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  • Birthday 02/28/1961

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    Oregon, NW, USA, PNW, Americas, Earth, SOL, 3rd Planet,45°34'05.5"N 122°41'36.8"W 45.568187, -122.693547
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    Horses, guns, horses and more guns.

    did i mention leatherwork? Not doing so much leather work now. Trying to downsize some of my life and keep on working, saving for retirement and travel.

    More Travel now. Less horses unless i can pickup a ride on my travels.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    so far, lots of english tack repairs, brow bands, holsters, gun belts and anything i may want to make.
  • Interested in learning about
    horses, saddle making.....

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  1. regarding conveyor belt... you may want to be careful on whats IN the belt. Some may have some steel webbing inside.
  2. welcome, i get it that it would be cool if you could get the easy answer for things. But this will be something you need to ask the customer and some of its by experience too. consider.... > will the holster be lined? If so, what with? > some people are making dual material holsters now such as Cordura/Leather, like those Cordura/leather saddles. Im surprised it took this long. > some people WANT a holster with no body too! > i made some knife sheaths where they were more or less just suede. No body and no support. Just for show i guess. Chances are you will be making some "oops" holsters where you will screw it up and have to start over. Every time i make a new holster and pattern, i forget to mark what side up for right and left and then what side up flesh/hair side to make a right or left hand holster. Its a (re) learning experience for me. you dont have a location in your profile so i will assume you are in the USA and have some leather shops nearby. But i would go to any leather shops in your area and buy some leather of different thicknesses and do some testing. At my local shop they have barrels full of scraps of various size, shape and leather types inducing furs too. So if im willing, i can rummage through them to find various weights if i want. They also have some "bellies" that have SOME good material left on them to use. I will sometimes get them to make some prototypes/pattens or test various things. If you are going to get into this hobby then you may as well get used to having some leather of various weights on hand. Either for you or for a customer. fwiw, i have from i think 5 oz to 11 oz for various projects i have had over my time doing leather work. Iirc i have used 5 to 8/9oz for my holsters and again, it would depend on what i was making and for whom and if it was lined or not. im sure others will chime in with an answer for you, but i think in the end you will find out the hard way, you will need some various weights.
  3. have you tried to make any X or Y changes in your page setup or scaling?
  4. i just googled for some sewing prototype services..... here are some links. But i will let you contact them if you want and maybe they can help or direct you to what you need/want. note that i have NOT used any of them. I know you want some guarantees but sometimes you will need to test the waters yourself. Before you do anything, i would sit down and have some questions jotted down so you can ask them and be prepared. Shop rate/costs? cost for prototype(S) and how much for 1 or 100000? who provides what, such as materials? who owns the intellectual/property rights such as pattens? any Non disclosure agreement? any non compete agreement? how much up front if any and so forth. good luck... https://www.wcsewco.com/services https://www.bagproducts.com/prototypes/ http://www.protosew.com https://designlinesgear.com again, i have not done what you want or used any of the above, but ive worked for mom & pop shops that made custom automation equipment and you pickup some thing when discussing things in meetings with teh customers. Also, if i were to do what you think you want to do, this is how i would start. Eventually you will to get on that horse and ride - or not. Its just the nature of the beast. some personal comments/hints.. > KNOW WHAT YOU WANT !!!!. I mean that because no mfg wants a customer that wants to change horses mid stream. you may get away with it 1 time, but keep on doing it and watch your cost go way up. > ask (alot) of questions. If you have ANY question ask. And dont walk away until you have that question answered TO YOUR SATISFACTION! > since you will have a prototype, use that as your jump off point. make sure everyone knows its YOURs and your prototype. If you want changes on it, mark it up somehow. Maybe apply some masking tape and write on it with an "arrow - triple stitch here" for example. OR take a photo of each side and the inside and mark up the photos. Dont do the hand waving thing where someone can interpret your ideas - wrong. > if you know the specs of the material such as Cordura 1000 not 500, then i would specify it. Specify everything you can so that there is no question of what you want material wise. If you have any Velcro on your bag, you may want to note there are various grades of velcro. You can get some cheap stuff where it may only last so many cycles. Every have any velcro on something where the fuzzy gives out after so many uses? well, you may have control over that. > there are other things too, but you may have some OTJ learning. good luck and have fun.
  5. Sorry, i dont have first hand experience. I delt with others and have people approach me to make more than 1 item. I think you will be better off looking for someone in the USA so there isnt any duties/customs issues. You will pay more for local talent (less profit for you) so that maybe an issue? I was making some custom brow bands. one off units and someone else approached me to make millions. at the time i was 1 man show with a 9 to 5 job, so making millions wasnt going to happen. Im not sure who the person when to but i mentioned CHINA anyway since alot of tack is sewed (made?) there. I believed that person was able to find someone to do the work but lost contact with that person after they got what they wanted from me. You can contact the person given in the other post and see what they say. If you want more than 1 off, then you are going to have to deal with that and all the issues, suppliers and so forth. Dont forget chances are you will not be their only customer so you will have to play by their rules and timeline/schedule. If you are gung ho, you can start your own business. Im not that driven and is why i work 9 to 5, but i also dont take my work or headaches home with me. Work to live, not live to work so to speak. You can look/find some local people that sew and if you are lucky, they will have their own machines and go from there. I think there are people out there that do things like this and have a network of people to get it from "drawing board" to "reality" but i forget the details. personally i think you are in for some fun. good luck.
  6. welcome, CHINA. stuff like that is all in CHINA. unless you want to try to find a local mfg/assembler. What you may want to do first is to have a prototype built or modeled up so you can show someone a model or the real McCoy. if you have any fabric shops in your area, i would also go there and get some material swatches or look for "Outdoor" fabrics. there is a place up in seattle called "seattle fabrics". I will let you do your research on them. but you can order some swatches if you want. also, if you go to those local shops, look for a "for sale" board or sometimes similar. You may find people wanting to to sew or have things sewed. and then you dont say if you want 1 off units or billions. i dont have anyone that i used, but you can try googling or google for local mfg/assemblers and see what happens. last comment. you may want to look for a "Thomas Register" the last time i saw one was at my 1st job but they are books at that time with registered mfg of various things. Its sort of like a yellow pages of mfg. There was a whole series of them that took up a couple shelves. you maybe able to find them online. i would also use your google-fu and google for mfg/assemblers. fwiw, i make my own bags. But they are 1 off units and are specific for my needs at that time. something else you want to consider. Is your intellectual property rights. If you outsource, you can more or less kiss your idea goodbye and if it becomes popular (whatever that is to make $$ in someone eyes) then your idea maybe made by someone else. So just be aware of what you do and what you expect. If you want, you can also contact any bag mfg or a mfg of "tactical" gear and see what they say. You may not get anything from it other than to see your idea being sold by someone else, but it will depend on your endgame. good luck
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    welcome, dont be too shy.
  8. fwiw, if you want to tool your sheaths, go for it. but there is no rule book saying so. for me and when i was doing leatherwork, i could do patterns and such, but no freestyle or carving. My carvings came out like my pencil drawings....stick figure ish.. So when i made holsters or someone asked me to make one, i always told them, no tooling, just plane jane. They were happy with that and you can be too if you want. Eventually you will ask yourself, are you a knife maker, or a leather worker. Its you choice and you can change if/when you want.
  9. @Kskinner, thanks for the vid. Again, way cool. fwiw, when i was board, i made some elkskin gloves. IIRC, elk skin is great for repelling or keeping your hands intact from friction?. I did it on my sewing machine. But seeing how they did it by hand, made me realize its better by hand. But mine were a real B to get done. I was able to make 1 to fit my 1 hand -like a glove - LOL. but the other one is tighter. sewing it near the web of the fingers was the biggest hurdle. what i did was to get a work glove like they made with the middle piece and reverse engineer the glove, but using my hand as a pattern. it always amazes me that in this day and age, there are still people doing things like the by hand. But it would be real cool to see an automated machine... good luck on getting 1 made. If you are gong to have it made, you may want to get the drawings if they will give them to you and then get a BOM. You may see if anyone wants 1 or some made?
  10. im not sure about "shrinking" unless it got wet. But you may notice where the straps are fastened to the frame, the leather width maybe wider or the original width. whats a little blood loss (cash outlay) for a project. You can cheap out and buy cotton webbing. Have you looked at any belt blanks? also, as mentioned look at a hide and cost. have fun.
  11. Welcome, i googled for some horsehair inlayed bracelets and came up with the attached photos....Note they are not mine, just from google... https://i.etsystatic.com/6024747/r/il/2da5fc/2033517437/il_1140xN.2033517437_balg.jpg https://www.foreverentwined.net/leather-inlay-bracelets For what its worth, i did more or less the same with some english brow bands. But used some blingz. The shop owner did the blingz and i inset them into the broadbands i made. it was tedious work since i didnt have all the real estate (extra leather) to sew and had to handsew along a 1/8" to 3/16" wide leather. as mentioned by above, take your time to make the cuts and i would also use a scratch awl. If you practice on some scrap leather, you can make a fine mark so you wouldnt notice it if you were not looking. Something to consider is to try not to reinvent the wheel for everytime you make something. So, consider making a "template". If you are making the same cutout everytime. Or you can make multiple size templates too. If you have any craft stores/home improvement look for some flexible plastic. Clear would be good, but if you can find something flexible and easy to cut to make your temple, it would help. Or look at some thicker craft paper/press board or something like poster board. Regarding your sharp blades, get something decent to cut on so you dont dull it too soon. If they are disposable type xacto blades, consider getting a pack or multiple packs and change often. A dull blade is asking for trouble. You can buy them in bulk too, but it will depend on how much you think you will need it. If the leather you are using is too thin - whatever that is -, it may get squirrelly if you try to mark the cut lines. You can also look at a divider like this. This is from amazon. I dont work there or profit, just use the links since it fast/easy. https://rb.gy/dbzny4
  12. All i can say is COOL. It doesnt surprise me someone way back them came up with something like that. something to consider. You have what the creator didnt. A real unit to reverse engineer. I would just 3d model it up and use modern tools/materials. The base "U" part of that could be fabbed (welded) with plate steel. Maybe some steel flat bar. Spring steel is still available and that could be used as shown to enable the clamping mechanism. IT looks like that through bolt may provide tension adjustment? If thats the case, spring steel may not be needed. You could also put various springs ( K factors) on it to provide various clamping forces.
  13. Welcome back, I forgot to add. Im not sure how fast you want to get a machine, but also look for any Leathercraft trade shows. If you subscribe to the Leather crafters journal, they post when the next show is and location. Im not sure what is going to happen with COVID issues, but its something to keep in mind. There will be vendors there selling their wares and i bet you could test drive some of their machines. They may have some used machines there or at their shop too. Also, look for any sewing machine shops too. Chances are they wont have any that are heavy duty enough, but it doesnt hurt to ask. Another thing, there are leather craft schools too. And again, not sure about how COVID has affected them. I think there was 1 in the midwest someplace. You can check with Craigslist. But unless the owner has used it, you may end up buying a headache. last comment. At the back of the journal are Leather Guilds info. So your Guild for MN is: Headwaters Leather Guild 952.913.8270 leefamav@gmail.com Mn. Minnesota.
  14. welcome, Something you may want to consider.... > looking for some leathercraft/sewing shops in your area. If you can move about and have to spend some time driving, consider doing so. Such as traveling to an adjacent state to find a shop. > look for a leather shop with sewing machines. manual and power as listed above. You can also ask them what they may have that will work for you - sight unseens and tested and a price or price range. But it may give you an idea if you want to make a trip or not based off the price. Since that will be the #1 reason. > consider taking some leather "scraps"/samples and make a trip of it. You can ask the shops if they are open and if you can bring some sample leather to try on their machines. If you want, you can give them the thickness & thread size and see what they may have on the floor/instock upon your arrival. > i would prepare the leather "scraps" as if you were making a sellable belt and maybe even with the hardware. If you sew after or before hardware attached? but consider your assembly process and where the sewing comes in. you may find that some part(s) may interfere with the machine. > if you have any saddlers/tack/harness repair people in your area, reach out to them and see if they may have a machine that may work for you. Its not like you will buy their machine, but to get an idea if it will work with what you have and then look for a similar machine. Again, consider if you have do a "day" trip to do this too. last comment... > if you hands are giving you issues, have you asked a doc about this or just living with it? but if you havent talked to a doc about this, its up to you. But to me, if your hands are giving you issues, not much you can do. Do the sewing if/when your hands are ok if at all, live with the issues and do the work or get a machine. good luck
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    buying leather

    Welcome, Ever consider ordering 1/2 hides of each country/type and go from there? Contact the sellers and see what they say. If they are hungry to sell you something, they maybe willing to send you a "sample". But i would make sure they send you a average/general representative sample of what you would get if you ordered more. You may want to check on any import duties you may get charged too. Even if something is less expensive outside of the USA, you may get that duty charge and then there goes any "savings" you may perceive. Its something may want to check on. Also, expect Customs to inspect any hides coming in for any invasive species or unwanted hitchhikers. last comment. You may want to consider just finding a local provider and buy some from them. Think of building a RELATIONSHIP with the provider. LEARN what to look for in any hide and so forth. They maybe willing to teach you too! If you dont know what to look for, you may get taken. Also, i found that by building a RELATIONSHIP with my provider, i was a known person and they would work with me or take more time to help when i needed. and to end this, i found that usually and bad piece of leather will have its use. So, if you get taken on any leather hides you will find a use for it. If you are learning, you can use it for that. Such as cutting/tooling/skiving..ect. good luck
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