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  1. First time I’ve ever tried working with stingray. Quite the experience. Made this for a friend and he wanted two tone. In hindsight I would have done this as all black to hide the meandering stitchline. The grey is sanded and polished so it is smooth. The black is polished but still has the “pebble” texture. The backside of the grey currency pocket panel is a piece of horsehide. The card wallet is lizard and pigskin.
  2. Put together a quick purse holster for my wife’s Kimber Pepper Blaster II. Horween Dublin.
  3. I haven't made anything in awhile - decided it was time to get back at it. I made a paddle holster for my Sig P226 this week - cheated a bit and used a blade tech paddle. I learned quite a bit making this - especially the need to refine my patterns. I was originally going to have a thumb break and wish that I had as it is not a tight as I would like. While I can hold it upside down and not have it fall out, a slight shake will make it drop. I am not happy with the toe - that definitely needs reworking in the pattern. The magazine ejector button on the P226 is very aggressive. Not sure what I can about that to prevent the obvious damage that its creating (in just one 1 day and about 20 reholsterings.) I used some Horween russet strip horse hide (approx. 7oz) with tiger thread. The only finish is aussie wax. A while back, I made my first pancake holster for my wife's Sig 238, also from Horween russet horse hide. .
  4. CA will stick to wet wood, while white or yellow glue won’t. It’s better for attaching glue blocks on green wood blanks. It also fills cracks/voids and as mentioned above can be used as a finish.
  5. Nate - it’s an Artisan Indigo from Craft Supply USA. I don’t belong to any of the pen forums. I thought about casting it, then I stumbled across a video of a guy that did the punch/glue/stack method. The stopper is glued up with contact cement - it wasn’t as solid as I wanted, thus the dowel. I don’t think the pen would have held up with contact cement. The CA glue was a mess, but it really stiffened things up. Also, I have a bunch of Horween russet strip scrap which I used. I think that made a big difference.
  6. I got into wood turning awhile ago and got to thinking if there was a way to make some leather blanks. Finally got around to trying the last couple of weeks. The bottle stopper blank is glued up 2”x2” scraps, clamped, then drilled with a 1” forstner bit so I could glue in a wood dowel. The dowel was drilled and a threaded insert put in. The pen was made by cutting 1”x1” squares a punching a 3/8” hole in each Then it was simply a matter of a ton of CA glue, stacking the squares on a 3/8” brass tube and clamping for a few days. Same concept as a stacked leather handle. The leather turns pretty well. For those that turn I found a really sharp 3/8” bowl gouge did the trick. Sanded to 400 grit, burnished and finished with CA glue. Also found time to stitch up a quick passport wallet for an upcoming trip.
  7. Thank you. VikeFan, I really like classicbells.com. They have a very nice selection of antique and reproduction bells and hardware.
  8. It's been a long time since I've posted anything. I apologize for the poor quality of the photos - I need to remember where I put my softbox. The larger door hanger I made last year, but wasn't happy with how flexible it was - it wasn't ridgid enough to hold the bells upright. I've hand stiched a 7 oz. backer to it, and am much happier with it this year. The bells (size 8, 7, 6 and 5) are reproductions from classicbells.com and are attached with bell pins. The stag horsebrass is an ebay find. Horween dublin. The black was made from some scrap pieces died black with Fiebling's oil and the bells are pop riveted on.
  9. Pinterest is pretty much a community of copyright infringement. Providing "credit", etc. does not give one the right to display the works of others without permission.
  10. Very nice. Thanks for including the process documentation. Very informative.
  11. Found these from a Canadian firm. http://www.leevalley.com/US/hardware/page.aspx?p=72944&cat=53&ap=1
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