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About Lakejumper

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  • Birthday November 16

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  • Location
    Santa Rosa, CA
  • Interests
    Kayaking, music, cycling, RVing

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    I used to make guitar straps, wallets, belts and other misc. projects.
  • Interested in learning about
    Lacing, stitching, improving carving, dyeing and leather tooling.
  • How did you find
    Searching for book cover patterns
  1. Thanks your work! I haven't tried beveling but was curious. One thing I have learned here, is to tap with more pressure on my tools to get a better impression.
  2. I have learned a lot here and am constantly working on my skill level. You may want to post some pictures so that members can see the tooling and provide you with some tips.
  3. All - thanks for the tips and suggestions!
  4. I found a pencil works best too. I was able to use my mechanical pencil. To piggyback on this thread...the tracing paper has a dull and shiny side. Does it make a difference which side is up? Are there any cheaper sources than Tandy?
  5. Good job for first attempt. One of the Tandy videos shows the camouflage tool turned the way that Stormcrow used it along a border. Mattsbagger's method looks good as well...there are so many ways that you can use these border tools! Great ideas here! Rohn - Do you also bevel the border line that you cut with the swivel knife?
  6. Thank you Mike. I'm going to see what he has.
  7. They look great...I agree about the edges. For an "economy" leather, the color of the dye looks great and very even.
  8. Welcome! It's a fun and fulfilling hobby/trade. Lots of great info here.
  9. Thanks JLS. I looked at the tools that I had bought awhile ago (can't remember when) and many of them have Craftool USA on them. I do see a change in the texture on them versus my recently purchased tools.
  10. Thanks Howie. I did another search and found this info with the dates as well on an eBay blog. I'm think g that if a tool falls into 1, 2, 3 and 4 below, that it may be a better quality tool. Or perhaps I should avoid 4 as well? "A rough guideline as to age can be made from what is stamped on the handle; If it says: 1. CRAFTOOL CO - with No Number.......most likely made before Craftool started putting the numbers on tools around 1950. 2. CRAFTOOL CO. - with only a 2 or 3 digit was made prior to 1963. 3. CRAFTOOL CO. - with a letter prefix & number was made about 63' to 68' 4. CRAFTOOL CO. USA - with a letter and number was made after 69" 5. CRAFTOOL USA - with a letter and number..................... it was made more recently"
  11. I have an opportunity to buy some Craftools that are 10-15 years old. Some may be older. Will these tools be any better quality than what Tandy is selling today? How can I tell if a Craftool is the older and better quality tool? When did the quality change...I read some old threads and some members mentioned 1960's. Thanks in advance!
  12. I love the antique watch and the way you attached the gears! Nice job.
  13. Keyair - I'm with my63... I can't offer advice as I have no experience with upholstery, but the seat looks great. The RV is going to be beautiful when you're done. Did you polish it yourself? Looks great! If you're keeping it for yourself, as I'm sure you've thought of this...consider is keeping it to the original style as much as possible. If you decide to sell it down the road, folks want the "vintage/original" look. Can't wait to see it all finished! I have acquaintances who restore vintage RVs for a living and they are beautiful.
  14. Beautiful piece! It's tooled so well that it appears to look as though it was formed on a mold or embossed....very dimensional!
  15. I would have paid much more! Good wallets that don't have custom hand tooling are much more expensive. I like your designs. The banjo has great detail!