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Ed in Tx

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    Grapevine, Texas
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    Leatherworking, woodworking

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    No specialty but prefer making holsters
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    Improving my holster making skills. Would like to learn how to do tooling, I am lacking in that area for sure.
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  1. Looking at a couple of the labels the leather is probably 3 1/4 oz in weight. That makes sense considering that it was used to make bellows. That is a lighter weight leather. Tannery Run or "TR" leather generally means that the hides are a mix of grades, some could be near perfect while others might have several flaws while the majority of the hides are somewhere in between quality wise. If you are serious about selling the leather you are going to need to show people what you have. You will not damage the hides by opening the bundles. Most people won't buy leather without seeing what they are buying. In addition not too many people are going to be willing to buy that much square footage all at once. If you are just wanting to get rid of the leather price it at $2 0r $3 a sq ft. and someone might be willing to buy it. Just my thoughts. Good luck, maybe somebody out there just can't live without it, you never know.
  2. Rahere, the issue with a lack of wide shoes exists here in the US as well. There is no uniformity in sizes between manufacturers and even between styles within the same makers. Ordering shoes online is a crap shoot because I never know if they are going to fit. Not all online sellers offer free return shipping and some even want to charge a restocking fee. You are not alone Bigfoot!
  3. Going up one needle size has helped me numerous times. I normally sew heavier leather and use A Cobra Class 4 machine but when I have had issues with fraying or stitch skipping when sewing some pieces a larger needle generally does the trick.
  4. Those are pretty cool looking coasters. I have been a fan of the Canadiens since I was a little kid watching games in black and white on Hockey Night in Canada in the early 60's. I worked in Montreal for a brief time in 1976 - 77. My boss was born and raised in Montreal and was good friends with the Richard brothers. He took me to the pub they owned at the time and I got to meet them. I got to go to several Canadien games while I was there at the old Montreal Forum. That is when Guy LaFluer was playing. Montreal is probably the coolest city I have even visited. The Metro was fantastic being able to go everywhere in the middle of winter and only briefly go above ground. Sorry to reminisce.
  5. Cable lacing twine is the same as what is used for leather lacing. The difference is the size of the cable lacing twine is larger, I believe it is referred to as 9 strand. Basically the same as sewing thread where you have various sizes from 69 to 138, 20, 277 etc. Cable lacing twine is normally either black or white in color and is always waxed. In my younger days I laced miles of communication cables in telephone company central offices. That is pretty much a lost art these days, cable ties are much quicker.
  6. Great looking working saddle. I think I have seen your saddles in Wichita Falls at the Boot and Saddle Makers Roundup. The saddles that are entered for judging at that show always amaze me.
  7. I bought a Cobra 4 about 6 years ago and have used it for all sorts of sewing. Belts and holsters, skeet bags, purses, wallets and a bunch of guitar straps. Give some serious thought as to your real need for all of the attachments. Mine came with everything except the electronic positioning. To be perfectly honest the only things I have used are the left and right feet and the slotted plate. You can't go wrong with the Cobra 4, it is very easy to use and the customer support from The Leather Machine Co. is top notch.
  8. What type and style of needle are you using? There are needle that have a right or left twist to them so the appearance of the top stitch will be slanted. If you are using a spear point or a diamond point needle you need to make sure the thread hole of your needle is square and not slightly twisted to either side.
  9. Great job on the ranger belt. Where did you get the buckle, keepers and tip? They are a perfect contrast to the belt color.
  10. A Ranger style belt would be the best way to go in my opinion. Even with that the main part of the belt should be a bit larger than the persons waist size. A small amount of overlap is best.
  11. Needles sizes are so damn confusing. I looked at the eBay listing and they have size 24 needles but I'm not sure the 135x16 will work in my Cobra Class 4 machine. It seems like every manufacturer has their own nomenclature for sizing.
  12. Fenice makes water based dyes that work extremely well. They are based in Italy and I am sure there must be some European vendor that carry the products.
  13. Where do you purchase the titanium coated needles? I normally use "goof off" to clean my needles when I have glue sticking to them but the titanium coated needles might be of some benefit when I sew belts. Thanks in advance..
  14. Tasco/Ritells tanning solution works well. Taxidermy arts carries the kit. www.taxidermyarts.com.
  15. The only true way to "TAN" a snake skin is with one of the reptile tanning kits Tiara mentioned. The solution of 50/50 alcohol/glycerin is NOT a tanning solution, it is strictly a preservative. I have had people use that method on copperhead skins and then want me to make them something with the skin. It doesn't work out well. When you use a true tanning solution you will see a change in the skin, instead of being almost see through the back side of the skin will be almost white. Tanning is a multi step process that changes the structure of the skin.
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