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About HondoMan

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  • Birthday 06/10/1964

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    Oberallgäu, Bavaria, Germany
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    Medieval Fests, Concerts, fests in general, working on me 25years old VW T3 bus, Whisky, and the Mountains

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    Bags, belts, armbands, key fobs, sheaths

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  1. After dying it a total of three times, with 24 hours between, that marbling is near on gone. In the sun one can see it, albeit only a wee bit. I agree that it is unique to have the marbling and near on impossible to create, it would be too much bother to have it on offer. Perhaps the next butt doesn't have the effect and a belt or bag was order for such. Problem solved and learned something.
  2. I was away yesterday, so unable to respond. To be honest, a colleague and good mate in Austria died and I was attending his funeral. His tooling was fantastic. Be that as it may, before I left, I dyed the leather one more time and let it sit for 24 hours. This morning I took a wee peek and it appears better. That marbling has lessened. I'll do it one more time and see how it fares. To answer some of the questions above: Aye, I have bought butt from this tannery before - many times. Never an issue in the past. As I stated, I did a blue belt about a fortnight ago and there was no issue. I would expect marbling from belly, but I never use belly - haven't since a donkey's age. This leather comes from Italy. I buy either from Italy or England. We do have a tannery here in Germany, but I stopped buying from them about a year or so ago. As far as being perhaps a less expensive leather, I pay roughly 200€ for a double butt. I wouldn't call that on the cheap. I believe the end result will have a very light amount of marbling, but not overly noticeable. I do appreciate the comments and info you lot have offered. Enjoy your weekend. Cheers!
  3. I shake all liquids before use. That's not the issue. As one can see, the black did it as well, as you mentioned. I can't sell the belt this way, unless I can sort out the marbling. I'll cut another piece off, dye it and see what can be done to even the colour out. If not, I need to contact the tannery. The info on the fats in the leather possibly causing the marbling is helpful. Cheers!
  4. Right then, ordered some vegtan butt, which arrived this morning. It appears spot on and I've never had an issue with this tannery before. I cut off two strips for a belt in the making and dyed both. I immediately noticed an odd colouring and marbling. I just completed a dark blue belt about two weeks ago without issue using a different leather. It near on appears purple and this marbling effect... I did a test piece of the blue and it looks as it should. I need to contact the tannery, obviously. This marbling effect... is that from the tannage or the bull itself? The fact that dark blue (Pro Dye) is leaving this a slight purple, it makes me wonder on the tannage. I am unsure what caused this, hence asking here. Cheers!
  5. The ideas are brilliant, you lot. Regardless the outcome, I'll post a few wee photos here. Due to current orders, it will be around August, I feel.
  6. Aye, git the jist.... boot nooo. Had a wee craic with the owner. We're gooin with what ah sed, boot with wee 'parachutes' on each end to aye deck tha noon threaded part. To clarify that, the threaded ends will lay next to each other in the 'pen sheath' with the rope tie ends out - five per side. Then two round pieces of leather covering the non-threaded ends. These will be secured in a parachute fashion to each other. Lastly, there will be a carry strap. Robert is your father's brother!
  7. @toxo, aye I agree. This is a non-starter. I ran a belt idea by the customer, initially, but he was against it. He wants to be able to pack the screws in a rucksack. I came up with an idea this morning and it will be similar to yours, albeit different. To a degree it will be roll-able. Laying each next to each other (threaded part) on a 'belt' and the thread part covered much like a pen sheath. The unthreaded section will be exposed. Five on one side and five on the other. A wee piece of leather through one of the holes - stitched to the belt on one end and possible a popper on the other attached to the sheath for the threaded part. This should allow it to 'roll'. Could also add a buckle and strap to the opposite ends when laid flat so it could be worn over the shoulder, just as convenience. Thanks for the input and your idea. Cheers!
  8. Fiebing did make white and grey dye once, but no more. To counter it, I've ordered white and grey from the tannery. Even from a tannery, can be daunting to find. As a home recipe, perhaps this might be helpful: Don't know if it works, but this lad seems to think so. Will take quite a bit of time.
  9. Ice screws...... and a toolroll. Had a customer in the shop yesterday and he wants a toolroll for this 'L' shaped tool. The issue at hand is the rolling aspect of this wee toolroll. Due to it's shape, I cannot find a means to make it roll properly. I've sketched out various styles, but nothing is coming into that 'wee wet noodle between mah ears' that will make this roll. Perhaps this is a non-starter. The type of roll I end up with ends in more of a stacking style... Also, to add insult to injury, 9 of these are 160mm in length and the 10th one is 200mm. The one that is 4cm longer is truly unhelpful. Perhaps one of you have done something similar or have an idea? Cheers!
  10. Aye.... mah gran referred to our cousins in the colonies as gummies. Never knew why, til she passed. Mah auntie told me it was due to the chewing gum. As a wee bairn I was rather daft. I would make a wee remark about the deep fried, but FFS, in my homeland, we're known to deep fry chocolate bars. Never had one and never will. Bawbaggery!
  11. This is one of those leather mysteries that will stay such I think. Much like the ever mystical left-handed leather tools.... Stockists have on offer, what they think sells. I suppose. They offer a wee press, but few fittings. No one carries a complete set of fittings for poppers, all types of rivets and eyelets. But in studying this, I discovered most, but not all presses have a base size of 12mm and the upper threaded part, 6,3mm. Seems I'll have to work with that. Found a stunning old Rodus Spindle Press, completely refurbished for 100€. I do love old tools. Now it will be a matter of finding proper fittings and these are scattered around the Interwebs, all over the EU. Will take time, but such is life. At least I have a solution. Cheers!
  12. How interesting to read on the posting matters.... gave me a wee laugh. Germany is no different folks. I ordered something from Kempten, Germany, about 20min north of me. It was mailed, if I recall on the Monday. I was sent an email with the tracking number. A few hours after the email was sent, I looked at the DHL website to see where it was. It traveled 70km north of Kempten. Had a wee nighttime pause, then made the 90km trip south to me - the same bloody day! Aye, I did have it the day after it was posted, but FFS, why did it need to travel north, just to come back south? One might think the postal service here is still run by the government.... disorganised and senseless!
  13. A wee update on Yangtools. In a leather-working FB group, a lad posted a photo of his recent purchase. A lefty plough gauge! That's extremely rare. Indeed. It arrived yesterday, so I asked him to let me know how he gets on with it in the following weeks. He doesn't have a proper website - only Instagram. That concerns me, greatly. Also, the gauge only goes to 8cm, I believe. No easy to see from the few photos. But a lefty gauge is interesting. No one else makes one.
  14. The don't have machines on offer. Only rivets and poppers.
  15. A wee look at their website looks promising. I'll send them an email in the morning. Cheers!
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