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  1. A lot of work (for me)

    I didn't really know what tags to use. I normally make one sheath at a time, for a man who makes one knife at a time, as he feels like making it in the moment. Then he got an order for 8 -- these six are for members of a military unit, and they're special. A friend of the client, who's not in the unit, wanted one anyway, so that made seven. And the knifemaker decided to go ahead and do another, with a different handle, just to do it -- so that was 8 sheaths. All more or less the same as this -- one left-handed and the rest right. 9-10 ounce vegtan; hand-cut; I make the stitching holes with the awl clamped in a drill press cuz my hands are weak and I have arthritis and trigger finger. Stitching by hand -- 1 mm Tiger thread in Havanna Cigar. Fiebing's Saddle Tan -- which wasn't always co-operative. And the knifemaker was nervous about the whole thing, so he wasn't always all that co-operative either. They went out to the client yesterday. After reading a lot about finishes, I melted mink oil and bee's wax together, 50-50. It's hard and a little sticky. Takes a lot of rubbing in, and a lot of buffing. I used a wheel for that. And I love that high-gloss it gave, after three coats of 50-50 Resolene and water. I was sick on the weekend and finished the buffing with little time before the client arrived. These are the knifemaker's photos -- they don't have the angles I'd have used, but I'm not gonna complain at this point. I'm kinda glad they're gone -- they were starting to weigh on me.
  2. The Same Thing 30ish Years Later

    I never thought I would be doing this again. About 30 years ago I made a wallet with a harness racing scene on it. Still in use today y my father-in-law. Last week I was asked if I could make it again. Someone wanted it for their 85 year old grandfather who kept horses all his life (and still has one). Proving, no matter what your wife says, you should never throw anything out, I was able to find my original mylar tracing pattern. For the younger folks on the forum, to put the time frame between projects in perspective, when the first one was done: The internet did not exist. Portable cell phone weighed 5 lbs and you carried in a bag the size of your mothers purse. Fax machines were the new technology rage. I had just gotten my first laptop. It had 640K memory, 10 mb hard drive and cost $6,000. No such thing as a digital camera, let alone one in your phone. First three pictures are the 2018 version. Last two pictures are the 1988 ish version.
  3. Tri-Leg Stool Seat

    Finally got up the nerve to dye this project. Tri-leg stool seat with a "fierce fish" carving (modified tattoo design). Carve this about 6 month ago but did some practice on smaller pieces before deciding how to do the dye job. 9 oz veg tan. Fiebings dark brown dye, neatsfoot oil, Tandy Ecoflo chestnut hi-lite stain, many coats of 50/50 Resolene/water top coat sprayed on with an air brush applied in that order. #9 copper rivets to attach the leg pockets. On to the legs...
  4. I am new to leather work still and have a really hard time with tooling. I do really like the look of Sheridan style and would like a lot more practice. I have a bunch of squares that was given to me and just want to tool some completely. Maybe if one turns out well I may hang it as wall art and inspiration. Now the issue is I can't draw! I have never been big into drawing, painting or anything artistic. I decided I needed a hobby and decided I wanted to learn something that has always been around, and I chose leather Now at some time I hope by tracing many things I will learn to be better at design. If anyone cam help I would appreciate it. The leather I have is 7.75 x 7.75 inch. If anyone is willing to send me designs I would appreciate it. This is the only tooling I have done and I want to improve!
  5. So I have lived on this forum since I found it and discovered my love for leather products, especially what ever I happen to make....(DISCLAIMER: I am a no on and have not made to much besides a bunch of scrap I can't find beauty in. But it always is taken as an object to learn from, even if I take my diamond chisel and practice my hand sweing!) So to my topic, I see a lot of discussion about stamps, surfaces, thread, machines, and so on. But I have not seen anything as far as what tool you prefer to use as a striker? I happen to have access to a wood lathe and have become pretty decent at using it. This is my maul. Roughly only a month old. It measures in at 9 inch long with 3 inch inch surface, 2 1/4 inch thick. Weighs 9 ounces with the help of lead shot core. As you can tell it does dent easy, but so easy to fix and replace, it works.
  6. Hi forum! It's been a long while, but I figured I would post a couple pics of a holster I made recently for an XD. It was fun making it, not happy with the way the tooling came out, but the customer liked it-- I guess that's what really matters. This is the 2nd holster I made, so any feedback on the tooling or if you have a comment about it, please let me know! Thanks for viewing, -JW
  7. Here's a piece I just finished up. I'm still a bit rough around the edges
  8. Hello from Wyoming (name tells you I'm a transpant). Need some guidance to tool this small detail I'm using as an onlay. Horses mane, and all the nooks an crannies, are challenging me. Will be using this logo onlayed/tooled onto smaller items, to include totes, headcovers, wallets, etc. Hand painted, to date. Mostly using canvas and chrome tanned leathers. Size is no more than 4" high, as seen in pic. Need to go down to 3". Recommendations to find smallest tools, and techniques to consider. I appreciate any help. Tammy
  9. Hi all, Here's a look at my first leather project in about 10 years, thought I'd share. I'm calling this a prototype due to it being pretty rough around the edges.
  10. Box

    Finished one of two boxes for watches, still need to do the pillows.
  11. I’m hoping someone knows where Tandy’s veg tanned leather comes from, specifically their tooling leather, harness leather and the European single bends that they sell. Any insight would be much appreciated. I'm in Canada, I'm not sure whether that changes things considering Tandy has locations around the world. I would just like to know which tanneries they buy from.
  12. I’m here to confess my curiosity about Stricking / Tooling Sticks, along with my lack of knowledge about them. I am hoping this community can help me to understand the construction and use of these sticks so I can reproduce one or two for myself. I am very excited to try tooling with one. I have some these sticks that similar to a maul. Others I’ve seen are 18” to 20” long. Some with both ends square and a handle in between, others with square end and tapered to the opposite end. I’m somewhat confused as to the use of the longer version. Questions: 1). Is the extra length just there for counter balance? Also used like a maul? 2). Or is the extra length used of the lever point, using it and the elbow resting on the table as the pivot point? I have purchase enough Katalox I believe to make a long and a short version, but need your help/input before I can make the first cut. Thank you Tane
  13. Hi guys, I'm relatively new to leatherwork, and brand new to the forum, so I hope someone can help! I've only played around with a few belts until now, with modest success, but I stumbled upon a BEAUTIFUL guitar strap made by singer Johnny Fritz and I was hoping to do something similar. I have attached a picture. In particular, I noticed some linework that doesn't seem to be done with the usual beveler/backgrounder. I'm referring to the arrows near the middle, or the 3 little { shaped marks above the word Ezra. Even the letters of the name Ezra appear to be done by hand. It may well be that I'm just too inexperienced to know it, but I can't imagine doing this with the standard set of tools I have. It seems like it's more of an outline, an even trench tooled into the leather. The arrows, for example, don't appear to be raised or lowered, but simply flush with the surface of the leather, and the outline is uniformly indented. Any idea how this is achieved? Lastly, the colour on the letters is very clear, is that just painted on after antiquing? I hope someone can help! Thanks in advance. Ben Huckleberry, Adelaide, Australia.
  14. When I was starting to work with leather, my brother-in-law gave me a box of all his scraps. Most of it was latigo. A few years later, I wanted to build myself an archery quiver, as I shoot archery tournaments at Renaissance faires. I decided to try working with that box of scraps. I came up with a completely unique design, and tried tooling a bit on a couple scraps I wasn't using. After a few failures, I decided, with little actual training from an experienced leather worker, to try carving my designs, then try to tool it from there. I started by carving my designs first, then I laid a wet cloth on the leather until it started absorbing the water, then began tooling. SUCCESS! I created an incredible looking quiver, with a lot of great Celtic knotwork and my personal emblem on it. I brought it to the local leather supply to show a friend that worked there, and has since been promoted to district manager. He looked it over, complimented me on the work, but said it shouldn't have worked using latigo leather. It actually only took me two days to complete the carving and tooling for all the panels, but assembly took about five days, and lots of blood from sticking myself with the needles. I'll post a few pictures in a few hours as I have to unbury it from my mobile workshop.
  15. My 4th Project

    So I did this recently for my Son for his birthday. I'm new to leather. I started about 4 or 5 months ago. This is my fourth leather project and I am in need of some serious critiques. I struggle most with dyeing and coloring to get the effect or results I want. Any pointers or constructive criticism is very welcomed. Thanks and Cheers, Leland
  16. Dying

    Hi All, I have tooled this dragon onto 2mm veg for my daughters laptop cover. She would like it dyed black, but will it stand out in black? I was going to antique it then dye it light brown. What do you all think? Thanks. T
  17. I can finally post these now that the contest is open. A special commission to create custom knife sheaths for TripleX Knives in Nova Scotia (www.xxxknives.com) for a global Instagram contest they are running. If you have an Instagram account to can view the contest details here until October 5th: https://is.gd/k8oE6I Large knife has a 9" blade. 30 deg cross draw with a removal dangler option. Small knife is a 3.5" blade with a dangler. Had free reign on these so took the opportunity to work on my carving and coloring techniques.
  18. Hello, everyone! My mom is on a trip so I decided to make a surprise for her when she gets back. This purse is from 6 oz. veg tan and lined with suede. The strap is 8 oz. I hand tooled all of it from a pattern in a book. It took me an estimated total of 30 hours from start to finish. Let me know what you think! (My mom hasn't seen this yet!)
  19. Moar Bracelets

    So how best to put brand new tooling stamps through their paces? Well for me, leather cuffs! Been having loads of fun with my brand new scale set, and with seeing how different colors look with them. Another neat one that shows off some of the metallic sheen I've put on it, plus a horween 5 strand for fun.
  20. Newbie from the Twin Cities

    Hello! I'm new to the world of leatherworking and I'm looking gain as much knowledge as I can! I have an interest in constructing leather armor pieces, bags, and other accessories along the way and to improve my tooling skills to add beauty to those pieces! I'd love to make friends in the community and would love to hear any tips or tricks you have for someone making their first foray into the craft. If you're in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region I'd love to know what stores you go to or if there are any interesting leather conventions/guilds around. Thanks! Elli
  21. This is the first project I've posted about...Tandy Bullseye holster kit for a 6 inch S&W 686...I've created several rejects trying to make my own pattern for this one, so I thought I'd try a different route. I'm hoping that through finishing a pre-cut pattern I'll see how things come together so I can move forward with my own holster patterns. Any advice will be appreciated... Below pic shows beveling and bordering done...stamping tri-weave tonight, and then wet molding tomorrow. I have read quite a bit about this process and decided to go the tooling then forming route to see how it works out. Also, if anyone can give me tips/best practices about posts, posting pics, etc., I'd really appreciate it...thank you!
  22. I'm new to the the leather game and want to charge enough to make a profit, however, I like to hook people up with one of a kind items affordably. What would you sell this for? It took me 4 hours to tool.
  23. Haven't posted any projects for a while. Made a new phone case for wife. 4/5 weight.leather with magnetic clasp. 3 card slots ( full with 9 cards). Saddle stitched six stitches per inch.
  24. Hey guys - Here's a bifold wallet I just finished for myself. I decided on a crab design because I'm from Oregon and we love our dungeness there and am also a Cancer in the zodiac thingy. Initials are on the front, crab design on back. Traced it from a real picture of a dungeness I found on the internet. Stitching is tandy brown polyester. Edges beveled and then burnished with gum tragacanth. Made it from a 4-5oz single shoulder from Tandy but had to skive it down a bunch so it wasn't too thick. More pics at www.instagram.com/leathercrabwallet Please let me know what you think. Thanks! Ted
  25. So after a few ideas and some thinking, I've finally come up for a solution to my hand cramping when I'm tooling, especially beveling. Just put a small preferably round or cylindrical object under your ring finger, and wrap the finger around it while tooling. It supports the hand and, at least for me, prevents it from cramping or falling asleep. Notice the piece is not quite at the base of the finger in the picture. This is the proper placement of whatever object you're using. Curl your ring finger around your chosen object. Though you can't really see it, the piece is still in my hand in this picture. It also doesn't get in the way of anything I'm doing. I hope this helps out! Give it a try. Let me know what you think. I've got a couple of ideas for improvement already, one is to use a bead with an elastic loop around my finger. The other is a design for a fingerless support glove with a leather band across the area I've been holding the object to keep my hand from fully closing like it does without holding something there.