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    Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Sporran making
  1. best punching board for leather

    Punching into endgrain is definitely the best. I have a 80cm-long section of tree trunk that I stand upright between my knees, so I'm punching into the endgrain. Works like a charm.
  2. Perhaps use the loop that's visible on the inside of the corner as a "hole" to double up your cover over the corner.
  3. If you want a ready to use blade, you can't go wrong with a Barry King or Leder Louis. I have both, and they're excellent. I also have the Vergez Blanchard - it's an excellent tool, but you'll have to do your finishing. If you're on a budget, I'd get this one....leaning n how to sharpen, finish and maintain your blades is an essential skill: even the most expensive blades will get blunt at one point.
  4. Pictres of some of Robb Barr's tools

    Lust, lust , lust!
  5. Bosal Supplies Europe/Austria

    Hi Christina, I order my leather from ...they're in Italy. Their thick veg tan shoulders and butts are good. Their bellies are pretty good value, but you will get the odd piece that isn't perfect. I like their pig skin, too.
  6. Palosanto Awls

    ...nice! I got them to do a custom very thin 1.4mm awl for some of my finer stitching. It works like a charm, but I'm always afraid to break it, as it starts to get a bit bendy below 1.8 mm.
  7. Non-leather alternative for simple snap bracelets

    One material that can be really nice to use is old bicycle inner tubes - those likely to be upset by the use of leather will probably find the recycling/upcycling aspect cool.
  8. Nitecore - "Burnished" Stitch Line

    He applies what seems to be mink oil initially. Then, at the 12.30 mark, it's a sheepskin (or similar) buffing wheel pad. And then around 13.40, what looks like a felt buffing pad. The fact that the edges are darker is ue to the fact that the mink oil(or whatever it is) seeps in more at the edges (more holes and porosity).
  9. Hello from France

    Bienvenue, MaryHann! Je me réjouis de voir ta production. De mon côté, je vis en suisse, et je suis 1/2 français et 1/2 écossais au niveau de mes origines. Il y a plein dinfos utiles à trouver dans ce forum, et beaucoup d'inspiration au niveau des projets... Bon vent à toi (puisque t'es bretonne!).
  10. That's awesome, thanks! Now I "just" need to find the skills to reproduce some of these on leather! Any of you willing to show your work?
  11. Old British tools

    Bought the plough gauge from like a charm
  12. Looking for advice on a stitch groover

    There's a little cap on top that can be unscrewed, so as to store different sized tips inside the tool. Quite useful if you have several tips (I have 1 mm and 2 mm) Dunno if the versa groover does that. Apart from that, they're pretty much identical.
  13. Looking for advice on a stitch groover

    I bought a crimson's an absolute beauty!
  14. Key beveller

    So, I find this key at the bottom of a drawer at work, and my mind gets to work.... At home I ground it down, and I now have a very nifty beveller with excellent control. Behold the magnificent beast:
  15. Do you Reuse old leather

    I've seen people make very nice watch straps out of old leather "bomber" jackets.