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  1. Beautiful work man. Really, very nice.
  2. I got one better than that. A Scottish joke -- "McGregor the Goat F****r". But darn it, I just gave away the punch line.
  3. Thanks man...that's exactly what is needed. kudos to you
  4. Hahaha..... a thinking person and funny. I like you already.
  5. Yes, it's a salacious title but how else can one get eyeballs diverted from the ass grabbing "Show Off" section? Be that as it may, if you have made it this far then perhaps you're a thinking person. Welcome. The following is a rant about the state of the leather working craft industry. In my opinion, it's an appalling state of affairs. Please weigh in with your thoughts. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ The other thing that I seem to be the only one who gets this, which means the only one to think about and be pissed off about, concerned about it, would like to do something about it. And that my fellow leatherwokring compadres is that our industry is the red headed step child of all the crafts and it's shrinking . It pains me that the craft I love so much is represented by a company as clueless and as incompetent as Tandy is. I'm specifically referring to their abdication of responsibility as the defacto industry leader. Self interest alone should be motivation enough to take a leadership position in our micro market. But honestly, in the fourteen years I've been working with leather, I cannot think of one single innovative anything that has come out of the Tandy camp. They are the industry leader, but they do nothing to advance the craft. Just the same old boring crap, frozen in time....1964. By my estimates, our micro craft market here in the US is around $300M year in revenue. That includes all the retailers and the micro tanneries who cater to us and all the handmade goods we make and some of us sell. You may not know this since Tandy looms large in our minds as the largest retailer in our micro industry, but Tandy is a tiny company at $83M in revenue. To put that in perspective, the average new car dealership in the United States does about $40M in sales per year. A car lot, for Pete's sakes, is half the size of Tandy. Wrap your mind around that for a moment. In contrast, The total US crafting industry which we are a part of is...drum roll... a whopping $50 BILLION industry. F I F T Y B I L L I O N U N I T E D S T A T E S D O L L A R S. Are you familiar with the Scrapbooking craft, that frivolous fluffy stationary craft that glues various items to stationary to decorate scrapbooks? That goofy craft is a $1.5 Billion market and that is down from its height of $2.5 Billion a decade ago. But leathercraft can only command $250M? Our craft is a useful craft. We actually make stuff that is useful and has purpose, and yet we weigh in at just one sixth the size of a useless, whimsical craft like Scrapbooking? How in the hell is that even remotely possible? And while the US crafting industry is growing and forecasted to continue growing, leathercraft is forecasted to contract 5-10% in the mid- term. Who, I ask you, is minding the ship here?
  6. And mad respect for you too, Tugadude, the soft spoken artist ambassador. xxxooo
  7. First off, I have mad respect for you, YinTx, so thank you for quoting my point about the old guard and how this art form is literally dying before us and that we, the artists, are doing nothing to stop it. It's a travesty.
  8. I realize how rude my voice comes across, how it violates etiquette and sensibilities, but the issue resonates. You're thinking about it and that's all that matters. Maybe, just maybe, a few minds are now shifted toward a better way forward. ~deep bow~ You're welcome.
  9. Nothing against Albob or what he made or even to show it off. I'm making the broader point that this art form is dominated by old guard practitioners who value technique over design and that thinking is taking the art form nowhere, killing it in fact. But I will say this, there is one person who is single handedly pushing it forward -- Tony See -- but sadly even he doesn't get it.
  10. Here's a schematic that I took a screen shot of some time back. I don't remember having even taken it let alone the source. Maybe it helps, maybe it doesn't but here it is at any rate.
  11. Thanks for the source, That set is a lot closer to the real hardware than what Ohio Bag sells. Yours uses those tiny rivets as Hermes does whereas Ohio Bag uses screws and has fake rivet dents in the front. Very cool, thanks.
  12. , Wiow, those are awesome,, Great job on both your leatherwork and metalwork. With skills like that, you could make anything.
  13. Yep and the best accompanying videos too. God I wish he was around back when I started out. Back then we didn't even have paper. You had to "visualize, memorize, and vocalize by saying goofy sing song phrases like One Two apply the glue. Three four apply some more. Five six dry then stick. Seven eight, now cut it straight. Nine ten...I forget what that one was. Oh remember, Nine ten don't throw your cigarette butts in the trash bin. We said it but nobody followed that one.
  14. Ever read "Tobacco Road" by Erskine Caldwell?. It's set in the very rural Applachia circa 1932, sort of a precursor to the" Grapes of Wrath". The way you describe your upbringing reminds me of that novel and how for fun the kids would throw rocks against the side of their house. It such a surreal scenario you don't know whether to laugh or be empathetically depressed. That said, there's something to be said for not knowing what you don't know. I mean you can't long for that which you haven't experienced. . Ya know what? That's bollucks. Provenciality is a waste of life and its only good because its familiar. Well, for old folks it doesn't matter much, but for kids;...you can't grow kicking around on a piece of ground in your hometown. From the sound of it, you know this quite well.
  15. Good job. Your enthusiasm is infectious. This old craft needs you and a whole lot more just like you to move it forward with new ideas, new designs, new thinking. There's a group on Facebook, six thousand strong, mostly young people like yourself who are doing some incredible leatherwork. Check them out if you get a chance.
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