These provide some good pictures of "How to"
  6. Here is the way we have been doing it at King's for about 20 years: Try casing the leather first. This is by soaking in water for a few minutes then stretching with a glass slicker(or wood). Rub in all directions on most projects, on belts just go down the length a few times. After doing this, rubber cement it to plexiglass or lexon(basicly the same thing). Use Barge RUBBER Cememt, not Barge Cement. The rubber cement is in a light blue and white can, not the yellow and red can. You don't need to glue or tape belts if you case them properly, but the thin leather is a must on most small items. It doesn't matter what leather you are using, it is going to stretch when stamping if you do not prestretch it, that is what the slicker does. Tape will work, but the leather should be dry when applying. This is why we like to use rubber cement. When you apply it to wet leather, it sticks just well enough to hold it to the plexi, but still rubs off nicely after the leather drying out. Just giving you another option than tape.
  7. Try it first, then last. That is, use it at BOTH times. Using it first lets you bevel just up to the lifts, so you are not trying to get a square beveler into the spots a lifter is used. Saves time too. After backgrounging, thumbprinting and all the other stamping, lift again, just before doing your finish cuts. If you like, re bevel some of the areas you want to stand out a little more, ie. flowers and leaves.
  8. Cutting does weaken it, but then again you can add a liner to the back of the item. Crowners and turnbacks come to mind for tools used without cutting the leather first. Cutting makes the leather "Pop" more, just a lot more definition. Using bevelers and such without cutting tend to "roll" the leather instead of having the crisp cut lines. Tooling when the leather is dryer will also help make lines crisper instead of the mushy look some tend to get. This will be the point when after casing, the leather is turning back to it's natural look, before wetting. It will feel cool to the touch, but look dry. This will also give the best burnish too.
  9. I have this listed on ebay. Just putting the word out that I have a piece for sale. I know it is hard to sell leather work to a leather worker, but there are not any more of these ever going to be made. A fine piece by Robb.
  10. Yacht ideas.

    Well a 40 is a good size. My brother captains a 104" MY and my other brother used to be a first mate on a few from 104-165". They have encountered many projects and to do's on the boats they have worked on. And, believe me, I have heard some good stories.
  11. Making a Wedding Gift

    The photo albumn is always a hit. Other idaes are: Picture frame (with a pic of your favorite at their bachelor or bachelorette party) Ice Bucket (helps if they are drinkers) Coasters Desk pad for the home office Mouse pad I usually put the monogram or the names and date on the cover. Sometimes just the last name initial can be very classy if done right.
  12. Depends on the length you need to add. The using of the rectangle loops has worked great most of the time for me. This way works well because the tip covers the loop when the belt is worn, if the addition isn't too long. Otherwise, just tell the customer the leather shrunk, with a smile on your face, and see the response you get. I always seem to get a good one. Then they usually order a new belt and take the old one home for when the New Year's resolutions start next time.
  13. Molding problem

    Dwight has a good point on the molding, by taking the item out. While it is drying, reinsert the item a few times throughout the process. The leather tends to shrink, so you need to do this a few times, or the item may not fit again. Try using a fan or hairdryer to speed dry. I use a fan all the time so I don't have to twiddle my thumbs while waiting for the right temper when tooling. You should be careful with using the sun. It will suntan the leather just like your skin. I use this method too darken leather when I am looking for a deep, rich tan without using any dyes, just oil. Also, if you leave the item in the leather while wet, the plastic bag will sweat with moisture. This may make for an unhappy customer if you have their blued pistol in the bag.
  14. Correcting Stamping Mistake

    You may also try to hit the basket stamps around the one that is dark. This will also darken the ones around the mistake to make it look more even. Or dye the whole project black. I had to dye the first few projects black that I did while learning. The darker the color, the harder it is to see the mistakes.
  15. Yacht ideas.

    You can always make/repair fender hooks for the larger yachts. One of my brothers does this now for some very nice MY's. He is basket stamping the leather covers and also lasering the yacht name in them too. Very first class for the multi million $ yachts. For the owner who just needs to spend more $. haha. He also did some replacement panels on the ceiling of one. They were covered in fabric, then recovered in upolstry leather. Used up about 40 hides. Guess it also depends if you are doing things in port or on sea to pass the time. I would hate to stick an awl through my hand at sea. Also, if you are looking to do repairs or new stuff.? If repairs; you can take on some canvas projects. Some of the tools overlap with leather, making repairs easy. Have a great time. What size are you on? MY or Wind power?