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About Grumpymann

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  • Birthday 05/18/1968

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    Pennsylvaina USA
  • Interests
    Love making bags

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
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    All thing leather
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  1. Do you consider yourself an artist?

  2. Do you consider yourself an artist?

    I think of myself as a craftsman. What I do with leather is a skill. And skills can be taught and learned by anyone (To a greater and or lesser degree). Ah but art. The mind and talent of an artist is a thing that has been hashed and rehashed form the start of language itself. But i see it as a form of magic, alchemy the ability bring forth something that previously was not into being through the force of will. My uncle was a painter and he was good. But Klempt was an artist. That special ... something that one in a million have. If I could bring into being what is in my head I would be an artist. And one day may be. But for now I'm a craftsman. And that's no small thing. That is not to say there not artist in leather work. There indeed are but I am not one. Are you? If you think you are then you are. At least as far as I figure it.
  3. Dog collar construction advice?

    I make what I call a training collar ( because Martingale is trademarked) it is adjustable. And has the features of both a choke chain and a regular collar. I use 2 triglides and a buckle, with a d-ring to attach the leash to. With very little training work the dog pulls a lot less. If you'd like a more detailed description of how it's done, let me know.
  4. Paint lettering

    I use a "color wash" after I seal the item I thin some acrylic paint and Paige the letter and let it dry a bit and wipe off the excess.
  5. Grid rulers - are they useful?

    I have 4.grid /center rulers. 6 inch, 2) 1 foot one is 1x1 the other is 1x2 and the last is 18x2. I use them more than anything else. I got them @ an art supply store.
  6. Adding a pocket to a messenger bag?

    Once I did a bag that I did the same thing l. But I made it removeable. I completed the pocket and added. Fancy snaps that showed on the outside of the bag. Hope this helps
  7. Making a few belts?

    I can help drop me a line @
  8. Backpack Strap Padding

    When I was licking tablet cases I used craft foam that I got from AC Moore's. It's the same stuff they use in the little spongy placemats, and spongy things kids make little shapes out of. Hope this helps
  9. What is your suggestion?

    Don't know if this would work, but the first thing that pops in my mind is Velcro.
  10. Letter Stamping Tips?

    I created a stamping jig out of heavy cardboard/pressboard the with big enough to fit my stamps. Clamp it to the piece with clip binders. Line up scribed on the jig. Use light pressure to check my alignment, press firmly and ..... whack! Just a tip, it may seem like if you hold it close to the piece and hold with a death grip it will go better. For me not so much. Firm grip near the top is all I need. Hope it helps.
  11. Leather case clasps,

    Try S & T leather in Chicago.
  12. Question on wrapping mason jars

    Wouldn't it be a bear to clean out the glass?
  13. Thanks a bunch! Any chance this can get pinned?
  14. I can't speak for anyone else but me. I make a lot of bags and for me it's to make the best use of the material at hand. Longer runs are not always possible and I sometimes can get 3 bags out of multiple pieces where I can only get one if I did the back and flap in one run. I've had a few comments about it in the past. I'm thinking about fancying it up a bit so it looks like a fashion move. Hope this helps.