Hello, my name is Brad. I am a total amateur as far as real leather work goes. I have been sewing guitar straps for a few years now, made mostly from repurposed leather jackets and stuff.
I am using a "hot-rodded" Singer 185J, for sewing which I hope can last me for a bit longer.
I recently purhased some tools, (and there is so many more I suddenly realize I need) adn some bellies and am beginning to start on working
on some veg-tan straps. I am here to learn from y'alls on tooling tips, and dying, staining and other finishing.
I am a member of several guitar forums, so I am no stranger to the fun world of hobby/fetishes LOL -I started into strapping in making
theme/custom straps for my own custom finished guitars, then it sort of branched out from there.
Last weekend I tooled and finished my very first guitar strap from zero - it made me at the very least NOT want to dump my tools in the round filing cabinet.
Here's some pics - I am not too proud for critique, I know I have TONS to learn. First off, I have to learn how to hold my tools so that my hand
doesn't cramp up so bad - I also need to figure out that whole stropping thing, and get some rouge and keep my knife sharp.
Also, I think I might be using the wrong tools for the right job, or viseyversy
I think I will be repurposing this silly flower stamp. I will not be using it EVER again. So cheeze.
other tools I know really need, edge bevelers, some different stamps... some more dyes, and the right finishing solutions.
Anyway, as this is my first post, as a dedicated forumite and digital citizen, I look forward to contributing to and learning from
you, my very crafty brothers and sisters... Thank you in advance!