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    Primitive arts, brain tanning, hunting, horses, a bunch of other stuff... and oh yeah, leatherworking

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    Not to the level of specialist yet
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    Everything I can about...
  1. Spurs Strap

  2. Thanks for the link, Bikermutt! Very interesting site that I’m looking forward to digging into for some great knowledge... I really enjoyed the history section.
  3. Highlights from the Last 4 Years

    Those are some beautiful pieces! I love that breast collar....
  4. I just got my 2018 Sheridan Leather Show booklet in the mail yesterday and was going to pull it apart to scan and post for those who may be interested in it but this morning I got an email with all the same info in it so am posting the link (much less work intensive) in case anyone is curious about the various classes offered... Here is the link: https://leathercraftersjournal.us17.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ae5a0d12ea239b274cd9235bc&id=2bc3d95308&e=c0f1dfe60e
  5. Here are a few photos of some stretching posts in case you are not familiar with them...
  6. Those yellowish slick spots probably indicate that there is still some epidermis on the hide that needs to be scraped off. In the photos it looked like maybe some thicker white spots that might be able to be scraped down as well. I don’t know how you fleshed/grained the hide but if you did it with a fleshing knife when it was wet, you might want to re-wet it and work to get that stuff off (but be careful not to slip and put holes in it - I’ve done that and pretty much ruined a hide). In the photo it looks like you’ve got it stretched in a frame so you might be able to dry scrape it. I’ve only used brains or lecithin to do hides so I’m not familiar with the commercial tanning formulas. As far as stretching, when you think you’ve got it stretched enough, it probably needs to be stretched some more (it’s a pain in the butt but a very important step) because it loosens up the fibers before you smoke it. You could grab some buddies and have a stretching/pulling party (as in photo) or you could set up a vertical stretching post and work the hide on that. A post is good for getting close to the edges... As ID45 said, deer hide is probably a little light/thin for a holster but that’s just our opinions... If you take any of my suggestions, be careful. You’ve done a lot of work on the hide so I wouldn’t want you to take a chance on ruining it, especially your first one.
  7. New Boots

    Nice!! That leather on the lowers looks really soft and comfortable... Great job!
  8. Tandy Business Pricing....

    The elite membership is free if you are military, public safety/first responder or military veteran...
  9. SB Foot Leathers

    Mike, My side of SB arrived safely. I really like it, thanks! Now this is a side! As I was unrolling it, I didn't think it was ever going to end...
  10. Leather Burnisher

    Wow! I bet Fred Flintstone would be envious of that beast. No more hand cranking...
  11. You can also use liquid lecithin as a substitute but brains are the best to get a nice soft hide. I’ll second what you said about each critters brain being enough to tan it’s own hide...
  12. As for number 2, there is a forum under the forum title "specialty" that deals with making shoes, moccasins, boots, etc in case you haven't searched down that deep on the forum's main page (it's way down closer to the bottom). I'd love to be able to make my own shoes and am considering checking out the class by the guy up in OR (sorry, forgot his name) that does the non-last shoe classes... Opps! I didn't realize that is where you posted your original message
  13. Tracing pattern for cross

    Google “simple cross images” and you’ll find a bunch of them. I just tired it... I mean, tried it.
  14. Rattlesnake Knife Sheath

    Love it! You sure are a talented guy...
  15. Tooling Detail Guidance Needed

    Alright! Way to go. I know they are pretty protective of it and didn't want to see you get into any potential legal spats...