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About DJole

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  • Birthday 02/13/1965

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    Tacoma, WA
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    Fiddles, books, big trees, leather, swords, and keeping the house intact.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Dark Age and Medieval European inspired designs, pouches and boxes
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    shoe-making, tooling, hand stitching
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  1. That's a really nice design, and great work putting it all together! Two awls way up!
  2. Fred is right -- and you most likely have those things already! As many have done, I bought a stitch groover tool years ago, which cut a stitching groove. I haven't used it for at least the past 5 years, though. I found it a bit hard to control and get good straight lines. Now, like many, I just use an inexpensive wing divider. I find I get better results (as long as my edge cuts are straight!), and I can control the distance of the line from the edge a lot better. The stitching groover now just sits in a box somewhere...I'm not even sure where it is at the moment! ;-)
  3. I think I wasn't clear in my description. Let me try again! The "diamond" or Japanese stitching chisels, as you know, make slanted lines as in (A) in the diagram below The usual stitching follows the direction indicated by the red "stitches" in line (B). I think your lines on the right side of the plastic window are doing the opposite, as shown by line (C). That's what I mean by "reverse." It seems like all the other stitching on your wallet is done the usual way, but that one line appears to be backwards, and doesn't match the other ones. But perhaps I am just seeing it wrong? The 1 mm thread you used in this project looks okay -- it has a robust look to it which matches the design.
  4. The stitching to the right of the photo area looks like it was "reverse" slanted -- was that a deliberate design choice? It looks odd to my eye.
  5. DJole

    Leather Phone Case

    2 mm thick. It was from a side picked up from a Tandy sale table years ago, so I can't put a tannery name on it. I believe it is veg tan--- looking at the side thickness, I don't see the "band" that marks chrome tan. I used my 3 mm stitching irons to mark the logo. First I sized the logo in a graphics program, then printed it out. I then taped it securely to the red leather, and used the irons to outline the letters. The thread I used is Ritza tiger Cream, in .6 thickness.
  6. DJole

    Leather Phone Case

    It was quite easy. You can see how I made a slot at the top of the tooling leather to insert the clip in, then I riveted the clip to the strip, then used wet molding to form it to the clip and stitched it on. I didn't want any hardware inside the case to scratch the phone.
  7. DJole

    Leather Phone Case

    This is the first time I used a big holster clip like this.
  8. I did this one for a co-worker, who is a proud owner of a Subaru Impreza WRX. I had to take some time off from work due to catching COVID a month ago, and he had to pick up the slack. In face, the whole piece was made while I was at home recovering. So I thanked him with this, made to fit his phone.
  9. You might find that Angelus dyes has a good color for you:
  10. You mean plans like these? --> http://djole.altervista.org/djole/Publications/Leather/S/StitchingHorse.pdf
  11. The bottom photo shows the "drifting" stitching line that many of us struggle with. Take the time to make certain the stitching chisel is really vertical. I find it helps to make sure the line is pointing away from me vertically (this way--> |) rather than horizontally (this way --> ---). This helps me to check that the iron really is vertical, and not leaning, before I strike it. Some people have built jigs to help the keep the iron straight. Another way to manage this is to get a set of Reverse stitching irons, in the same size, and use them on the back piece. The normal irons go this way / / / , and the reverse go this way \ \ \ , so that when you put them together, they match up in direction.
  12. oh, man -- I'll really have to see if I can swing that. Right now I'm in the middle of car upkeep.
  13. I don't have Sinabroks-- they're nice, but too expensive for my budget. I began with the Craftool chisels, like most of us -- what else was there, or what else did we know about? :-) Big holes, big spacing-- not much use for the majority of what I make. I wonder what you mean when you say you are punching through a "lot of layers"? The more layers you have, the more difficult it is to keep the lines on the back side of the piece from wandering if you try to do them all at once, no matter what irons you are using. It would be nice to get through 4-6 mm of leather with one whack of the tool, in a straight line on both sides of the leather, but there's a BIG learning curve to get there, and I don't think the irons are meant to do that. I have a set of 3 mm diamond irons from Japan Goods; the original set had 1, 2, 3 4 and 6 prongs. I later added a 10 prong. I find that I use the 2 prong a lot for curved lines. The 10 is nice for making long straight lines, better than the 6. I hardly ever use the 1 (why use it? Just use an awl!) or the 4. Like NDphung above, I have found the 2 prong and the 10 to be the go-to irons I use the most. I also have a set of Kevin Lee diamond reverse irons in 3mm. They are excellent quality for the price-- well polished and finished, but they are SMALL and LIGHT. That could be a deal breaker, since they are so light and small, you have to place them carefully and strike them carefully. Like Kevin Lee states, these basic irons are helpful to get a feel for using irons without spending a lot of money. I have a set of 4mm pricking irons, of Chinese manufacture. I bought them knowing I'd have to spend the time polishing the teeth, which is a pain, and I haven't got them as smooth as my other irons. But 15 prongs makes a nice line!
  14. Maybe this video from Leodis Leather will help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyTg_hfpNUM
  15. DJole

    A little help

    Maybe Angelus has a color you like? https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0265/7379/files/Color_Chart_Leather_Dyes_FINAL_8-25_045620ee-4788-481b-acc7-d48d85e74022.pdf?v=1640643954
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