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    St. Louis, MO
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    Leathercraft, vintage bicycles and my family.

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  1. Answering questions like this is always like trying to hit a target blindfolded. We really don't have enough information. The type of tools matter, the type of leather matters and we really don't know exactly what the issues are. You have gotten lots of advice, good advice and I hope there are answers in there. All I can tell you is that when it comes to making cuts, I found that thinner leather is more difficult because it can tend to stretch when you apply pressure with a knife. So the knife needs to be very sharp, or, you need to learn how to use the rotary knife that I believe you have. But again, even the rotary knife needs a sharp blade. And you need to hold it at a consistent 90 degree angle to the leather. And hold down tight on the straight edge too. Regarding the stitching, following along with the Nigel Armitage videos will help. You can get some decent diamond stitching chisels for very little money. I recommend Springfield Leather for that. Weaver is another good source.
  2. Study Brian’s work. Everything is thought out, attractive and as close to perfect as you’ll find. And he is generous to help encourage others. I’ve learned so much through his examples.
  3. I don't think you want to use garment leather. It is likely to be too flimsy. You want the leather to have a little stiffness to it. Supple, but stiff.
  4. Great news on the 0.8mm Rhino Thread. I used the 1.0mm on a minimalistic wallet and it was OK, but smaller would have been preferable.
  5. Everything is relative. There are some on this forum that would consider that just fine or even a little skinny. They frequently recommend 4/5 for the outside and 2/3 or 3/4 for the inside. Chunky doesn't bother them I guess. I'm with you. That needs slimming. So yes, thinner leather is the way to go. Depending on who you are buying from, they might offer splitting service. They can then give you exactly what you need. I think Weaver does it. As far as the lines, part of it is probably just lack of practice, but there is also technique involved. I have gotten in the habit of using a grooving tool to make the line. I don't remove any leather, just let the sharp part create a scratch. It gives me accurate spacing from the edge and it is nice and straight. As far as pre-punching holes, I've never needed to do that on a wallet. I have done it on thick, multi-layer bags and satchels though and again, it is easy after you practice a few times. On a positive note, your stitching looks way better! So good job on that!
  6. I found this video interesting. The same technique may work well on the faux leather you intend to use.
  7. Nice work! I agree something should be done with regard to the flap and side condition. Here's one idea, using snaps to "cinch" it in on the sides. Others have used a drawstring arrangement. In the one below, a leather strap in place of a cord or string. I'm sure you've also probably seen the ones that feature a rolled top. I see some wisdom in those. Certainly they provide better protection.
  8. OK, that would make sense. For some reason I was assuming it was a pipe tobacco pouch. Isn't that funny how an assumption takes you in a direction where you can't see other avenues?
  9. Very nice project. It is always fun to see the way folks do things. You clearly demonstrate that you can achieve very nice stitching without spending a small fortune on tools. You are very efficient at the way you do it. Is the small pocket supposed to be for a lighter? I wasn't sure. I suppose the pouch could be modified to hold a particular size lighter. Thanks for sharing that video with us.
  10. Found this on the internet regarding my use of crickets. I keep forgetting there are folks from all over the globe and we all have our own idioms. To hear crickets or crickets means silence. The idea is that the only thing one can hear is the chirping of crickets. Crickets are insects that may be found in many parts of the world. There are many species of crickets, including field crickets, tree crickets, scaly crickets, mole crickets, house crickets, and hundreds more. Only male crickets chirp by rubbing their forewings together, which is called stridulation. The idiom to hear crickets or crickets became popular in the twentieth century. This most probably stems from the use of crickets to designate the quiet of an evening depicted in radio plays or in films. The sound of crickets came into use in cartoons to mean silence, usually when an awkward moment was being exploited for humorous reasons. Today, when someone says “crickets” or “all I heard was crickets”, he means that an awkward silence occurred. This may mean the listener did not agree with the speaker or approve of what the speaker was saying. It is often used to describe an instance where a joke falls flat and no one in the audience laughs.
  11. Might be an American expression. Basically it means so quiet you can hear crickets. No reply = crickets.
  12. While I didn’t do it for recognition, it is frustrating how many times help is taken for granted. I will take a positive attitude and assume the OP has gotten busy and not viewed my post(s). Yep, their last visit was Wed. 1:28 p.m. So, that explains it.
  13. I think it is really a matter of style. Do you want to feature the stitching or not? Turned bags are quicker for me to stitch because I sometimes use fewer stitches per inch as compared to bags on which the stitching is visible.
  14. And finally, when I want to make something I rarely use a pattern. I guess I'm lucky in that I can typically just eyeball something and approximate the sizes and then adjust as necessary. I know many can't do that. So the way I approach it is I go online and search for examples of what I want to create and then I take a little from one design and little from another and combine them all to make something that meets all of my needs. Here's an example of a screen shot of a number of rolls. Just search for "leather knife roll". There's probably more patterns out there to find also.
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