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  1. Looks good and well made. I like how the quick release buckle has that leather flap under it.
  2. Looks solid, as always. Your font is spot on, very nice touch.
  3. Looks real good, sort of a modified sheath design. i make those as well, but mine are based off of a dice cup design. I started using button studs b/c people were complaining about the snap being too difficult to close when they're new. People with "fur babies" call them a diaper bag instead of bag dispenser.
  4. Very creative. Did you plan it out or just throw it together using scrap? I could see it as a key chain or bag charm for a photog or hobbiest.
  5. Great idea, solid design and construction. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration, I bet you end up selling a bunch of those. I went to super zoo earlier this year and there were a few manufacturers with LED collars, but none as nice as what you posted.
  6. Welcome back sir, I have also missed your straight forward advice and outlook.
  7. Per your request Billy P - My condolences on your recent loss, I hope my own dogs live that long. Congrats on the 2 chis, I actually have three myself (two of which are rescues as well). I look forward to seeing the harnesses that you make for your chis, when they're big enough. Thanks for the comment.
  8. Thanks for the feed back. This was the first project that I hand cut all the pieces with a knife, rather than a strap cutter, which is a big reason the edges look so bad. You can see that the width varies wildly in certain sections b/c of my lack of skill with a knife. Consequently I didn't sand the edges enough for fear of the making it more obvious that the overall width isn't consistent. Lack of skill with a tool is a poor excuse for bad craftsmanship, but this is just the first project with a new tool (the knife I used). I also don't dye my edges, but maybe I should start. Again thanks for the feedback, I very much appreciate it.
  9. I made a more simplified version of the originally posted harness. The buckle / billet for the strap connecting the body strap to neck strap of the harness has been completely eliminated which makes it less adjustable (but it's for my own dog so it's custom fit). the top and bottom halves are hand cut, rather than multiple straps sewn together like on the original, which made harness much easier to make. I did far less cutting and sewing on this version which reduced the amount of time to make it. Any comments, criticism or questions are appreciated.
  10. the design and construction look solid, but I'm not a fan of the color and bling. Are they machine stitched?
  11. Welcome, your lucky in that the Hide house is so close to you.
  12. Osborne refers to their pricking irons as chisels.
  13. Thanks for the reminder, I keep meaning to check that out but keep forgetting about it. Wave mechanics - I'm essentially self taught, I've only taken two classes at Tandy. What I've learned from this forum, videos online and books has been more valuable than the Tandy classes. That's not to say there's no value in taking the Tandy classes but they felt like they were just following the stohlman books.
  14. Solid as always, I'm a big fan of your work. If owned a big dog I'd purchase one of your sets. I just got back from superzoo and there's a lot more companies making big breed collars and leads this year.
  15. I concur, Frank's really doesn't have much in terms of tools. They have tons of really good scrap leather if you looking to make a couple of small projects. Some of the people working there are flat out a-holes, so don't take it personal as that's just the way they are. I try and get the same guy to help me and he recognizes me now and just let's me wander and shop.
  16. Thanks for the heads up, I haven't taken a class at the Tandy in San Bruno since they initially moved into that location. I'm not surprised that they don't have classes any more as it was just two other people and myself in the last class I attended.
  17. If your in the city there's Frank in the mission if you need basic tools and small amounts of leather. The Hide house in napa has even more tools, leathers (for better pricing and volume) and supplies. There's also a Tandy in San Bruno that has classes.
  18. The attached picture, which I think I may have posted before, is a collar made with bridle which may answer all of your questions. Makers punch? You can see the punched lettering on the tag so I would say yes. Finish? I used a leather wax composed of jojoba oil, beeswax and canuba wax. Wrinkles? I would say that's dependent on the bridle leather your using. this pink stuff is stiffer and wrinkles more than latigo. Dye the edges? If you want the edges to match the leather than I would say yes. You can see the edges on this collar are much lighter, I don't dye my edges as that's just my preference. The problems I've had with unusually dyed bridle is that there's sometimes a thick top coat that doesn't take to finishing very well. This pink bridle isn't bad in that sense but I've got some red and green bridle where the edges don't finish well at all. Good luck, and please post your collar.
  19. Looks good, how did you finish your edges? I like your pictures too.
  20. Looks good, reminds me of my billingham camera bag.
  21. The construction looks solid, did you handstitch it all? The design of the bag that straps to your leg is unusual to me, is it designed for something specific? Real good stuff, thanks for sharing.
  22. Looks good, as always. I'm a big fan of your collars and I look forward to your posts.
  23. Kelly, if you can't find a clamp then maybe consider a colt stitcher instead. http://www.sheridanleather.com/Colt_Stitcher_p/colt.htm I ordered one awhile back b/c I also had problems finding a clamp. I like it a lot as you can just clamp it to your work bench and it's well made. The only thing I didn't initially like about it is that it sits at an angle but I got used to it.
  24. Unfortunately I don't but the next time I'm in one of the shops I'll take note and post back. They weren't made very well, you could feel the rope core under the cheap leather. The ones I've seen at superzoo were of a higher quality, you can probably google last years participants and check their websites. Yours looks really nice, well made and better than the ones I've seen. Good luck.
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