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About Tugadude

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

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  1. Tugadude

    This MUST be a Joke!! ...Nope!

    I'm in St. Louis, where Monsanto is headquartered and news like this isn't good for the locals.
  2. Tugadude

    This MUST be a Joke!! ...Nope!

    Speaking of which, I just saw this today on Linked In... Bayer’s stock was jolted for a second time in less than a year after a jury in San Francisco determined the company’s Roundup weed killer caused a man’s cancer. Bayer lost a similar case in August that resulted in a $289 million verdict, which a judge reduced to $78.5 million. The German company acquired Roundup last year by purchasing Monsanto, an acquisition that “has now become its biggest potential liability,” says The Wall Street Journal, as it faces 11,200 lawsuits.
  3. Tugadude

    Thread learning

    If you like that thread, stick with it, it looks good to me. It is advertised as waxed but probably lightly is my guess. You can get roundish thread or flat. Ritza 25 is flat. Some like it, some don't. In your other thread closer stitch spacing was discussed. Did you try it? I think what they call 1.0mm would look great with 3mm Craftool irons
  4. Tugadude

    This MUST be a Joke!! ...Nope!

    Yes, you said it very well. But hey, at least somebody is profiting off of it!......
  5. Tugadude

    This MUST be a Joke!! ...Nope!

    As a former employee of a major construction chemicals manufacturer, I can feel your pain. Products that we sold the heck out of in other states were verboten in California. Then it spread somewhat to Utah. Parts of the Midwest also are enacting stricter standards on VOC's and other ingredients. We developed and introduced products to try and satisfy the customer's needs, but at the end of the day they were a pale comparison to the "standard" formulations. Some were as good, but the substitution of key ingredients made them more costly.
  6. Tugadude

    This MUST be a Joke!! ...Nope!

    It doesn't REALLY bother me, just frustrating and I'll explain why. When I worked for a global chemical manufacturer I was invited to be a member of the safety team for a time. I noticed that behaviors in regards to safety were all over the board. Some employees took it seriously, most didn't. There was definitely a "boy who cried wolf" thing going on. Most people didn't think our emails and informational campaigns pertained to them. We even tried to broaden our safety messages to include hazards in your home, but those seemed to fall on deaf ears too. In the end, I realized that messaging is difficult and it is easy for the target audience to tune out. Some messages were "read" for 0.17 seconds. The recipient, opened and closed the email immediately just so that it appeared to have been read. Shame.
  7. Tugadude

    Will elephant leather burnish?

    Surely you have some scrap from the project you can experiment on? Burnishability (a new word?) is a combination of factors and the way a leather is tanned has an impact in addition to the source of the leather itself. So the answer might be yes and might be no depending upon the tannage.
  8. Tugadude

    This MUST be a Joke!! ...Nope!

    To me the frustration is that when a warning becomes so pervasive that most folks ignore it, then is loses all validity. Does anyone pick up the hack saw and put it back on the shelf after seeing the warning on the package? Doubt it.
  9. Tugadude

    This MUST be a Joke!! ...Nope!

    I was curious if a hand tool would have a similar warning since it has no electronics. Sure enough, the hack saw had the Prop 65 warning too.
  10. Tugadude

    This MUST be a Joke!! ...Nope!

    Notice the warning near the middle of the second page...
  11. Tugadude

    This MUST be a Joke!! ...Nope!

    This is from November 2018....California violations of Prop 65. Tools are specifically called out in the first section. Any tool with plastic as a component has a probability of containing an offending chemical under the prop.
  12. Tugadude

    Help with type of Leather for a purse

    5 oz. leather is approximately 2mm in thickness. So 6/7 oz. will be a little thicker is that matters to you. I had good results in using some 4/5 oz. buffalo culatta from Springfield recently. It was a book bag for one of my daughters and was essentially a tote as you are describing. Is your tote going to be lined? That might impact your choice too. I made a tote out of some really nice latigo one time but when I finished it, I regretted using the 7 oz. thickness due to the weight. Even empty the thing was a beast. So make sure of what you want before diving in. You may want it to be a tank, so heavier is better.
  13. Tugadude

    This MUST be a Joke!! ...Nope!

    BTW, maybe by "Reproductive Harm" they meant in the hands of Lorena Bobbitt?
  14. Tugadude

    This MUST be a Joke!! ...Nope!

    I worked for a chemical manufacturer. On new products, the packaging had to be evaluated by a team in both the U.S. and then Germany (where the parent company resided). The process would take up to 3 months and one of the main reasons was legal conformance. Companies with deep pockets are easy targets for lawsuits and even smaller ones like C.S. Osborne must take great pains to prevent themselves from being easy marks. What bothers me is when the warnings cease to be about helping people stay healthy and companies shielding themselves from tort action. How is that really helping anybody? It is sort of how everything is "green" these days. It went from a good thing to simply a marketing ploy.