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    stitching and braiding
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  1. Hi MarieH, Help is at hand for you in Australia pending Covid restrictions. Check out Dimensions in Leather from Brisbane, Birdsalls in Sydney, Makers Leather in Tasmania or perhaps some of my contacts here in Victoria are just some starting suggestions. All the best Jim
  2. May I suggest you try electrolysis to remove rust from any iron or steel components. There are youtube instructions available. You need a charger for a normal car battery, a plastic tub, a piece of scrap iron as a sacrifice object and a sodium carbonate solution. This method does not remove metal from your piece to be cleaned compared with filing or grinding. Trust this helps Jim
  3. mtown, there are few options for workshops at present, but Birdsall's in Sydney or Leffler's in Melbourne are worth a try once things get back to 'normal'. I am in northern Vic, and am a member of Goulburn Valley Leathercrafters, but we are not meeting at present either. Keep plaiting Jim
  4. Well done for a first try mtown, could I suggest that you attend a workshop or two at one of the leather merchants in Eastern seaboard capitals, or with an experienced plaiter . This will set you on the road to success. All the best, Jim
  5. Thanks for your interest Brian. Claimed to be the "World's Longest Whip" when made in Echuca in 1885, is the 115ft kangaroo hide whip on display at the Echuca Museum, along with displays relating to the city's Paddlesteamer history. Well worth a visit following Diversity of Leather event.
  6. Diversity Of Leather is being held in Echuca, Victoria , Australia on March 7th and 8th 2020. Featuring demonstrations and workshops by a master saddler, harness maker, bit and spur maker, a tanner as well as braiding, leather art, beginner and advanced leather carving and tooling. There will also be trade stands by major suppliers to many facets of leather industry and crafts. Contact DiversityOfLeatherfb or diversityofleather@gmail.com Event organised by Jenni's Shed Tongala and Goulburn Valley Leathercrafters Association Inc.
  7. Hello Handstitched' I believe the "Tom" who was the owner of the Bohlin saddle book, may have been the late Tom Lay, a very keen West Australian leatherworker who attended some of the 'Dimensions in Leather' conferences in Brisbane, Queensland during the 1990s. He sometimes submitted articles to The Leathercrafters and Saddlers Journal and had also attended Leather events in USA. Although I only met him a couple of times, he struck me as a very kind and friendly person. I remember him telling us how he had seen a Native American design in an old Western movie, and in the days before dvd or video cassettes he had a friend run through the reel to reel film to find a "still" of that design that he then transferred to leather, and displayed at the conference. Hope this may be of some help, Jim
  8. I have a Blanchard knife exactly the same as the one pictured. Its original owner was a saddler from NSW Australia whose name was Charles Arnold. His father was renowned Sydney saddler Frank Arnold, maker of 'Bosca Saddles'. This was in the early 1900s. The saddlery was in Sydney near Randwick racecourse and Charles and his brother[also a saddler] travelled around to cattle and sheep stations repairing saddlery . I would estimate the knife would have been purchased new in the 1920s. It has been well cared for, with a nice ''ring'' to it, and it keeps a good edge.
  9. To ensure a better result with drive punches and my rotary punch, I have a cake of beeswax that I use to lubricate the inner and outer surfaces of the punch. I just poke the punch into the beeswax and rotate it once or twice before punching. In theory and practice, this helps the punch through the leather. Note that punching into oily or waxy leather is always easier than dry leather. Hope this helps someone, Cheers Jim
  10. Hi Cogs, As a base for floating dyes for marbling, I use wallpaper paste mixed as per instructions for hanging wallpaper. It is ready to use straight away. The only science to know is that you should use oil or spirit based dyes, as they will float on the surface of the water based paste, just like the dreaded oil slicks on waterways or the sea. Water based dye will tend to mix with wallpaper paste. This is my experience here in Australia, so I don't know about wallpaper paste in USA. Marbling is a good way to use discolored or 'pink' veg tan, but best results come from clean fresh leather. Cheers Jim
  11. Last week I found the series by Pete Gorrell in the LCSJ. Issues are 1999 May,July, Nov, 2000 Jan,May ,July,Sept, 2001 Jan,May, July, Sept,2002, March, July, Nov, 2004Jan, 2007May. There was also a series by Dave Jones from July 1987 to Jan 1990.[not all issues] Hope this helps Jim
  12. The knot you describe was shown in Make It With Leather many years ago was called Rein End Knot, but it is known here in Australia as a Kimberly Knot or a Gulf Knot , named after the regions in Northern Australia it has been used. Cheers Jim
  13. Patterns for U S Cavalry Saddlebags were featured in Leathercrafters and Saddlers Journal Vol 4 No 6 Nov/Dec 1994 by Karen Thompson Bullock, and Jan/Feb 2004 and Mar/Apr 2004 Vol 14 Nos 1&2 by Verlane Desgrange. Cheers, Jim
  14. Hi Spindrift57 The patterns you are looking for were printed in the Leathercrafters and Saddlers Journal in an article by the late Verlane Desgrange. I will check which one tomorow and let you know . Cheers, Jim PS . A search on Verlane Desgrange on Leatherworker.net will give you some information
  15. Hi Newbie 29 Greenhalgh Tannery near Ballarat, Victoria do veg tan cowhide and also do roo skins. Check out www.gretannery.com.au Cheers Jim
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