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  1. Thanks Bikermutt - will do!
  2. Hello All - Hoping that someone can clear this up for me: I understand that when stabbing the leather with an awl you twist the awl at a slight angle (45 degrees or so). When running a stitch line down the right side of a belt I would stab through at 45 degrees. When running a stitch line on the left side, should I stab through at -45 degrees to mirror the right? When I tried this out what I got was an nice stitch (up/down) on the right side but a perfectly strait stitch on the left side. Either one would have been fine but not mixed up like that! Advice would be greatly appreciated or if this had been asked before please link me to that thread. Much appreciated!
  3. Thanks Mattsbagger - Thanks for your response. Do you think that the equipment used impacts the way the finished product looks? I would think that the awl would give a thinner or smaller look to the threads on the finished product while the punches would make the stitching look more pronounced? What do you think?
  4. Thank you all for your insights. TheFanninator - I wish you didn't send me that link to the Tsuyoshi Yamashita Instagram account - Those are just too beautiful. Daunting for a novice like me. Alot to learn and practice! Tugodude - Thanks for the information - I have watched alot of Nigel's videos and also of Ian Atkinson's videos. They are very helpful and I have learned alot so far. Is the stitching chisel in the photo the Tandy version? I am currently looking at two different types of chisels; one that is described as European and the other described as Japanese. I am just trying to imagine what "Japanese stitching" looks like.
  5. [Mod please feel free to move to most appropriate section] I have been told (and read) that there is a difference between European style vs. Japanese style stitching. When I searched the forums I found that it was discussed more when talking about stitching chisels. It seemed that the Japanese type stitching chisels were described more as a diamond shape where the european style chisels were described more as diagonal slices (or that's what I saw). I am assuming that the difference described is more of a slight visual difference in the finished product rather than any difference in actual technique or one better than the other. European style was referred to as "Hermes-like". What company would best represent the Japanese style? Can anyone speak to this and highlight to the differences? Visuals would be much appreciated.
  6. Thanks for the warm welcome BikerMutt - Solid recommendation. I have been trying to do just that; repeating the same design until I get it right. I am currently trying to improve my stitching, figuring out how the thread sizes impact the look, trying different dyeing techniques, etc. I am doing this on pretty much the same general design. I am a process guy so I can appreciate practice, practice, practice philosophy. Hell, it took me a year to get TIG welding right. It's almost daunting how much there is to learn and practice but I am committed to getting the basics down little by little. It's great to know that the board is friendly and I feel comfortable enough to ask stupid questions.
  7. Just joined the forum and recently started to learn the craft (little over a month). I'm really enjoying the process and I find that it helps me unwind after a crappy day at work. Since joining I have truly learned a great deal from just lurking around. As I post things, please feel free to comment one way or another. I have thick skin and believe that the best way to learn is to make mistakes and take criticism as constructive and not destructive though I appreciate a little leniency as I learn to crawl. My interests are in watch strap making, journal covers and small odds and ends but this may change as my skills improve (would be cool to make myself a pair of shoes one day). Other hobbies include metal working, fabrication and spending time with my kids. I really appreciate the forum, years of knowledge being passed down and looking forward to being a productive member myself one day.