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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. I am astounded to see the knife sheath and knife still around, after years of use and abuse! I still have the luggage tag I made from a kit during 7th grade shop, back in 77-78, with some pretty bad attempt at floral tooling. I think that the emphasis on western floral was too soon, so that in my mind leatherwork equaled floral tooling, which I didn't find appealing.
  2. Welcome to the forum! You may not get immediate answers to questions or problems, but there are a lot of helpful folks here with an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge. Part of the learning process here in the forum is figuring out which sub-forum is best for a particular question topic -- there are places devoted to tooling, to dyes, to sewing machines, to sharpening...it's all there.
  3. Thanks for sharing these. They are wonderful pieces of art!
  4. Not much in K-12, unless you happen to live in/on one of the big reservations (like the Navajo, for example). It's mostly only discussed briefly as the western cultures collided with the native peoples over the past 3 centuries. It's also difficult to get to a "good level" on "their" history, because they are not one single group, either cultural or regional. In the past, that was hundreds of tribes, nations, and confederacies, with different languages and histories. And if we add modern Canada and Alaska to the mix, the amount of information doubles in size and complexity. There are fewer now, but still a daunting amount of information to try and master. So one can only really get a sense of native American or First Nations' people's history on a university level by deliberately seeking it out and seeking to become a specialist -- or by diving into the Internet with the same intent.
  5. It just takes time and patience to cut all the fiddly bits out carefully. I'd LOVE to have the time/tools to make a 3-d printing, as others point out above, but this was dirt cheap, and available in about 15 minutes.
  6. That is true. But I only wanted a light impression to guide the swivel knife cuts.
  7. The card was only slightly bent, nothing else.
  8. I have an electronic alarm key-card I use at work. I decided to tool a nice case for it, with my initials, using scrap leather and some cheap, ugly fluorescent yellow polyester thread (hey, it was cheap, on sale at Tandy!). I put my locker key on it, also. I've had it for a couple of years now, riding nicely in my pocket. This last week, I somehow lost it -- I could not figure out where it went. Not in my house, or car, or at work. Where could it have gone? I got a new card issued to me in the meantime. This morning, after 4 or 5 days or so, a woman rang our doorbell and handed me my card holder, with card! She had found it on the side of the street (maybe 1/4 to 1/2 mile away) in some beauty bark. I figure that somehow I had left it on top of my car, and it had managed to stay there for a ways until falling off into the street, where for a few days it was lying in the street, getting run over and run over and so on. So, down below, are pictures. You can see that the leather is in suprisingly good shape, both the tooled side and the smooth leather side! The leather has been bent a bit (look at the D), but there are very few scratches and no tears. The thread has been scuffed a bit on the keyring end, but still intact. The rivet holding the keyring loop is scratched and battered. But the smooth leather here seems untouched. I am quite surprised. The split ring -- it is mangled, hard! I am baffled at just how badly it got bent. The key is battered too -- the plastic cracked on one side, but it still opens my lock just fine. Luckily, it hasn't rained in the last two weeks, or things might be different! Here's a shot of the whole thing in its glory:
  9. I have a new project, a wallet with a Buddhist design scheme. So I want to put a lotus blossom and an 8 spoked Dharma wheel onto the leather. The design looks...well, okay, when I trace it onto the tracing film. However, I really want a lot more precision in the straight lines and curves. Kind of like...well, a stamp! So, I came up with this idea to make a light stamp: 1) print the design onto paper, at correct size. 2) cut out design, glue onto light cardboard (like a cereal box carton, or something similar). Let dry. 3) using micro-tip scissors, carefully cut the design out. 4) Spray design with art fixative (waterproofing, basically.) Let dry. 5) Case leather, to same dampening for tooling. 6) Carefully place design onto leather. 7) Use mallet to tap design, stamping it onto the leather. And here are the results! I show the stamp itself, and down below it is the image it created. Now I can start tooling, knowing the design is clean and sharp, meaning one less thing I can mess up! And I can reuse the stamp, if I want to. Another bonus!
  10. I bet you could sell a bunch of those. That's lovely work!
  11. That's a pretty broad request -- can you narrow it down to what kinds of patterns (i.e. a specific culture), so we don't send Aztec, or Chinese, or Art Nouveau, when what you really wanted was Floral Western?
  12. What are you going to carry in this bag? That may help people point you in the right direction.
  13. Nicely done! With a sheath as good looking as that, you almost don't want to take it out into the woods to get dirty and muddy!
  14. DJole

    Boot making

    Maybe https://laughingcrowe.com/ has what you are looking for.
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