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Double Daddy

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  • Birthday 09/09/1976

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    N.E. Georgia
  • Interests
    American political and social history, homesteading skills, technical crafts and trades, family genealogy.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Gunleather & accessories
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    Holster/Sheath related leatherwork
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  1. I second what Mike and tsunkasapa suggest...although...depending upon the size of your cat, you may not be able to get more'n a wallet's worth of leather out of it's hide...and I'm sure it'll fight you at ever'turn in the making of said piece and constantly be a case of "I can't find my wallet anywhere!" if you do get it finished. There has NEVER been a more contrary, un-Christlike beast-of-the-field than feline-kind.
  2. I bought the 3200...way back in late '13 from Toledo Sewing/Mr. Bob himself...it's been a good machine that has paid for itself many times over making holsters & accessories, belts, portfolios...even wallets (although they are on the thick side 'cause I design them that way and I don't like readjusting for "finer work"). ZERO complaints. Having said all of that...Wiz is absolutely, 100% correct. If I had it to do over again, I would have gotten the bigger'un (4500). Those portfolios would be easier to swing around with the extra throat/arm space...and so would the larger field holsters that I have occasionally done for folks. The extra material/project thickness would have been nice as well... One of those 227/341 machines wouldn't be a bad thing either...for smaller items (wallets, accessories, etc). One day...
  3. Once again, Sir...your positive, head-scratching ingenuity shines through in strong fashion. The older I get, the more cold-natured I become AND the less I like having my britches tugged at by an IBW rig. Sure gives me an idea or three for a shoulder holster once that new Springfield SA-35 (Browning Hi-Power clone) finally gets to my LGS.
  4. Ain't a thang wrong with any of that! Love those tools, as well.. I built a vacuum rig similar to Adam's Leatherworks (followed his blog post)...works great for all of my holsters, etc.
  5. I will echo what Lobo has to say about a drying cabinet...something about setting collagens in the wet veg-tan leather hardens it as it dries. I followed his advice (as well as that of Dwight's and a few others) some years back from another thread...copied/adapted another fella's somewhat more complex design to fit my taste/needs at the time (to each their own, eh!)...came up with this (last post on page 3 of this VERY INFORMATIVE thread):
  6. As a follower of your FB work, it's always good to see your designs. Thanks again for posting, Sir! Excellent, as always!
  7. As always, Josh, heirloom craftsmanship, Sir. The tutorial ride-along is also most appreciated...
  8. Excellent work, Sir...actually looks fairly comfortable, unlike some shoulder rigs...that serpentine stamped belt added just a touch of p'zazz to the rig, too.
  9. I use a construction/wet forming process very similar to Lobo's. After spending much time looking on here and elsewhere at different folks' idea's for drying cabinets, I built my own, using a fellow leatherworker's wiring diagram and parts list...my cabinet maker-uncle built the box and I wired & outfitted the rest. Porcelain heater elements (commonly used for brooder boxes), computer cooling fans, electronic temp/fan controls, a timer and thermostat...it holds temp nicely and has helped me fashion many a holster over the last three years that it's been in use...here's the link...go back a page for the original builder's blog link for his build details.
  10. That's good to know...that this mix can store well enough in large quantities for dipping. Do you have problems with "skimming"...developing a film over the top in that container? I have a old glass spaghetti sauce jar that I keep leftover 50/50 resolene mix in (where I've mixed up a small amount for natural saddle tan or dark brown, etc)...this combined mix only gets used on darker projects like deep browns or black (I don't want to risk contaminating a lighter colored item that I've worked on). I'll pour a little bit out and use it, either with shearing or brush. Still working thru my current stock of resolene...then I'll "graduate" on to M&G. Thanks for the tips!
  11. @Constabulary, @Hildebrand....I keep hearing/reading about the 315...I've seen this video before as well. M'ladies have run me out of the house and into the shop out back...ventilation in there is pretty good so Weldwood has continued to work as great as it always did...but...I can still learn new tricks. I might order a small bit to try soon for myself. Appreciate the recommendation!
  12. You are in the right place for constructive critique here at LW.net...you should receive good direction and encouragement for your efforts herein (at least I've seen that to be the case nearly all the time). There are a few that believe most teaching videos on the leather-working craft are nothing more that bits of self-promotion released as a means of validation for the creator...and no real good can come from watching any of them. I'm not one of those people. I learn as much by watching (taking mental and written notes for later use at the bench) as I do by actually doing...I can completely "scrub out" the unnecessary garble of a video and focus in on what's being done. Other folks' have a different "take away" to this medium...fine and dandy. As to your video...nice bell skiver!...and I appreciate that you've shown your edge treatment of that chrome tanned step-by-step, including the equipment and all materials used. I know its likely been covered on this forum ad nauseam...but having a video showing the process is not a bad thing either.
  13. What Tug said...Red Can Weldwood is a trusted material (for me), going back to my woodworking/cabinet & countertop building days...I don't fix things that ain't broke. Put it on both surfaces, let 'er dry really good to "just tacky" and get it where you want it THE FIRST TIME...I follow up with a roller, etc. Just be sure to use it in a well-ventilated area so's to keep all yer synapses firing in proper order...thus the appeal (to some) for the non-stink-um options.
  14. My workbenches and equipment are placed in my shop on my home property...no sign, etc to give the indication of a business. I pay the necessary fees as required to be at peace with "the man"...but...no unauthorized company allowed. I have learned that lesson from observing my father-in-law trying to put out work in his taxidermy studio/store front over the years...folks are BAD to want to drop by and watch him work, talk about the local GA deer hunting scene or just hang out...it's a MAJOR productivity killer. A story I heard once about ol’ Ben: “What price the price of that book?” at length asked a man who had been dawdling for an hour in the front store of Benjamin Franklin’s newspaper establishment. “One dollar,” replied the clerk. “One dollar,” echoed the lounger; “can’t you take less than that?” “One dollar is the price,” was the answer. The would-be purchaser looked over the books on sale a while longer, and then inquired: “Is Mr. Franklin in?” “Yes,” said the clerk, “he is very busy in the press-room.” “Well, I want to see him,” persisted the man. The proprietor was called, and the stranger asked: “What is the lowest, Mr. Franklin, that you can take for that book?” “One dollar and a quarter,” was the prompt rejoinder. “One dollar and a quarter! Why, your clerk asked me only a dollar just now.” “True,” said Franklin,” and I could have better afforded to take a dollar than to leave my work.” The man seemed surprised; but, wishing to end a parley of his own seeking, he demanded: “Well, come now, tell me your lowest price for this book.” “One dollar and a half,” replied Franklin. “A dollar and a half! Why, you offered it yourself for a dollar and a quarter.” “Yes,” said Franklin coolly, “and I could better have taken that price then than a dollar and a half now.” The man silently laid the money on the counter, took his book, and left the store, having received a salutary lesson from a master in the art of transmuting time, at will, into either wealth or wisdom. -From Pushing to the Front, 1911
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