Last night I tooled up one of the skirts - Just a simple border pattern set 3/4" in from the outside edge.
Here it is sitting under the rig...
And then I cut out the cantle filler / cheyenne roll stiffener...It's out of 10oz Hermann Oak - and skived to a feather edge where it fades into the seat.
Once the barge is dried up solid i'll really wet down the outside edge and pull and glue it down onto the single ply that is the start of the cheyenne roll.
Once that's done I'll sta
Hello. I am trying to figure out where I can buy needles for a Durkopp CL 17-1-1 sewing machine. I found a post on here from around 2011 with some very good info on that model, and they said that they were still able to get needles and bobbins for it, but not other parts. The rest of the machine is in great working condition. If anyone can shed any light on this for me, I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!
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Dang - Just typed up a whole entire update and the thing deleted somehow. This post is going to contain a lot less detail!
Anyhow - Life has been busy so haven't put in much time in on this thing, but here is progress from Saturday and last night.
Rigging plates installed saturday. I like to glue mine in as well as fasten mechanically.
Last night I blocked on my skirts and cut them to the bottom profile I wanted: Also, this time i'm not lacing my skirts all the way to the back tip.
So I finished the tooling on my leather belt today. I'm pretty happy with the outcome. Next I've got to make the holes for hand stitching.
My initials in a sort of anchor design
11/02/15- Okay so today I made a pattern for the back of the belt onto tracing paper which I then transferred to the leather. I also cut the pattern in with a swivel knife.
Here is the design I drew. The water is flowing out a Cuthulu/Zoidberg like sea monster before turning into waves.
I transferred the pattern onto the leather.
Cut the right side using a swivel knife.
Cut the left side.
I'm very happy with the pattern and look so far. Sadly that is all I had time to do today.
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So I recently made a helmet with a wave design on it taken from a famous Japenese painting the 'Great wave of Kanagawa'. After making it I remembered I'd picked up a cool looking rusty belt buckle from Tandy leather store and decided it would make a nice design to use with the buckle.
Here is the helmet and wave design:
Here is the buckle:
So I have made a start. The leather I have at hand was very thin so I decided to double it up, sticking it together to stitch after I have tooled and d
I'm brand spanking new to leather crafting. I bought a starter kit with patterns and projects, the first set of instructions tells what to do with the swivel knife. When I get to the next pattern it doesn't. Question, do I cut all of the traced lines on the pattern, like I did in the first project.
Here is the latest progress:
Rigging plates are all tooled up and have one sewn and riveted, the next is ready to sew and rivet.
While I waited for glue to dry I built some stirrup hobbles - These are 1/2"w and set-up for 2.5" stirrup leathers. Jeremiah Watt buckles. Used 1/8" beader to create edge detail.
For my rivets - I know there is a lot of debate surrounding 'doming' rivets. I certainly agree that too heavy of a dome is undesirable - However, I purchased the domers f
When buying leather hides several customers aren't aware that the raw material used to produce leather has a large impact on the price. Cattle farms are located all over the world and are used primarily slaughtered for beef but certain countries and continents have different methods of raising cattle. The two most popular leather supplying continents are Europe and South America.
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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that brown is still the most commonly used color in upholstery leather, but since we are a leather supplier we have realized that several other colors of leather have grown in sales over the last year. We researched our color sales and found that red and burgundy colors have sold extremely well in the last year and have accounted for 12% of our sales. Gray accounted for 8% while another 5% of sales were in blue, and various neutral shades making up
Spent a little bit of time on saturday working on this - Re-made the cheyenne roll. First attempt went kinda bad so I decided to start over - Second attempt went smooth!
Not sure if you have see Dale Harwoods DVD's but he has some pretty good little tricks - One of them is to cut the bottom edge of the cantle back a little flat - That way you have to stretch the leather down and in - It puts a lot of tension on the top edge of the cantle filler so that when you go to fold the leather back to m
Several car owners and collectors are always faced with having to restore their car interior. Most consumers do not know that all leather is not the same and that certain leathers are better for automotive use. The three most popular types of leather are: protected/pigmented, aniline, and semi-aniline. Each of these are all genuine but have their own suitable application. Aniline and semi-aniline products are typically used for residential furniture. Aniline leathers are the softest and most nat
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I really haven't had much time to work on this saddle as I have been very busy with work and a house I am renovating - However, on Saturday between building a staircase and loading a bunch of square bales I was able to get this final ground seat piece in - Overall shape is comfortable - I wish it was a little flatter in profile up front...Less rise I guess is what I mean.
Ground seat shape is so subjective. I am very slim. My pin bones are right there. To me a ground seat with a little dome t
Hi, can anyone here help advise me in regards to which is a good quality servo motor. Sewpro, Enduro, Sewquiet, etc. I plan to use it on a singer 51W55. I would like to be able to sew 1/4'' thick leather slowly. Thanks a lot
So on Saturday I got the ground seat for this rig started - I use an all leather ground seat based off of the tutorial provided by Steve Brewer in the saddle construction forum on this website.. I like the all leather for the simple reason that it gives me a lot of flexibility - Especially for an amateur maker - If you don't like how things are feeling you can skive away more leather.
On this one I still need to install the final cover piece, however want to make sure I am good and happy with
Here's my new saddle shop - It's really compact - 8'x10' - However that's all the room I had and it is definitely functional so far.
And here is my first saddle which has a few months of riding on it now...There are things I am doing differently on these next saddles based on having used this one.
Some differences will be: Narrower cantles - 12.5" instead of 13" wide. Less cantle dish - 1" instead of 1.5", stirrup leathers will be 2.5" instead of 3", trying to get a flatter
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It's been a while since I've posted anything, so this might not get shown where I want it to. For someone who has only been working leather for only a few months, you are really good. Some people are not this good even at ten or more years. You have a talent for this work and all I can say is ....... don't stop now.