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About LumpenDoodle2

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  • Birthday 07/20/1960

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    Making interesting stuff, out of canvas, leather, fabric. Vacuum forming, hot foil, bookbinding, woodwork, and old Singer sewing machines.

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    Western re-enactment
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  1. You’ve put together a good bit of kit there.
  2. Been there, done that..... it’s so easy to forget to check the simple stuff, and dive into faffing about with tension/timing/whatever. A timely reminder.
  3. That is a nicely made belt, and a good choice of buckle. My wee brain gets addled with Celtic designs, I start to lose my place with them, so yes, well done on that alone.
  4. Over the last couple of months, the majority of my customers have been from America (at its peak, hitting 20 orders for rigs in 4 days, so I know of what I speak), and the delivery rates have varied from 5 to 20 days. Again, keep in mind that this is from Scotland to most US States, so my parcels are moving through a lot of hands to get to their destination. With the longest delays, I can see via tracking, that parcels can sit at Heathrow Airport in England for up to 7 days before any further tracking movement. Some can then sit for another 7 days at the main sorting hubs, before going out to local sorting offices. I have to say that this is usually the worst case scenario, and changes from week to week, but is still frustrating for everyone. Throw in a US Customs check, and your beard grows grey waiting for delivery. Having spoken to a couple of neighbours who work with Royal Mail, I very much appreciate that everyone is working hard to keep on top of backlogs, caused by stuff outside of their control. Doesn’t stop some customers from doing the equivalent of “are we there yet.....are we there yet......are we there yet...?”
  5. I have made a full buscadero gun rig in pink for one of my regular customers. She loved it. Me? Mehh..... Fredk, I agree with that woman. The only advantage to owning a set of pink tools is you are guaranteed not to have them stolen.
  6. Spyros, I agree with you, it’s very easy to get bogged down worrying about pricing, and pushing items that there isn’t really either a good market for, or is too expensive to make. I have a couple of ‘bread and butter’ items which sell very well. My customers tell me they are priced at the low end of the scale, but I am under no illusion as to the fact that I feel I am a ‘jobbing’ leatherworker, selling to a niche which suits my style. I have slowly crept the prices up to where I am now happy that everything is covered, and have gained a number of regular return customers over the years. I have very low overheads, and have been lucky enough to source materials at very low prices (including sewing machines), and buy stock in bulk when I can. My two standard items cover all my bills, and gives me a wage, and where I push the boat out is with customers who asks for a personalised item. These are where my heart lies, and although I have been told I still do not charge enough compared with others, I charge what I feel my ‘niche’ will support, and still have cash in the bank. I have in the past, been contacted by 2 leatherworkers who have complained that my prices are too low, and I should raise them to be compatible with theirs. My answer to them is that if their product is of a higher quality, then they deserve a higher price. My niche is the ‘utility’, cowboy of the 1800’s, with no frills. Sort of the Black & Decker drill, compared to the Makita, both drill holes, but everyone has a Black and Decker hidden in their shed somewhere. At the end of it all, as important as making and selling an item for a profit is, I have found that finding your niche market helps the pricing side fall into place way easier.
  7. Ascot has a lot to answer for. Can’t remember where I stole this one.
  8. What do you call a mushroom buying everyone drinks at a bar. A fungi to be with. I’ll get me coat..............
  9. Earlier this year, I moved my leather stamping workbench out of the conservatory (concrete floor), and into another room (wooden floor). I wanted to make sure there was no chance of the sound travelling along the floor joists, and annoying my next door neighbour, so I put thick anti vibration pads under the legs of the stamping block. I also put a big pad of the rubber under the granite block itself. Being a bit anal, I used a decibel meter, to test the difference, and these measures did noticeably deaden the ‘air borne’ noise. As to noise travelling along the floor joists, my neighbour says she never noticed anything prior to my noise dampening anyway. Made me feel happier knowing I had made the effort though.
  10. I’ve found that the Singer 29 is one of those machine that may not be used too often, but I’d miss it if I got rid of mine. Its ability to get into tight spaces has saved me a fair few times, but it is limited on the thickness of leather you can sew with it.
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