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

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  1. No expert here, but from what I've read here and elsewhere, kangaroo hides are commonly much thinner that cow and other animals, but you get the same or even more tensile strength anyway. A quick search yielded one site offering "extra heavyweight" kangaroo at 1.2mm, which is 3 oz. If you desire 10 oz. for its thickness, you can always do layers of kangaroo, but you might not want to do all of that stitching. If I were making a dog leash, I'd be looking for quality latigo, which offers a lot of strength as well as moisture-resistance. Good luck!
  2. Make Supply makes templates which might be very useful if you intend to make multiple wallets of the same type. Their site is here: https://makesupply-leather.com/templates/free-leather-templates/ Choose a style that you like and download the template for free. If it is something you really like, order the pre-made templates which make your life easier. They even have videos!
  3. Here's a tutorial that might give you some ideas. http://woodtrekker.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-make-leather-axe-sheath.html
  4. Chuck beat me to it. Another point you need to address is where the welt terminates. I would taper the leather welt on the ends so that it transitions more smoothly to two layers. This example is cut to eliminate the need...
  5. Nice work above. The lacing is some of the best I’ve seen.
  6. I think there's much to learn for all of us here. Reflecting on one's work is helpful. Many if not most of us here don't make a living off of our leatherwork, but there are those who do. And those who do have to figure out ways to separate themselves from the herd so to speak. That might be in their marketing, but oftentimes it is in the work itself. And even those of us who do this just because we can and we love it can figure out ways to differentiate what we do. Rossr made a good point about not wanting to copy the work of others he sees on the web. That's the right approach. However, one can always take a bit from here and a bob from there and cobble together something unique to them. And it should be based on one's own taste, what appeals to them, while also providing something universal in appeal. Not always easy to do. I saw a brand which used indigo dye on a lot of their work, fading from raw leather to a transparent indigo wash and finally to opaque indigo. I'd hate to see a bunch of folks attempting to do the same. To me that dilutes that person's brand. If everyone began to try it, wouldn't that negate the special feeling you get when you view that company's offerings? But if that technique appeals to you, maybe there's a way to vary it and turn it into something unique to you. Just some random thoughts. The examples below are similar to the one I remember. The gradient effect is similar, but notice how one company, the first and last examples, are bands of color while the other company, the one represented in the middle, took a different approach. That's similar to what I'm suggesting, taking a concept and changing it so you're not copying.
  7. I hope Rossr will keep us posted on his thoughts and his experiments. I'm sure there'll be a lesson for all of us in his journey.
  8. Welcome to the forum. My wife and I visited your lovely state last year and had a glorious time! So many treasures. I had been there on business, but it was much better kicking back and just soaking it all in. As far as being a rough hack, you can learn some tips here that hopefully will allow you to eliminate both of those words from your vocabulary. It takes patience, but once you begin to see improvements you will be energized. I know I was. Good luck!
  9. I wish you good luck. And I'm sure you'll get some good advice on machines from knowledgeable folks here. I know nothing about sewing machines except what I see posted here, which is they sure aren't perfect. There's a learning curve. You have a formidable task ahead. I hope you experience success.
  10. Don't know I'd want snapping turtle that close to my crotch.
  11. Reach out to RockyAussie and/or Rockoboy
  12. After thinking on this awhile I came up with literally dozens of examples of companies whose products feature a "signature" element in them. Of course there are iconic logos such as Polo, Gucci, Rolex, etc., but there are other, less obvious ones too. The little triangular-shaped accent on the bottom of the Untuckit shirts for example. Knowledgeable folks see that and know it is Untuckit brand and not a pretender. I've seen designers that incorporate a specific color into their line of products. One that comes to mind is Rachel Ray cookware, with bright orange, red and teal blue colors all around. Maybe you figure a way to introduce a signature color into your work. Or maybe a signature animal. Bellroy uses an owl on their products, for example. These sorts of "little things" seem to add up to way more in terms of making a product desireable. Every year some new designer drops a unique look and suddenly "everyone" has to have one. Just some more thoughts to consider. By the way, I didn't mention the knife. Your work is excellent and your knives are always interesting and attractive.
  13. So true about building on what others have done. There are myriad examples out there to learn from, to study and to honor by taking bits and pieces and incorporating them into your work. There is truly nothing new under the sun, yet every now and then I see something that makes me pause and go "wow", that's cool. Probably because I've never seen it before is all. When I seek inspiration I will often just google something and then click on the "images" tab on the browser. I get overwhelmed by dozens and often hundreds of photos of what I'm interested in. If you haven't, try it. Just put what you are looking for in the search bar and take a chance. Do you have a favorite color? Most people do. Maybe you find a way to incorporate that color into all of your work? When you encounter a product that has someone's "signature", take note of it and remember it, how they created it. I just did a quick search for 'exotic leather knife sheaths' This is the result...there's tons more when you scroll down.
  14. The work is nice and clean, but you might want to try adding some color to make them pop a bit. Maybe using an antique finish on the detail work, or better yet, how about using an inlay of differently-colored leather, or exotic, etc.. Create some contrast maybe. The sheath that has the diagonal bit with what looks like hoof prints could have been created with an overlay, making it look like a reinforcing strap or something. Adding depth is another way to create a unique look. Here's a unique look. Got this off of Nigel Armitage's website. It is work done by one of his students. I think the ones below are some of Nigel's work. I hope this gives you some inspiration. And that's the idea, not to copy, but to let the work of others help you develop your own look. Creating your own "signature" is a lofty goal, but it can be done. I've seen some very unique leatherwork here on the forum. Sometimes it is based upon color, sometimes the choice of leather, sometimes just different techniques combined in interesting ways. Find your look!
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