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    Tooling and molding leather. Saddle making. Improving my skills.

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  1. awnova

    Practice piece

    I just realized I never posted a pic of the finished piece! I turned it into a notebook cover for work (I get paid to attend meetings apparently) and have been using it since December. It is holding up well and it gives me something to focus my creative attention on when it diverges from the meeting at hand
  2. awnova

    Practice piece

    I considered it, but once I got going decided not to. I might revise this pattern with what I learned and try it the way you suggest though. Just to see. Thank you for your thoughts!
  3. awnova

    Practice piece

    Thank you Gary, I can't even tell you how much difference having a new Barry King swivel knife makes in my work!
  4. awnova

    Practice piece

    Thanks YinTx, me too!
  5. awnova

    Practice piece

    Lol, no, I guess not. Always looking to stretch myself and still looking for a style that really suits/appeals to me.
  6. I took a 2 day carving class put on by Doug Krause in late October. I designed this 8.5x11 panel to challenge my designing, knifing and tooling skills. Finally found time to finish the tooling today (after my husband made two new tools for me). I'm thinking of trying resist for the first time. Wish me luck!
  7. Hi Bobby. If I understand your question... the deerskin bag is a 32" diameter circle. Previous iterations have been two half circles depending on the hide. I either turn the edge over or add a contrasting strip to finish the edge. I then punch the holes for gathering the top, lay it on the tooled center, glue, then sew. Best situation is an oval so the pouch can expand side to side and not just front to back (learned that the hard way).
  8. This is the fourth backpack, the first one I kept since I needed to test the design (and because all the mistakes leap out at me) The top flap kinda limits how full you can go. 1st, 2nd and 3rd pics attached. Since I'm getting so much feedback here, what price would you put on one of these? I struggle with that, just as pretty much everyone does...
  9. Thanks YinTx. I found a bag Pinterest from a maker in France... spent some time with graph paper and recreated it based on what I thought it needed to work for me. Oh, thank you! I can't wait to try that!
  10. You guys are amazing, so positive! That's not always been my experience with online forums! More pics as requested...
  11. That's funny... I guess that nice grey hide I have means the next pack might have to be less dainty
  12. I belong to the SCA and am a sometime worker of leather. I made this chamfron for my horse a while ago. It was influenced by a Tibetan artifact originally made from metal plates over silk. She doesn't mind it and now I'm looking forward to building a matching crinet!
  13. Yes, the main pouch has a drawcord with manual tensioner. It looks open here because I didn't have it cinched down. And theft is the reason I put the hidden pocket in the back.
  14. The weather wasn't cooperating yesterday for photos, but I have a couple more... And my favorite tip I've picked up from this group... drawer liner to prevent distortion while tooling!
  15. The weather wasn't cooperating yesterday for photos, but I have a couple more...