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  1. Any of the Horseshoe brand tools are great. I have quite a few various tools from Jeremiah Watt and they are all really good tools. I have some of the Weaver brand punches and they are very nice and arrive very sharp. You will notice an immediate difference between them and the tools Tandy sells. Nick
  2. Thank you for posting this. I really enjoy seeing the work that goes into cowboy boots.
  3. YOWSA!!!!!! That is an incredible piece of craftsmanship!
  4. I have the set mentioned on the front of the catalog, it was a great deal! I like these tools a lot!
  5. Here is a pic of the first sheaths I have made in my new shop. I am slowly but surely getting my new shop set up. My next project is a 4' x 8' work table. Thanks for looking, Nick
  6. Monica, I too have a Cobra Class III sewing machine. I have has a few problems with mine as well. What I have discovered, for me anyway, that problems like that are usually something I did. What I usually do is step back, rethink my thread and needle combination, change out needles and re-thread the machine, and sew on some scrap leather until I have the problem figured out. If that doesn't work I do the only thing I can, CALL STEVE! Good Luck, I feel your pain. Nick
  7. Johanna, I sent you a PM please add me as well. Nick
  8. Here are some pics of some knife sheaths I completed recently. Below are some pics of a couple of sheaths I completed recently. Sometimes I like to hand sew, rather than use my machine. Both sheaths in these pics are made from a double tanned saddle skirting developed for custom saddle makers and finished with Fiebings Aussie Leather Conditioner which contains a large amount of bees wax. I left the edges undyed and simply burnished and sealed them with bees wax. The top sheath is hand-sewn using 7 cord linen thread. The bottom sheath I sewed using my machine. Some additional pics
  9. Nice Work!! If you are going to be inspired by other sheath makers Paul and Sandy are the two to emulate. Both of them are awesome leather workers and fine gentlemen to boot. Nick
  10. I have hand sewn quite a few belts made from two layers of 8oz saddle skirting and yes it is a pain in the butt. I am, however, glad I made them. After making a few belts, sewing almost any other project by hand is a breeze. Even though I now use my sewing machine for belts and knife sheaths, I know that I can hand sew anything and do it to a high standard. I will probably hand sew another belt for myself before the holidays. I have built a stitching horse of sorts just for stitching and finishing belts that makes life a lot easier. I mainly use it now to hold belts in place for finishing the edges. It's the big "T" shaped thing on the left. I don't use an awl to punch holes however. I use a large needle chucked in my drill press and make the holes that way. The needle does not cut the leather like a drill bit would and it makes perfect holes. I have, by trial and error, determined which size needles work best with which size threads. By pre-punching my holes and using my "stitching horse" I am able to hand sew a belt fairly quickly with a lot less trouble. Using a quality linen thread, properly waxed, in the correct size holes, makes a really nice tight hand stitch. I have never had a problem once I settled on the method that works for me. Not everyone will agree with my sewing method but I think you have to find what works for you. Happy Sewing, Nick
  11. Johanna, Thank you for posting info about this new machine from Artisan. I appreciate hearing about new machines, as this will help me in my future purchasing when I decide to buy another machine to go with my Cobra. As far as posting about this vendor versus the other, I am pretty sure that both Artisan and Cobra advertise here on this board, which pays the bills and keeps the lights on. That's just common sense and good business. As far as which vendor is better or worse than another each vendors track record speaks for itself. Sell a quality product and provide good honest support for it and people will buy from you. Reort to hinky business practices and provide less than the best support and you will lose business. Just my two cents your mileage may vary. :soapbox:
  12. It's Thursday. Did I miss something?
  13. Nice job on the holster. I like it! The more of them you make the better you will get. As far as critique, I think the folks who have posted have covered everything. As far as burnishing the edges I would suggest you do a search on the forums here, there are a few threads where people share their preferred methods. I would suggest trying the methods they suggest and finding the one that works for you. Same for finishing the leather, do some research and experiment. For me experimenting and learning is a big part of the fun. I would also like a working tools stamp. I may have to have one made. Well I would think you would wear an apron to prevent soiling of your clothes or maybe to provide a pocket for your tools. Of course you could wear it to distinghuish youself from other workmen. I guess it all depends.
  14. Could you tell us where to get said edge paint? I looked on the Campbell Bosworth web site and could not find it. Nick
  15. Nice set Dave!! Beautiful inlay work as always. Nick
  16. For all around jaw dropping leather work Peter Main is of course on my list. As far as knife sheaths go Sandy Morrisey, Paul Long, Gary Graley, David Abramson(http://www.liftersleather.com), Dwayne Puckett (http://www.armoralleather.com), Dave Cole(who is a member here), and Kenny Rowe(http://www.rowesleather.com) do the kind of work I aspire to. Not only do all of these gentleman do fine sheath work they are generous with their knowledge as well. As far as western/saddle work there are too many folks on this board to mention. Although when I think I would like to try builing a saddle I think of the saddle Troy West built for President Bush, as the gold standard. I really want to take up boot making. So I would have to say that D.W. Frommer and Carl Chappel come to mind as inspiration.
  17. Buy a nice double shoulder from Wickett and Craig, they are also having an inventory reduction sale right now. Less cost than a whole hide and some of the best leather money can buy. Once you use it you will not want to use lower quality stuff again. You will pay a little more money but you will be happier with the results. Regards, Nick
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