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  1. TF also has a strong smell, but I assume it is less toxic without T. Same with Renia Top Fit which I use too. I wear a respirator and have a vent fan. I'll use both when I have to glue wet leather, like in saddle making, but otherwise I switched long ago to Renia water-based glues. They work great - no toxic smell, apply easily, and bond great. I've had no problems with gluing dry, then wet molding after a brief dunk in warm water eg for a holster. -John
  2. Hmm, not sure about forward leaning. The book has some good info on fender design. Their shape is unique. I've made a few saddles, so am no super expert, but found good guidance on making fender patterns in the Harry Adams book. A simpler sleeker design. Seems like different styles of saddles have different shaped fenders. Make one that fits the design and function of your saddle, and looks good to you. --John
  3. I think in volume 1 in the intro section he talks about different fender styles. I'll look later. -John
  4. Never made one that way, but I guess they'd be the same length as inside except maybe a bit longer to do the outside curve around the stirrup. I think Stohlman mentions that method in his saddle book. -John
  5. Yes, call Leather Machine. I had a similar problem with not stopping fully. At Pendleton they showed me a quick fix of the servo switch. May be the same thing.
  6. Thanks everyone for the great advice! Glad to hear from Bruce as I'd looked at his stock on line and was puzzled not to see any shaves when there are lots of other tools. I'm an infrequent saddle maker (on my fifth) and have gotten by pretty well with a skife razor blade potato-peeler tool used one or two-handed and a cabinet scraper (a la Stohlman's book). Never have figured out how to use the other T-shaped razor skiver that you pull as in the previous post - always gouges. I'm not real keen on sharpening blades. I'll think about getting an inexpensive one to try. Ed gave lots to go on. -John
  7. I'll look for it locally. You can get Aquilem products mail order from Sorrell Notions or Montana Leather, I think. Thanks --John
  8. Are the shaves used for wood working the same as for leather working? At Lee Valley I see lots of shaves with a flat blade, but somehow looking at pictures or videos of saddle makers using them I got the impression the blade was curved?
  9. Good post, thanks. I bought some and went to use it for a refleece job, but it had sat on the store shelf too long, I guess, and was thick as toothpaste from the original bottle. I didn't have time to thin w water, so just used regular rubber cement. Sort of ticked me off it was unusable after just purchasing, but I'll thin it out. -John
  10. I've looked on the market for spoke shaves to use in saddle making several times but only find dubious used ones on ebay or wood working shaves, which I guess are different with a straight blade? Do ones for leather have thin curved blades? Where might I buy a good one or do you recommend two sizes? -John
  11. Yes, still looking. Cary does not have any. How much? I can pay you via PayPal or a check jn the mail. -John
  12. Curious about the Buster Welch roper tree. I've use a BW tree to make ranch cutter saddles with a TD horn. I didn't having roping in mind but someone asked if you could rope with the saddle. I asked the tree maker Bowden and they said the horn was strong enough but maybe not the bars being a cutter tree. They said roping calves might be OK. So, does your BW roper have beefed up bars to handle roping? I've always associated slimmer close-contact bars w BW cutting trees, so if the bars are beefed up for roping I guess it must be the swell that makes it BW? -John Ps: Saddle nicely done!
  13. Anyone have the Cary Schwarz ground seat DVD they'd sell me? I know you can buy them new on Amazon but it says 5-6 weeks delivery. I'd like to get it sooner to help find tune that skill for a saddle l'm making. -John
  14. Great idea, NStar, to make the political forum hidden. Please! I really don't even want to see the headers in the unread listing. There is enough political aggravation in our lives and it would be nice to keep the LEATHER forums neutral. I think we can all agree that we like LEATHER, so lets get rid of the divisive crap and reduce stress in our lives. -John
  15. Just dump the whole forum. Not about leather.
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