Tae

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About Tae

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  • Birthday December 5

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    Palo Alto, CA

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    cases
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    Sheridan-style carving
  1. Hello, I made a Scrabble board here: http://leatherworker...showtopic=49990 I made a conga drum case here: http://leatherworker...showtopic=49989 I posted in the specialty forums, but haven't really posted here before. Please let me know if I'm not supposed to cross post. cheers, Tae
  2. Hello leatherworkers, I made this a few years back, but I'm new to this forum so I thought I'd share. Goal Here is a scrabble board that I made as a wedding present for a friend. I mounted it on MDF with a lazy susan attached to it. I also cut out the tiles and made a simple pouch for them. Materials All materials were obtained from Tandy and Home Depot for the most part (except for the Osborne round knife, the Barry King maul, and the letter sets that I got on eBay). Cost Approximate cost of the leather & stain is $50, although I forgot and this is just a guess. best regards, Tae
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    Conga Drum Bag

    Hello leatherworkers, I made this a few years back, but I'm new to this forum so I'll post it now. I bought my first drum back then and got very excited. Since I had been making small wallets etc. for myself and my gf, I thought I'd make a case for my drum (it was a big jump!). Needless to say, this was the largest project I've done, so it took many months since I can only work on it at night and weekends when I wasn't practicing my open tones. Now that it's done, I can finally practice! Goals I designed it so that it to take all my gear to my music class in one bag. The inside fits a 30" conga drum (it fits both my drums with an 11" and 12.5" head), a circular wooden board for under the drum, a drum throne seat. The top opens up via two 26" zippers ($20). The outside has a loop that fits the drum throne support (like an umbrella on a golf bag), two pockets, and a triple-fold suitcase handle. The large pocket holds a handheld cowbell with beater, a pair of clave sticks, and timbale sticks. The small pocket holds a digital metronome, a tuning wrench, and a pen. There is a loop on each side of the pocket. Final design I own no machines. Everything is hand-cut, hand-dyed, hand-painted, hand-stitched, hand-polished, etc. I made the body out of one piece of 4-5 oz veg-tan leather from Tandy Leathercraft ($150). It's cut into four sections that taper down like a mercator projection on a world map. The leather is dyed using Fiebing's professional saddle tan oil dye ($50); the body is darker because I mixed some of Tandy's own canyon tan water-based dye ($15). The lining is thin velvet-like material made of polyester from JoAnn's Craft Store ($12). The art work on the pocket is my version of the artist Evelio Garcia Mata's La Conga (1930s). The figures are filigreed, dyed ($20), then finished with Cova acryllic paint ($20). I baseball stitched the vertical seams with brass rivets ($10) at the bottom. Everything else is saddle stitched with nylon thread ($20). I also added wheels ($20) at the bottom after the photos were taken with a circular wood piece of plywood on the inside ($10). I used the Stohlman brand for hardware ($30). Cost, time On general stuff, I consulted Al Stohlman's books ($30) on cases, esp. the part about the golf bags. On specific stuff like handles and loops for buckles, I followed Valerie Michael's book ($20) on cases because the lines seemed cleaner to me. I spent a few nights a week for 3-4 months. For example, a suitcase handle takes 4 hours to complete; cutting/dying/painting/repainting the figures took 20 hours over two weeks. I spent about $200-$400, depending whether you count the left over material like dyes, paints, and books into the cost. Future project I plan on making a matching case for my wife's bongo drums. The art work will be La Rumba by Antonio Sanchez Araujo. Hopefully it will only take about a month when I get around to it. cheers, Tae PS The whole thing with the drum and seat are really heavy. I added wheels to the bottom for now, but I'm thinking of hacking the top part down so that it's just the drum. As this would require much surgery (and possible destruction), I've just been putting it off. I still haven't made the bongo case yet.
  4. Hello, I guess I've always cut my veg tan pieces before applying dye on it. I usually buy small shoulders, so I've always done it this way. This time, I've got a rather large piece of veg tan because I'm going to try to "mass produce" some bags for my friends (about 5-6 because I like the one I made for myself). I'm thinking about dying the large piece with Fiebings saddle tan dye then applying super sheen before cutting out the pieces. I guess if I dye first, there is no danger of making the back side dirty. I'm going to line it with pig skin, but I'm guessing it might be better to be clean about it. What are people's opinions about this? Does it matter? Am I forgetting something? Sincerely, Tae
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    Conga drum case

    That is a keen observation! In Cuban folkloric settings, you can to play palito patterns on the side of the drum with the sticks. In merengue settings, you can mimic a tambora with one stick on your left.
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    Conga drum case

    Thanks for the compliment. I'd be happy to scan in my initial design for you. The actual design changed a lot while I was making the case, but it was a good start. As an update, I decided to add wheels at the bottom of the case.
  7. Spider, the iPhone case is awesome. Did you carve a wood skull first? And if you don't mind me asking, how do you nail the leather on to the wood piece since it's pre-cut? Tae
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    Conga drum case

    Thanks, Spider! I used Fiebing's "Saddle Tan" professional oil dye. However, since this item is like gold to me, I have mixed some of Tandy's own taddle tan for the body part. You'll notice that the pockets and the top part are lighter and gives a nice contrast to the body. The finish is done with Tandy's "Block-Out" for a duller finish (and I got a quart for $10). Tae
  9. Hello, I made a case for me to take my equipment to percussion class in the city. Goals I designed it so that it the inside fits a 30" conga drum (it fits both my drums with an 11" and 12.5" head), a circular wooden board for under the drum, a drum throne seat. The top opens up via two 26" zippers for chaps. The outside has a loop that fits the drum throne support (like an umbrella on a golf bag), two pockets, and a triple-fold suitcase handle. I plan to make comfy padded backpack straps soon. The large pocket holds a handheld cowbell with beater, a pair of clave sticks, timbale drum sticks. The small pocket holds a digital metronome, a tuning wrench, and a pen. There is a loop on each side of the pocket. Final design I made the body out of one piece of 4-5 oz veg-tan leather cut with four sections that taper down like a mercator projection. The lining is thin velvet-like material made of polyester from JoAnn's. The art work on the pocket is my version of the artist Evelio Garcia Mata's "La Conga". The figures are filigreed, dyed, then finished with Cova paint. I baseball stitched the vertical seams with brass rivets at the bottom. Everything else is saddle stitched. Cost, time On general stuff, I consulted Stohlman's books on cases, esp. the part about the golf bags. On specific stuff like handles and loops for buckles, I followed Valerie Michael's book on cases because the lines seemed cleaner to me. It took a few months and about $250-$300. I used the Stohlman brand for hardware. Comments welcome. I am always looking to improve the quality of my work, so feel free to be tough cheers, Tae
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    Homemade maul handle

    Yeah, I got mine for $6 at Tandy. It was noted as a discontinued item.
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    My new shop layout

    Oh geez, where did you get that compass on the wall? That is like 20 inches long!
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    Homemade maul handle

    I bought a Stohlman 3lb head on clearance and put a handle on it. I'm rather proud of it and wanted to share the result. I already have a Barry King 1lb, and tried to mimic the shape and length of the handle. I used a 5/8" bolt with two washers around the head. I cut about a dozen circles with my 1" Osborne punch and about a dozen at 1.25" by hand. I punched hole for the inside diameter for the bolt. I stacked the leather washers after putting contact cement (1st photo). I tried sanding it with my dremel tool with a sanding head at first, but I was getting no where. So I switched to my craft razor and started hacking away. I dyed it Fiebing's light brown and burnished by hand (2nd photo). Total cost (including the head): $10.
  13. Thanks Jim. I always put in my iPhone facing in because I have the same concerns. But because I punched a hole where I connect the earphones, it's hard to mess up since otherwise I can't connect! Another design concern I had was whether to make it horizontal or vertical. To find out for myself, I made a prototype that looked like two loops (one for the iPhone and one for the belt) and wore it for a few hours when I was sitting around. I decided that the vertical was not uncomfortable and it allowed me to simultaneously carry the Leatherman.
  14. Thanks! Yes, they are all hand stitched.
  15. Hello LW, I made a few cases that I'd like to share. The first two are iPhone and Leatherman knife cases to match my belt (I did not make the belt). I used 4-5 oz veg tan and lined it with pig splits. I decided to box stitch the two so that it would be slim on my waist. The cases are fitting as I measured and remeasured the leather before cutting. The third case is for my digital metronome with "More Cowbell" on the back. cheers, Tae