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  1. Dunluce

    Piping question

    I have a question about using piping in a bag to join the gusset on to the front and back. I have never tried it before and I am wondering how you finish it at each end. Anything I have seen on the internet doesn’t address this. I would think it would look a bit bulky and untidy just to cut it off flush. Any info about how to use and finish piping would be much appreciated
  2. A work colleague bought a bunch of old tools and there were some leather work ones in the box. One mystery is the tool below; we don’t even know if it is for leatherwork but I thought I would give it a go here. The two pictures are self explanatory as to how it works. Looks to me like you insert it and then use the lever to expand the hole?
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    Work surface in small apartment

    I have the same problem. I went and got a sawn section of tree where they had been cutting in a local park. It’s about 40mm in diameter and 20mm deep. It wasn’t quite even but I stuck some bits of thick leather on the bottom to stabilise it and they also help absorb the blows and deaden sound. It’s a great punching surface and it was free. i don’t know where you are in London but I got mine at Hackney Marshes just the other side of the Olympic Park. If you walk along the path adjacent to the river Lea there are loads of cut logs, you should be able to find one that suits. A word or warning, try and take some thing to carry it in they are deceptively heavy (that’s what makes it a good surface). I took a sack barrow.
  4. I came across Black Mountains Leather recently. They have some nice looking tools and but I don’t know anything about them (the site is very sparse on words and descriptions). I am wondering if anyone out there have used them or any of their tools, particularly their pricking irons. You can find them at https://www.blackmountainsleather.com/
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    C.S. Osborne No. 86 splitter restoration

    Thanks JCUK, I will have a good look at them later. While I am on here, since you have had your machine an it is still performing well how do you sharpen your blade?
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    C.S. Osborne No. 86 splitter restoration

    When you say a lap skive do you mean a tapered skive like used when joining two leather strips together? The reason I ask is that I have been looking at getting one of these and I believe the 86a will do this. I don’t think I would need the extra two inch width the (substantially dearer) 84 offers
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    Black Mountains Leather Tools

    Well,decilhide that seems to clear up my original question. It’s good to see someone selling these tools in the UK. I have me eye on one or two things and will be in touch soon.
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    Wallet Making Question

    Why not use a small piece of your leather and trial a couple of different thread sizes to see which you like the look of best. Usually a #2 saddlers needle is used with larger sizes and a #4 with smaller
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    Black Mountains Leather Tools

    Hmmm, apologies if it was felt that I implied something. I didn’t mean to.
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    Black Mountains Leather Tools

    I would be surprised if they were fraudulent as the way I came across them was in the recent edition of 'Waxing the Thread' magazine and that they have an active Facebook site. That said the website does not fill me with confidence. Even if it is rebranded (quality) Chinese stuff I wouldn't mind as sometimes the cheaper price doesn't look so cheap once the import tax is added.
  11. I like it. The stitching is maybe a bit large but it suits the wallet
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    Wallet Templates

    Ian Atkinson (Leodis Leather) also does a simpler patttern than the folded edge one. It isa lot cheaper and has a few options for build. A a six slot bifold is one of these. It is well explained and has an accompanying video
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    Wallets layers?

    If you are determined to have 6 slots in a row how about doing it this way
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    Leathercraft Masterclass

    Phil, i tried on my laptop and iPad. It was better on the laptop but was still slow. On the iPad some page just failed to load at all.
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    Leathercraft Masterclass

    Philip, i htought I would have a look at your site and from what I see it looks interesting . Your free backstitch video was well explained . However I have found the site quite glitchy. Some pages takes ages to load and sometimes they only partially load then stop. I’m not criticising but just making you aware that it may put people off. I don’t know if anyone else had the same problem
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    Tiger ver Far East threads

    Lie most others here I have tried several different threads but it is only with Tiger thread that I am more prone to the problem of stabbing the thread. I am not sure why but it is what it’s is. In addition actuallly prefer the way a round thread site especially with the ‘slanted’ style of stitching.
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    Smell of Leather

    This reminds me on going to Petticoat Lane market in London years ago to buy a leather jacket. I found the smell of the leather really overpowering in the warehouse section of the market that sold the jackets. I was told later , by someone in the know, that they sprayed the jackets with gas canisters at the start of the day to give that ‘leather’ smell
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    Tiger ver Far East threads

    Zuludog, yes there is a British supplier. It is Artisan leather at http://www.artisanleather.co.uk Be aware there is a notice on the site at present announcing the owner is sick and no orders will be taken until early October but you can still have a look at what they have got. I have always found them helpful and a quick service. At present they have 0.45 and 0.65 mm. And it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than Tiger thread.
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    Tiger ver Far East threads

    I just bought some Amy Rose polyester thread and I like the way it sews and how it sits . Maybe it’s just me but I seem to have a problem with Tiger thread in that I keep catching it with the opposite needle when I an stitching and end up sewing through the middle of the thread. I don’t do that anywhere near as much with any other type of thread.
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    Brass Briefcase Locks

    Abbey England has solid brass locks such as these http://abbeyengland.com/Store/List/0/CategoryID/426/Level/a
  21. I love simple well made clean looking leatherwork like this. Well done. Can I ask what thickness leather this is?
  22. I have started a bag for my sister and I bought some leather which is described as ‘Burnishing, Medium Handle, Natural Characteristics & Feature, Oiled, Pull Up, Soft Handle, Vegetable Tanned (Pure), Waxy’. I have no complaints about the leather itself, it seems good quality and and it has the soft feel she wants but it does mark very easily compared to what I have used before. There are several marks from where I have been working and after turning it you can see where it has be creased etc. Is that just a feature of this type of leather and is it something you cannot prevent against but rather let it happen and it become part of the character of the bag giving it a worn and used look?
  23. Just one other thing. Is it okay to apply conditioner to pull up (don’t ask, why but I have already done it)
  24. Thanks for the replies. I thought that might be the case and to be honest I quite like the look. My sister is getting the bag for free so she will have to like it too!,