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    Between Seattle and Tacoma
  • Interests
    Boots, shoes and bags. Traditional archery and fletching.

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    Still learning
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    All of it.

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  1. Aven

    Learning the Head Knife...an epiphany!

    I read your last comment whilst having my afternoon tea and I guess I was suddenly twelve again and it made me laugh.
  2. Aven

    Learning the Head Knife...an epiphany!

    That almost made me snort my tea.
  3. I honestly don't know how they compare to each other. They do have a much better selection than Tandy does, but I don't know how it compares to Oregon Leather. All I remember of my really quick visit to Oregon Leather was them seemed to have a much better " scrap" (I use that word very loosely) section. The stores are laid out very differently. Oh I don't know if it matters one way or another, both stores are owned by the same company.
  4. The only other real option in Seattle is McPherson's Leather. If you are planning to come down on a Saturday, be mindful of their hours. They are open from 10 to 3 on Saturdays.
  5. Aven

    Landis Leather Cutter

    I wanted to offer this here before I put it up on Craigslist. I have a Landis leather cutter that needs to move along to a new home. Its in great shape. The blade is sharp enough to cut through 11 oz latigo with ease. I would rather not have to ship this because it's so heavy, but I am willing to drive within an hour of Tacoma to hand it off to its new owner. I have $300 in it, but I'm entertaining reasonable offers. The forum software and I are fighting over photos, so if you want to see more, pm me your email address
  6. Aven

    Stitching Horse Plans

    Check out pages 98-104 https://ia802605.us.archive.org/32/items/farmwoodwork00roeh/farmwoodwork00roeh.pdf
  7. Gene, if you have some free time, check out this video and maybe give it a go. The guy used some seriously basic hand tools and still turned out a good knife.
  8. Thanks for the endorsement Bikermutt. I've saved his info. I like his "stainless steel press edge clamp" and his shoe bottom edge skiver. Actually, I like a lot more than that, but those two just got saved for when I've got a few extra pennies I don't know what to do with.
  9. Aven

    Male Nightingale Armor Skyrim - WIP

    Wow! That turned out awesome. Nice job Duke.
  10. Aven

    What's your favorite skiving tool?

    I did the same thing, ordered the big one first. When I got around to getting the smaller one, I didn't go "Where have you been all my life?!?" I just found myself reaching for it more often. It may or may not mean anything, but I don't have large hands. I can do an octave on the piano, but it is a hard stretch. I've also have arthritis in both my thumbs, so maybe that 1/4" makes a difference in comfort, I don't know. I try not to think about anything but where the knife point is when I'm skiving. But I do use the larger one often enough to want keep it around. So.... you might find that the larger one is all you really do need. In another one of her videos, Lisa shows how she does all the skiving for the inlay/overlays she does on the boot uppers. Of course she makes it look so easy, after how many years of doing it? But she uses a marble lazy-susan to work on that really seems to make it easier, more efficient. So now I look for a marble lazy-susan every time we good into Value Village. Worst case, I don't use it for skiving and put tool stands on it instead.
  11. Aven

    What's your favorite skiving tool?

    1+ on Lisa's skiving knives. I have both sizes even though I find myself grabbing the smaller one most of the time, I'm glad I got the larger one as well. Keeping them sharp has been easy, just strop them. Easy to use too, but if you dig through Lisa's youtube videos, she does one on skiving that is worth the watch if you struggle with skiving.
  12. Mike is kindly selling stock that he has a lot of or was part of a deal but he isn't going to use.
  13. Aven

    Made with honor.

    Well done Mike! Good on your godson for choosing to serve. My uncle was a firefighter in his younger days. I loved and respected him even more when I found out.
  14. That's an awesome weekend bag. You did a splendid job of it. Would you mind sharing a link to Tony's page. I would like to check out the pattern, but my google-fu is weak. Thanks.