All Activity

This stream auto-updates     

  1. Past hour
  2. fredk

    Lots of Medieval Knives and Sheaths

    a. thanks for those pictures. I like how you look after the details, as on the sheath in the last photo with the double twist to the hanging thong b. afair the pieces were mostly from La Trinidad Valencera. There were some survivors of this ship and the local legends are that these men bartered their goods for food and safe passage. What I saw included a Missal book cover, a few cases for instruments, long gone, and a few other scraps of leather. Allowing for the 400 years, the leather was quite thin. I reckon it would have originally been about 2 to 3mm thick, about the same as you used. I saw these things in 1988, long before I took up leatherwork, at a special Spanish Armada Anniversary event. Whilst everyone else was looking at the Girona jewels, and the guns, I'm looking at wee scraps of leather! c. I think you are correct on that, that the design was just pressed into the leather with a tool, but certainly a 'back grounder' stamp type tool was used as well. d. ach, they're no so bad. At least your steel is better than the samples tested in that book. And you've not gone for the 'fantasy' medieval look on your knives. That really makes me ........
  3. ClanHowland

    Singer 143 Service Manual

    Actually this is exactly what I was looking for. At first I just looked at a couple of pages and dismissed it because I had already found this one but in lower quality. Looking at more of it I realized that I only had a partial manual before. So thank you very kindly!
  4. AlexOstacchini

    Lots of Medieval Knives and Sheaths

    Thanks all Woops, not sure how I missed this out, here you go. Thanks for the kind words, that wasn't the Girona by any chance? I only ask I as see you are from Northern Ireland- I was working in Belfast for a time last year and managed to visit the Ulster Museum while I was there, so may have seen some of the exact pieces you mean. Interesting about the depth of the tooling. With these I cut in the designs and opened them out with a modelling spoon, but I think with a lot of the real ones the patterns are simply drawn on with some blunt pointed tool without cutting into the surface of the leather. I have tried this but never with good results, so need a bit more practice I think. Early days for me with knife making and In retrospect they are a little broad bladed for eating knives of this period, so the proportions will be tweaked for the next lot. cheers! Alex
  5. ClanHowland

    Singer 143 Service Manual

    Thanks
  6. Today
  7. Scoutmom103

    Lots of Medieval Knives and Sheaths

    Wow. Those are beautiful both the sheaths and the knives. Thank you for sharing them.
  8. CowboyBob

    Singer 6-1

    It makes a regular lockstitch. Parts will be very hard to find if needed for it.
  9. DJole

    Lots of Medieval Knives and Sheaths

    ooh, those are SO nicely done! No photos of the backs, though? pretty please?
  10. RockyAussie

    Pfaff 335 Issue

    I agree fully
  11. Danne

    Watch bund strap

    Thank you
  12. YinTx

    Custom "Boxer" notepad cover

    Thanks! New owner should get it tomorrow, so we'll see how it goes over... YinTx
  13. YinTx

    Lots of Medieval Knives and Sheaths

    YinTx
  14. Wizcrafts

    Singer 6-1

    See this page on Ismacs for some details about the Singer class 6 machines.
  15. fredk

    Lots of Medieval Knives and Sheaths

    Those are mighty beautiful - an understatement. That is sure one amount of work there. The photography of them is excellent too, highlighting and showing off the stamping very well indeed. I have that book and your scabbards/sheaths really bring the archaeologists drawings (and remains pieces) to life One question: can I please see some of the seams on the back, just to see how you tackled them. As an aside: I was able to see and handle some leather work from a Spanish Armada ship and found that the stamping was very shallow, even for allowing 400 years of age
  16. AlexOstacchini

    Lots of Medieval Knives and Sheaths

    Hi all Something a bit different to the Western stuff I normally post here, and quite photo intensive i'm afraid... This is a batch of late medieval knives and sheaths, which as a very general outline date between 1300-1500 depending on the piece. The sheaths for these are all 2mm veg tan, with a back central seam and tooling inspired by originals. The main source of reference was 'knives and scabbards', which catalogues pieces found in the Thames. The two larger knives have double layered scabbards, which is a necessity as the hunting set is multi pocketed with effectively three sheaths bundled together, and the larger messer has an integrated belt. None of them have belt loops in the modern sense, but are instead suspended by hanging thongs, which are laced through slits in the back and seems to be the universal carrying method for this kind of knife. I had to go against all of my instincts with the tooling on these in an attempt for authenticity, so nothing is measured or plotted out in the way I would do a modern belt, and likewise the dyeing is much more straightforward, without the antiquing effects that would be used now. I have focused mainly on the sheaths here as this is a leatherwork forum afterall, but for anyone interested in the knives themselves they are all hand forged from 1080 or 1075 carbon steel, with either brass or steel bolsters and handles made from various native woods, which include yew, laburnum, walnut and apple. I hope you like them! Alex
  17. Memphis514

    Watch bund strap

    that strap is gorgeous
  18. Memphis514

    Small trucker/biker wallet.

    sweet
  19. msarANG

    Portrait. Leather carving & embossing.

    Wow! What a beautiful work!
  20. Yesterday
  21. Rossr

    Sheath, laced and lined

    Appreciated Frodo! Thanks battle I actually agree toxo . I usually do go under but figured why not try something different. It does fit the hand surprisingly well. Thanks
  22. Pintodeluxe

    Pfaff 335 Issue

    I'd be using a 120-125 size needle (#19-20) for 92 weight thread. Otherwise, there's too much friction as the thread moves through the eye of the needle.
  23. Mattsbagger

    Small trucker/biker wallet.

    Been a bit since I posted. Here’s a wallet 5/6 oz body 3/4oz interior. All Wickett and Craig. Black exterior saddle tan interior. Air brushed Fiebings Pro Dye. 6 spi Mid Brown Tiger Thread hand stitched.
  24. Northmount

    for sale

    @Jerdav73 Moved your post to the Marketplace. Please review the marketplace rules and add information about shipping. Will you ship, will you package for shipping, who pays shipping, etc. Tom
  25. Terrell

    Singer 6-1

    Hi, I’m new here. Does anyone know what type of stitch a Singer 6-1 makes? I am looking for a machine to make tents and an occasional holster. I checked on ismacs.net, but it doesn’t say specifically what stitch it makes. Thanks, Terrell
  26. fredk

    simple pouch for work friend

    That is very nice indeedy.
  27. toxo

    simple pouch for work friend

    Excellent! Just enough detail.
  28. Hockeymender

    Pfaff 335 Issue

    ^^^What Jimi said^^^
  1. Load more activity