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About GrayHallidayJr

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    Surfing, skating, snowboarding, spearfishing, swimming, tennis.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Guitar straps, pick guards, belts and keychains.

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  1. Catch a big one! Add it to the long list of things to do when quarantine is lifted.
  2. I’ve been studying some engraver’s work. Definitely has added depth and overlay to my simpler scrolls. Thank you. I forgot how good it can make you feel, those small moments of satisfaction it provides through the process. Good to be back at it a bit.
  3. Long time! Really enjoyed browsing recent Show Off threads, so many cool projects. I took a long break from any leather work and really enjoyed getting back to it. Here’s my latest, a hat band. I wrapped it around a cloth band I’ve been wearing on my sombrero- it’ll tighten down another notch for a perfect fit when the old band is removed. Taking it in to the hat maker to swap it out. Anyway, let me know what you think. Always looking to improve.
  4. Thanks. Faces are tough when you’ve got 1.2” of height to work with. Those eyes are tiny!
  5. Excellent! Anyone should be proud to carry that thing around.
  6. Sergey Neskromniy from Bulgaria. Quality stamps for reasonable pricing. Thanks! I appreciate it! I use a Cobra 4. Any stitching machine can be temperamental. I’m always sure to give the old gal a pat when things go smoothly. I typically pair Ebay purchased vintage buckles with my straps. You can find decent brass from the 70’s in the $10 to $30 range. Thank you.
  7. Made myself a new belt. Used the Glowforge Pro to burn in my artwork to exact dimensions. Japanese inks and some acrylic for coloring. Cobra 4 sewing machine stitched. Lined. Heavy Duty. Gary’s Casino existed for a few short years in the seventies. It’s a rare brass belt buckle- an eBay purchase. For Rounders, Reckless Gamblers and Honky Tonk Heroes Like Me.
  8. Very cool! I too have a Glowforge Pro- on the pre-order. Still honing my skills but love the results.
  9. Thank you! It’s such a generous compliment. It’s so gratifying when others enjoy your work. I feel like there’s still so much for me to learn. The work of others continues to inspire me to advance my skill. I’ll PM you, I’m open to any guidance/direction you might provide. That sounds like a dream. Thank you, Sir.
  10. Haha, I feel a lot better about how long it takes me to do a belt! Thanks for the encouragement. Re: the tooled belt, I have one that’s all hand tooled with my name stamped across the back. Stitched too. I had it done at a state fair in Indiana, as I recall. I can’t imagine someone on site banging out belts that quick!
  11. It’s time for me to make myself a new one. Been field testing my last one everyday for the last three years. It’s held up well, but my skill and tool chest has improved a bit since then. I like the way this one turned out. Maybe I’ll convert it to grown up size. Watch out for that kid. Haha.
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