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    Seattle WA
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    Photography, Cooking, Reading, fitness, outdoor activities

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    Small leather goods, hand stitching

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  1. I've softened up some fairly firm and thick veg tan (russet) straps with application of lubricants (wax and oils) and working them. For bridle or harness leather you'll want to be careful with adding treatments to it. In the case of straps I draw them back and forth over a dowel (or table leg) repeatedly. The idea is to bend it frequently and from both / all directions. You should be able to do this with a non-strap piece but it will be less convenient and probably take longer. Not sure but I suspect this will also weaken the leather a bit. Drawing it over something like a ball hitch in all directions might do the trick.
  2. Thanks, I applied 3 coats with a thick scratch awl, and sanded with 600 grit in between. I don't have one of those Regad heating tools unfortunately, or I think it might be shinier.
  3. Beautiful work! I love the attention to detail and well thought out designs.
  4. Thanks Seansun. It was a fun project. I either didn’t stir the edge kote enough or maybe it froze at some point.
  5. that is great! I am going to try a mask this Halloween.
  6. VERY nice. I like the mitered corners and quality stitching.
  7. VERY nice... I wish the pictures were bigger!
  8. I have to agree with amigo. Aside from users possibly not having the software, Word files can have scripts and other potential security issues. - I won't download them.
  9. Here is a card wallet I made for my wife for xmas. Red English bridle fully lined and accented with pink veg tan.
  10. Here is a collar I made for our Dachshund from English bridle. It is a bit over built, but that is how I wanted it. fully lined, including the strap, with 2-3 oz veg tan. Had a bit of trouble with the edge kote sticking. It might be a bad batch.
  11. I use the Blanchard blades and they are fully sharp down the edges, which is consistent with the french style. They are easily dulled though. I just run them back and forth on the straight part of the edge a bit on a medium and then fine stone, and strop the edges as well. You don't want to dull too much of the point, but if you feel the hole is still too large, you can dull up the shoulder as well. I do this after getting the four sides all gleaming. I also find that the Blanchard points are too acute for my taste. Rounding them off a bit seems to help with maintaining the point sharpness.
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