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About ramrod

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  • Birthday 04/07/1960

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    syracuse ny...errr....durham, nc....err....denver
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    motorcycling, leatherworking.

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    watch straps, small items
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    stamping, finishing
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  1. resurrecting an oldie..... all great comments. in summary: i often do the same as immiketoo. prepunch the holes over a cutting board or similar and then stitch. not always. and. i have tried as the OP stated, to hold all of the tools in my hands as i fiddled with the stitching operation. no can do. i set down the needles. now, as regards awls, has anyone ever tried making their own? i have done it from old fashioned cut nails - or square nails as some might know them. they are very hard but grind down nicely to the desired shape. and they hold a nice point and stay sharp. just adding my 2 cents.
  2. i liked it! talking through the steps might be something to consider. someone who is just lurking and wondering if they want to get into this craft might want to know what you're doing and why. i like to know what size thread is being used. someone NOT in the craft might want to know what the bell knife is, what it does and why you're using it. loved the "cinematography", the low key music and the overall "mood" of the video. yeah....you need to make more. love that skiving knife!
  3. awesome looking hardware! i have been trying to find something like this. but the price....
  4. i agree that their prices are high. every single time i go there, i pay more than i expect to. but, this is offset by the fact that they are convenient. at any rate, i am buying more from ebay and the internet in general.
  5. just found some. check out acadia leather. it's one of their daily deals for today.
  6. you might try maverick leather. i've never bought from them, but i do go to their site to drool once in a while.
  7. well, i am a biker, but skulls are not my thing. it is just my opinion, but they seem to be the default biker carving. that being said, i can't see NOT allowing them to be posted. i just chose to not peruse the pages that they are posted on. now, profanity is quite another thing. i've seen and heard my share of it, and i try hard not to use it. i don't think this forum is the place for it in any form.
  8. it looks like pieces of microlam were used. that is very nice. it's long and perfectly straight. your friend did a great job.
  9. i have used those small propellant cans that you screw to the top of a glass container. forgive me - i can't remember the name. anyway, it gives a very even and nicely applied stain finish. the only problem is that you have to spray all day long to get enough to properly penetrate the leather. i found out the hard way when i finished spraying a piece of leather. it was beautiful. but i happened to have scratched it after drying and found that it was literally a surface coating of dye. i am all for dip dying and i do that when i can. but i have the same problem when it comes to large pieces.
  10. absolutely stunning! what a great imagination and a perfect execution. very nicely done. you made a great use of colors and texture. it reminds me of an old comic book. what would be cool is if you did several others in this style that, when put together, would make a complete picture. just a thought.
  11. you did a great job on this, jim. thank you for the hard work. it saves the rest of us a lot of time and trouble. i won't tell you the number of belts i've made that were way too small.
  12. i saw a video (or read) where someone said that singers can be fixed with hand tools - a hammer and straight slot screwdrivers - but you can't buy a singer screw in a hardware store. ironic. it seems thread sizes are a proprietory secret.
  13. i can't say for sure, but it's most likely a veg tan cow. perhaps it was burnished with something like a piece of glass to get it smooth and a bit harder. when that desk was made. they had only veg tan leather - and most likely cow. edit - now that i think about it, horse could have been used also. it's very smooth and has a firm hand to it.
  14. i bought some pigskin from tandy a while back. it's veg tanned and is very close to suede. i lined the last belt i made with it just for the reason you describe. it doesn't slip. i've made several belts with suede lining. yes, it might have to be roughed up from time to time, but it really grabs on. another thing i've noticed about wearing a belt - it often comes down to just how many belt loops are on your pants. i knoe for a fact that the newer levi's come with only five (??!!) loops. now, how cheap is that? there is just too much distance between loops to make your belt keep from riding up over your waistline. i have an older pair of levi's that has eight loops. just right. so now, when i get a new pair (i buy all of my jeans from ebay - cheapre, preworn, washed and broken in) i will take some loops off of my older jeans and add them to my new ones. yes, a bit off topic, but i think it's a bit relavent to belt comfort. it's not always the belt that's the problem.
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