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About DJole

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  • Birthday 02/13/1965

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    Tacoma, WA
  • Interests
    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
  • Interested in learning about
    shoe-making, tooling, hand stitching

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  1. DJole

    Stitching Pony

    Horse legs-- a whimsical touch to the piece, for sure! Do you have any oblique or front-on photos, rather than just the side photos?
  2. I have a selection of pre-waxed linen thread when I want to try for historical accuracy (i.e. medieval Europe) for certain pieces. It's also an aesthetic thing -- stitching with natural materials vs. plastic. There is nothing wrong with nylon thread-- I have some of that, too, and I do use it for certain projects! I get my linen thread from Royalwood Ltd., a basketry/ beading supply store in Ohio which also happens to sell a large variety of Irish linen thread, in a large selection of colors and plies (2 up to 12 ply, if I remember right). The waxed linen thread wears well -- I had to re-do a few stitches on my wallet (red linen thread) because a row of 5 stitches on the top edge had worn out after 6-7 years of constant surface wear. All the other stitches, set down in grooves in the leather, are still looking good. With the linen thread, I can take a piece of 5 ply and turn into a set of 2 and 3 ply, each re-twisted, so I can tailor the thread size to the stitch length. I find that when stitching with linen thread I have to pay attention with the needles, since it's very easy to push the needle through the thread instead of to the side. (I find braided thread doesn't do that nearly as much.)
  3. Taking a quick look at Amazon, the stitching ponies that come up for sale under that search term are identical to the one I use (I picked mine up at a shop in Seoul, Korea, but it's the same.) Here are the things I find acceptable: 1) Cam lock is nice -- quick and easy to operate, unlike the wing-nut closing type. I also don't find myself getting my thread caught in it (which seems to be a common problem with the wing-nut type.) and if the cam goes bad, I know I can quickly and easily get a replacement cam lock (I checked online.) 2) portable and adjustable -- I can turn the piece for best viewing, and lean it under my leg to give it that tilt which most stitching horses have. Stitching clams do things differently, of course. 3) pretty solid clamping, especially after covering the jaw surfaces with leather to protect the work. 4) If I want to, I can leave the work in the jaws and walk away from it. The leg-closed clams work differently, of course. 5) If you are doing belts, perhaps a longer jaw (longer than the 2 inches) would really be useful. For the price, these will help you improve and speed up your stitching, and should be quite durable. And if you find you really want other features, you didn't waste a lot of money to find that out! There certainly may be much nicer options out there, but these should be nice for starting out.
  4. The style of stitching clam/pony/horse is a complicated problem. The best solution would be to go try different kinds and see which features you like the best, but that's going to be hard to do-- you've got people living nearby who have all the types? Then you are a lucky leatherworker! So are you wondering whether to get a European style stitching clam, or a stitching pony?
  5. DJole

    What do you tool your leather on?

    My tooling slab was a free piece of granite scrap. The counter makers wondered why I wanted a broken piece of granite, but it meant they didn't have to take it away. it has a nice smooth surface and a curved edge. White marble might be sexier, but my stone was free.
  6. DJole

    Sunset wallet

    Yes, you are correct. I realized this *after* I made the stitching holes, but no harm done! I will be leaving the "gap" in the middle open, so the stitching along that part of the edge will not close the pieces together. Important safety tip, wallet makers!
  7. DJole

    Sunset wallet

    This is my current project-- a wallet with a landscape. The tooling on the outside piece is done, and the stitching holes made (3mm) with my nice JapanGoods chisel set. I made the left side deliberately too long, so that when I get it all stitched up, I can trim that edge to the correct size. I like the trees here -- the undercut beveller really made the silhouette pop. Right now I'm working on the interior pockets. More to come as it is completed.
  8. That is a very nice piece of useful, yet decorative and commemorative work. So many thoughtful details there, and it looks great, too. Two awls way up!
  9. A co-worker of mine found out that I did leatherwork, and she thought a neat father's day present for her son would be a wallet with her grandson's handprint tooled onto it. I thought about it and it sounded like a possible thing. Has anybody done something like this before?
  10. DJole

    Leatherman Case

    A lovely home for a great tool to have on you! That is some excellent, deep basket weave there.
  11. DJole

    Stitching Horse Plans

    I have these plans saved on my computer: Stitching Horse Plan.pdf
  12. DJole

    Dice cups

    I love that eyeball! You really knocked that one out of the park.
  13. You always do lovely work, with careful attention to detail! That's a nice design, too. Good clean lines with some subtle accents. I think attaching the cloth liner to a leather band, and then attaching that to the bag itself, is a great solution to the problem of how to get that liner to fit. That's a much simpler solution than the one I decided on the last time I made a bag! I wish I had known of your shop when I was in Korea a couple years ago; we were staying in Itaewon just below the Grand Hyatt hotel, not far from your shop!
  14. Welcome to the forum! Can you supply an image of the kind of Turk's head you are trying to do? (They come in different sizes)
  15. DJole

    Finished Sheath for Customer!

    A nice design, with those lovely curves and good coloring. Those are small stitches! What's the Stitch per inch size here, and what thread size/type?