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  1. gmace99

    Help! Sharpening French edge skiving tool

    Jcuk has posted a link to one of my sharpening videos. I thought this might also be of use
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    Stirrup leathers

    People have mentioned where to get the leather. My only add to this is. Stirrup leathers are a safety item. There for. I would only hand stitch them. The thread I use is a size 8 polycotton core spun thread. There are other threads. Just make sure it is thick and strong enough. The leather i use is 5mm thick. Shame your so far away. I do a one day stirrup leather course for £75. And you get to keep your leathers
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    Good youtube videos for beginners?

    I have tips on hand stitching and a few beginners items on UKSaddlery YouTube
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    What do the nationalities Make

    I’m in the uk and everyone I know makes saddles. Then again that’s because it is my trade
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    Finishing English Bridal Belt Edges

    Another thing that works instead of pearl glue is pva glue it is called white glue in some countries put it it on the edge let it dry for a minute or two then rub. This gives you a shiny edge and holds the fibres down
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    Hand Stitching With White Thread

    It could be the thread you are using When I teach I always have the students stitch with white thread. This is so that they can see their mistakes it is rare that they get the thread dirty the thread we we use in the trade is a poly cotton core spun
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    Invisible stitch from both sides of leather

    The top grain will be stronger if I was making a pair of stirrup leathers I would not do a blind stitch. A bag will be fine unless you plan on carrying heavy weights in it I could show you pictures of a 50 year old saddle where the stitches are intact ant the leather on the seat has worn through. This is a different piece of leather from the one with the stitch.
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    Invisible stitch from both sides of leather

    The pictures above show the leather not going through the top grain. This will still be a strong stitch. I use a stitch called a backing stich on English style saddles. This does not go through the top grain. We put a lot of stress on this when pulling it onto the saddle tree. The stitch shown in the pictures will do the job. A box stitch will also do it. My hidden stitch done in the UKSaddlery video might top be the stitch you need
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    UK Tannery - Leather Fair 30th - 31st March

    What at thickness of buffalo do you have and what price?
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    Braided dog leashes

    I think I have a couple of videos showing braided dog leashes. On you tube. Search for uksaddlery. I’m on my phone so can’t post a link to them sorry
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    Sewing with a Single Needle

    All my tools are Dixon’s I think abbey saddlery bought the name and are making them
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    Leather suppliers in the UK

    Andrew midgley and sons marcus gear abbey saddlery the English leather company
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    Free Pdf Book On English Saddle Making

    The shields book is a bit old. Things like a set seat we no longer do. I’m old enough to remember doing them. It is still not bad for some things and worth downloading i have some old videos of me doing parts of the seat. On you tube. That might help Type in uksaddlery
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    Identify These Tools!

    This wont let me upload anymore pictures. I will try describe. Your third picture ,,,,,,,,,,The rod on top has pointy ends. Tool below it is made of plastic. Brush is hard. ...... The plastic thing is a bone folder. The thing with the wooden handle is a skirt shave or also called a French shave. I think I have a video showing you how to use and sharpen. Look on youtube for UKSaddlery The thing with the sponge is for dipping in stain and staining edges. The last thing looks like a hacksaw blade. Ih it is . I use them to make blades for my clicker knife Your next two pictures titled flat and standing. These are the tools used to set your dura dots. pop studs and your 2 part rivets