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  1. Bag terminology help?

    Love the design. You could attach one shoulder strap tab and d-Ring to the front and back, like the blue I added to your image.
  2. Leather thickness

    I attended the Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show last May. Kylie Ruffner is a sales rep for W&C and was working their booth. I told her I loved the W&C leather but I wanted leather that was softer. She said they can stake the leather and the more times they stake it the softer it gets. I told her I wanted to make totes and duffles and she recommended I get them staked 4 times. I believe Mattsbagger is correct, the leather is run through a roller press. There is a small cost for staking, but I don’t remember the exact amount I have worked with both Kylie Ruffner and Dave McCracken at W&C. They have both been patient while I ask them all my questions and work hard to get me exactly what I want. You can find their contact info here - http://wickett-craig.com/direct-sales/ No connection, just happy customer. Terry
  3. Leather thickness

    I buy my veg-tan from directly from Wickett and Craig. I have them split it to my desired weight. The last couple harness sides I’ve also had them stake it 4 times to make temper softer. The harness leather, split down to 5/6 ounce and staked works great for totes, backpacks, etc. I’ve found that by buying direct I’m able to get the weight, temper and quality I want.
  4. Great idea ENC, thank you. I’m going to buy small roll and experiment.
  5. Thanks Bikermutt, I’ve never worked with 14 oz leather. Hadn’t thought about how tough it may be to cut with strap cutter.
  6. I have an idea for a braided/macrame shoulder strap for a tote bag I’m making my wife. I’ll need about 50 feet of 1/4 inch leather cord and I’d like to make the cord. (This also might be an elaborate plan to justify a rein rounder.) Here is my ideas on how to do this. Use 14+ ounce skirting - as thick as I can find. I’m trying not to fold over and sew leather to create a piece thick enough to result in a 1/4 round cord or close to it. Cut a circle large enough to get a 50 foot continuous strip. Is there a formula or rule of thumb for length of a strip from a circle? Is it feasible to splice shorter lengths into one long length? Use strap cutter and leather circle to peal off a strip 1/4 inch wide and 50 foot long. Follow the process for creating round reins I’ve found on here. Bruce Johnson also has a good tutorial on his site. At what point in the process is it best to apply dye? I’m assuming after beveling and before starting the rounding process. Please chime in if you have any ideas or insight. This is totally new to me. Thanks, Terry
  7. Show your Shop

    Started on my office desk. Didn't take long to realize pounding on desk with computer or a card table wasn't going to work. Moved to garage and things just expanded to fill the space. Love seeing the shop photos. I see a few things I'll need to try.
  8. Intro and Hi from Hilton Head Island

    Thanks bikermutt. I didn’t post the ugly, poorly stitched, stuff living a lonely life on my garage floor. I liked your Horween wallet. Horween leather is still on my to do list.
  9. Hi, My name is Terry and I'm from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. I started my leatherworking hobby about 18 months ago. This site was one of the first sites I discovered when I started and it has been my go to place to learn about techniques, tools, leather, etc. Thank you to all who have contributed. I thought it was time for me to start paying back the community in some small way, so here I go. I like to make primarily handbags, duffle bags, and backpacks. I like making my own patterns. I'm starting to use Affinity Designer (similar to Illustrator) to design some of the none square pieces. Gussets have given me grief, so I created a spreadsheet to help me calculate corners, gussets, etc. The process of doing the math helped me better understand why my gussets where always long. I sew most everything by hand. One of my 2018 goals is to become proficient with my Techsew 2700 sewing machine. Right now the sewing machine is winning the battle. Below are a couple examples of items I've made. Again, thanks for getting me started. Terry