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About Sheilajeanne

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  1. I haven't heard anyone mention this supplier, but I think they are really great. Tribal Spirit Leather https://tribalspiritmusic.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjw4c-ZBhAEEiwAZ105RXsg0ssq0FF0s04HJcHkLlahNyJG2l4ITvd4PHvVLCzlWohSleQp5xoC2fMQAvD_BwE They specialize in moose and deer leather, but today I saw where they now have cow leather available, tanned using the same method they use on their deer and moose leather. They are owned and operated by Canadian indigenous people, and all moose and deer hides come from hunters who have killed the animals for food. They offer split leather as well as full thickness hides, and have an absolute rainbow of colours. Prices are reasonable, especially if you watch for their specials, or are buying in bulk. Their leather is much better and cheaper than what I've seen in Tandy's stores. They also have bison leather, rawhide and hoops for making drums, sinew, and native medicines, plus too many other products to mention. Shipping is very fast, and my first shipment included a CD of native music. Not to my taste, but it was a nice gesture! Some of their products such as bear grease, certain medicines, furs and feathers cannot be shipped to the States
  2. Cool! When I first started archery, I remember reading that about the feathers having to come from the same wing of the goose. I think Ernest Thompson Seton's book Two Little Savages goes into quite a bit of detail about how to construct bows and arrows. That might have been where I saw the info. Hmm...still have that book somewhere! Both my brother and I tried making our own bows and arrows as kids. We weren't old enough to be very successful at it though! I remember my brother ramming a splinter of wood all the way to the base of his fingernail during a failed attempt to make an arrow. A trip to the hospital followed...
  3. Okay, as a result of this thread, I am looking at dusting off my bow, and joining a local archery club! I can't remember the last time I shot. My shooting companion was my husband, and I quickly lost interest in it after he died. Not a lot of fun doing something like this alone, though for awhile, I was encouraging his older son to shoot with me. Fred, you've piqued my interest in learning the traditional longbow style of shooting, but it looks like I will probably have to join the local S.C.A. in order to learn that (Society for Creative Anachronism.) It is a totally different style from what's being taught in schools and archery clubs in N. America. Hmm...this could get very interesting! How are things going with the shooting glove? If you are planning to copy my glove, the biggest challenge is likely going to be finding a piece of elastic wide enough! I guess you could substitute some stretchy thin leather, if you can't find elastic that's the right width.
  4. The cheap steel knives need frequent sharpening and stropping. This is pretty much anecdotal, but I've noted high carbon steel will ring like a bell if you strike it/flick it with a finger. (Have a quality round knife I paid big bucks for, and noticed this.)
  5. If you do a search re. the Al Stohlman round knife, you'll find the newer ones are made of poor low-carbon steel, so they don't hold an edge well at all, and are a waste of money. That may have changed in the last few years, but I doubt it. ftnpenlvr, awesome work!
  6. Guess it's way past time for me to dig out Hardy's book and re-read it! Wow, never knew that about the Queen! I certainly doubt I could do that, even when I was at my best.
  7. Well, England being where the longbow was invented, it doesn't surprise me there are more longbow archers there than anywhere else. And Fred, you definitely have knowledge about archery that is not taught anywhere I've been shooting on this side of the pond! Very interesting! I'm the only archer I know that has never used a bow sight and shoots bare bow (except for the arrow rest). Everyone else seems to have every imaginable gizmo attached to their bow, from kisser buttons to bow stabilizers! I just came across this picture on FB. Who are the men in uniform holding longbows, as they stand vigil over the Queen's casket in St. Giles Cathedral? I figured you'd probably know.
  8. Cool! And very pretty! Have yet to meet an archer that uses one, though I have seen archers use a caliper release.
  9. What's the purpose of a thumb ring, Chuck? Yeah, I knew that about the traditional longbows. I have a book about the history of the longbow, and it covers what they found on the Mary Rose in depth. Actor Robert Hardy was the author - I didn't know up until then that he was an avid archer and historian! I just knew him as Siegfried on All Creatures Great and Small. https://www.amazon.ca/Longbow-Military-History-Robert-Hardy/dp/0750943912 Edit: VERY glad I bought the book when it first came out, and only cost $20!! Wow! My bow looks like a broomstick type medieval longbow, but it's actually laminated wood, and has an arrow rest.
  10. Fred, for a left handed archer, the arrow rest should be on the right side, as when they loose the string, it tend to throw the arrow to the left. This would make it go off target if the rest were on the right. Does your bow not have an arrow rest?
  11. Wow! That's a surprise! The biggest problem with being a leftie is finding a left-handed bow! My husband had one custom made for me. Up until then, I used a fiberglass cheapie with a rubber handle that allowed you to rest the arrow on either side. I had a guitar teacher who was left handed, but he played right handed. If you've ever played a guitar or other stringed instrument, you'll know the left hand does 90% of the work, so what he said made sense to me: "I can't do much of anything with my right hand!" Made me wonder why right handed people don't finger the frets with their RIGHT hands! Anyhoo, happy to be of help! If you have any questions, feel free to bug me! I really like the glove, and can't think of anything I'd change about it. Sometimes I have to slip the tabs off my fingers to pull arrows out of the target, and the elastic gives me the flexibility to do that without undoing the wrist strap.
  12. Okay, third picture: Hope this helps! The furry bits you see at the end of the fingers are pieces of thread that were obviously cut rather than burned the way a decent leather crafter would do it! I have just been looking more carefully at the glove to see what makes it left-handed rather than right-handed. It's the shape of the finger stalls. The part of the stall that faces up when your hand is in the shooting position comes just to the base of the second finger joint. The other side of the stall is slightly longer. You can see that in my first photo above. And, of course, the closing strap has to be on the other side of the glove. Took me 3 tries to close it when I tried it on my right hand! There's a LOT more to fitting it properly than I can show in the photos. You will need to do some experimenting, and possibly borrow a glove or two from the other archers in her club. The elastic is a good idea. It allows the glove to stretch when I bend my hand into the shooting position. The finger stalls are too stiff to bend, so this gives the glove the flexibility it needs. The finger stalls all look to be identical in size. The only difference is the piece of suede going down the middle of the stall has to be longer to fit the middle finger. The suede extends pretty much to the tip of each finger.
  13. I haven't shot for quite a few years, but always preferred a glove. Since I was a leftie, my husband had a hard time finding one. Here it is: FredK: OUCH!! I used to use a cut-off section of a lady's dress glove, which, of course, was very thin leather. When I moved to a bow that was heavier than a 20 lb.pull, my poor fingers needed something thicker. The leather on this is about 3-4 oz. for the finger tabs. The closure is velcro, and the black part is elastic. The suede part that covers the back of the hand also extends down the middle of each finger, and attaches to the heavier leather just about over top of where your fingernails would start. The sides of the heavier leather fold up in a U shape, and are sewn to the suede. There's a tab of the heavier leather that goes down the middle of the U to attach to the end of the suede piece. Ugh. If you can't figure it out from my description, I will take another photo that shows it more plainly!
  14. Reuse, recycle - that piece of Hermann oak is big enough to be made into something else that's useful. But I definitely feel your pain! We've all been there, done that if we've been doing leatherwork for any length of time. Sometimes mistakes can be hidden - sometimes not! I remember I wound up lacing the top edge of a bag because my edge skiving went a little wrong, and the lace hid the 'accident' quite well!
  15. Yeah, Jay Hernandez is one of the first Latinos to get a starring role in a series (the new Magnum, P.I.) since Ricky Ricardo. He even joked about it during the first season, when he tells Rick to stay on the boat, because "Sharks prefer white meat." If you want to see Montalban's acting chops, here he is as Khan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7bExIrjxRc&t=7s&ab_channel=RussellB. This is only a small part of that opening scene, which concludes with Khan inserting the Ceti eel babies into Chekov and the other man's ears.
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