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  1. mdawson

    Starting out tools required

    Hi Paul Ian Atkinson has a couple of videos on tools to start out which may help. Top 25 Recommended Leatherwork Tools More recent The Tools You Need for Leatherwork! Older Mark
  2. mdawson

    sizing tooling patterns

    Hi Josh As you working with MS Paint presumably you’re using bit mapped images such as jpeg, bmp etc. A simple way to get a precise size would be to place the picture into a word processor such as MS Word, Libre Office (free), Open Office (free) and use the picture tools to resize the image to the actual dimensions in mm or inches, then print without scaling. If you’re unsure how to do this I can put together a how to for you but unfortunately not until Tuesday, if that would help, let me know. Mark
  3. Hi Weaver Leather did a video on this using a strap cutter and an English Point punch. The Leather Element: How to Taper Leather Straps Mark
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    leather knot question

    Hi That is not a knot as such, you make 2 cuts along the belt towards the end dividing it into thirds, that’s toward the end not right to the end, then after feeding through the buckle, or snap in this case, you twist the three pieces into loops and feed the belt length through them. bit hard to describe without pictures but don’t have access to any right at the moment. i learnt this as an aussie bushman/drovers belt, if you google those terms it should come up
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    Satchel Design

    The shoulder straps are actually one long piece with a cow hitch through the top ring and snaps on the ends, unhook the snaps, pull through the cow hitch and you have a long strap which can be snapped onto the D rings on the gussets giving you a shoulder strap. Agree with fredk that the strain on the top O-ring could be excessive when used as a backpack but a clever way of building in 2 carry systems without having to carry extraneous straps. Perhaps moving the O-ring from the top of the bag to high up on the back with a doubling to spread the load would be a better option.
  6. mdawson

    Slap or blackjack ..

    I’d be trying the local gunshop, they sell lead shot for home reloading shotgun shells. mark
  7. mdawson

    Dry leather glue issue

    This is an old trick for storing opened tins of paint, no need to transfer it to threaded cap bottles unless you specifically want it in those bottles, just turn your tin upside down..... after making sure you got the lid on proper :-)
  8. mdawson

    Dyeing Porcupine Quills

    OK, I'll be the dumb one to ask, what the heck do you use porcupine quills for ? Mark D
  9. mdawson

    Modifying my shoes?

    Perhaps modify the existing straps to make speed lacing rather than eyelets. mark
  10. mdawson

    Knot help

    Also, a clever dog can undo a bowline if it's far enough from the collar to get their canines into it, when we tied our dog to her kennel we had to make sure the knot was close to the collar otherwise she'd undo the knot and jump the 6 foot fence :-(
  11. mdawson

    Which edge beveler ???

    Hey Don, I've heard that different brands size their bevellers slightly differently. list several brands of beveller and they quote the beveller number, width and recommended leather thickness. This is the list for Kyoshin brand, Craft Sha and Seiwa brands have very similar leather thickness recommendations, I quote Kyoshin only because they have the widest size range listed on goodsjapan. Mark
  12. mdawson

    Craftool Edge Bevelers

    I did find a conversion table from the number to mm online, possibly on a sellers website, so the info is out there ....... somewhere. If i can find it tonight i'll post it. Mark
  13. mdawson

    UK/Euro Billfold Size

    Tried google ? I found this :- Follow the links for each note and it lists the dimensions.
  14. mdawson

    Thickest leather

    Hi FC, I've seen a sample of leather that thick in a tannery, it was quite an old piece, sorry I can't remember what it was from. Mark
  15. Interesting, was that an acrylic or 'oil' dye ? Mark