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  1. how about leaving lame political comments off the forum
  2. make sure the face of the cobblers hammer is polished smooth, no dents, dings, etc
  3. the black your seeing is the black neoprene that is glued to the steel pan.
  4. Thanks everyone, 'zacly what I thought. The person quoted in the OP has repeatedly claimed that there is "danger" in wet forming "vegitan" leather, that "moisture becomes trapped" and causes the leather to "rot from the inside out" if the piece isn't "dried correctly". Never have I had a problem nor heard that from anyone experienced in leather working. dude is such a loudmouth about it and says it so often that I wanted to get some other opinions....I guess hearing bs over and over can make us question what is true
  5. I don't think so, I've left some of my saddles outside 24/365 for a few years to see what happens and nothing like this developed. I do not use glue, if that lends any clues.
  6. This 1930s bicycle saddle was recovered in the 1990s, the person that covered this one passed away many years ago. Originally these saddles were formed veg tan top and bottom, with a layer of canvas between the leather and (felt or sponge rubber) padding on top and leather and metal pan underneath. This saddle was not reupholstered as original: the leather was wet formed then glued to neoprene padding. Here's what someone has suggested as to why the leather cracked in this way: "Although I do like the looks of veg tan leather...which is typically soakedso that it can be 'formed' to the contours of an object or seat pan, the inherent problemswith the process is the soaking. The leather...has a tendency to'rot' or decay from the inside out, the side of the leather that comes in contact with the seatpadding etc. I have seen a number of...saddles that have had the 'cracking fromwithin' occur. bummer. You are looking at the result of the process when it goes south. Thorough drying once covered is key to avoid thepotential for what you're seeing in the pix, but still no guarantee." I've done a fair amount of wet forming, talked to many leatherworkers, and have read many articles and books on leather and leatherworking. Never have I encountered anything to support the assertion that what said above is true. Can anyone shed some light on this?
  7. Thanks, just buzzed them and it's a no, and no leads. Anyone else? sure would like to find some. It used to be made in this weight, seems like someone might still do it.
  8. Anyone know where I can get thick veg tanned pigskin? thanks Scott
  9. Will do now, thanks! edit: "They are made at our factory overseas" I'm looking for this because I've had requests, no other reason
  10. coming up goose-eggs on my search for these, USA made, any help out there?
  11. You might look into photoengravers near you, should be able to make "deep etch" stamps for leather.
  12. Looking for #12 rivets/burrs in aluminum. founds some from packerdirect.com (credit pic below) but would like to find some in the US for cheaper freight. thanks, Scott
  13. I don't think it's so much a problem with "modern technology", but more with outdated forum software, and outdated file size restrictions. I'm on many much more active forums and uploading pics from mobile devices is simple.
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