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    Ontario, Canada
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    Dog, archery, horses, reading

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    leashes and collars
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  1. Singer 29k8 - made 1897

    OMG, OMG... an original Singer stool! I've never even SEEN one before! You lucky sonofagun!!
  2. Free is always good

    I bought a marble tile from Home Depot for $10. It's only about 5 mm thick, but if it breaks, replacing it will still only cost me a fraction of what Tandy charges for a quartz slab!
  3. Capability of hand crank singer 15-91

    Yes, my local Tandy store has a Tippman boss all set up so people can try it out, and see if it's the right machine for them.
  4. So, I Just Inherited A Sewing Machine...

    Constabulary, I took it home primarily to do domestic sewing repairs. My current machine doesn't even have a 'reverse' feature on it, so this is a HUGE step up for me! No, it doesn't give the thickness of leather it can handle. I'm going to play around with it, anyway. Probably will work for wallets and chequebooks. For the heavier stuff, I actually kind of enjoy saddle stitching. I like it muchmuchmuch better than double lacing!!
  5. My mom passed away in November. Last week, I was at her place, cleaning out her possessions to prepare it for the new owners of her house. I found a Simplicity Denim Star sewing machine, which looks like it's barely been used. She didn't sew much, but she was a very avid knitter, so the machine was just gathering dust in the garage. Tonight, I had a look at the instruction book. says it will sew light to medium weight leather with a 12/80 needle, and heavy leather with a 16/100 or 18/110 needle. It also has another very useful feature - it converts to free-arm sewing for doing sleeves and other hard-to-get-at areas. After reading about non-industrial sewing machines on this forum, I am quite skeptical of its claims re. sewing leather, but we shall see, we shall see... [rubs hands together] This was NOT something I was expecting when I brought it home. I knew it would probably do lightweight leather, but didn't expect anything more than that! It also does all sorts of really fancy stitches, and will even sew on buttons! No, not just sew buttonholes, but attach the buttons themselves!
  6. Boxed in: Box stitching a tooled leather trunk

    You, sir, are a true artist! And the amount of work that went into that project - not just the stitching, but all the basket weave stamping, too! I can't imagine doing something like that! How big is the chest?
  7. Such an AWESOME book!

    Picked this up on sale at Tandy's and am DROOLING over it! Can't wait to try some of the projects! The book is HUGE (12" x 16") and the illustrations are very detailed. I know I'm not Al Stohlman, but this book sure is an inspiration!
  8. Cutting A Really Long Strap

    Okay, I'd like to make a really long leather leash for tracking with my dog. How would you cut something like this, that's going to be wider than a cowhide is long? I haven't quite decided on the perfect length - something between 12 and 16 ft. would be about right. I've got a strap cutter - just need to know how to get such a long piece, and still have a fairly uniform thickness.
  9. Dog Harness

    Max, it's the OTHER end of the leash that's supposed to have the brains! Unfortunately, dog trainers these days are mostly out in la-la land, with this all positive crap, where if you correct your dog, or tell it 'no' for doing something wrong, you'll break its spirit! How do you teach your kids right from wrong if you never tell them 'no'? All-positve MAY work with little lap dogs, but get a really strong, courageous dog like a pit bull or a German shepherd, and they will be taking matters into their own paws as soon as they realize you don't have the brains to tell them 'no'!
  10. Dog Harness

    Cute dog, BTW. Reminds me of the RCA dog, Nipper!
  11. Dog Harness

    What do they want the harness for? There are different kinds for different purposes. And I'll warn them: walking a dog in a harness often encourages it to PULL, because that's what most harnesses are designed for! The special anti-pull harnesses restrict a dog's movement, and are much less humane than using a collar, and teaching your dog NOT to pull. But then, teaching a dog to walk on a loose leash seems to be a lost art. That's what I observed during my 6 years of running a boarding kennel...
  12. Coin Purse Designs

    My S_I_L has confirmed that is indeed the style of purse she wants. So, as soon as she tells me the colour, I'm going to make one up for her! It's not a thickness of leather I generally have on hand, but I did find one piece that was the right size and weight. If I want to make more of these purses, I may have to ask Tandy if I can borrow their splitter for a few minutes... Given how much stuff I've bought from them, they'd probably say 'yes', as long as I don't make a habit of it!
  13. Rounded corner Edges - Any tips?

    cjartist, that doesn't work if it's an INSIDE corner! Had a terrible time cutting a decent corner for the window on a cell phone case. That was when I found out about corner punches!
  14. Kind of went nuts on Round Knives

  15. Kind of went nuts on Round Knives

    I just looked for Stohlman's book on, and the only copy they have is a used one for $73.00!! The Tandy library has an e-edition available for $12.99, though. Or, with my elite membership, I can have my very own hard copy for $16.80! Choices, choices... :D Keith, this is the famous Al Stohlman round knife you're talking about, right? The one that won't hold an edge, because the steel is crap?