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    Making stuff just to see if I can.

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  1. Do you mean it's not 'manly' after all? Did I just make a handbag by mistake? :-(
  2. My neighbour laughed at me when I said I wanted to make a 'manly' tote. This is 3.5mm to 4mm thick nubuck with English Bridle hide handles cored with the leather drive belt from a (very old) lathe. Oh and it's destined to be a tool bag. Manly enough for you, Andrea? The back of the hide was treated with Tokonole to seal it and smooth it a bit. Hence the darkness. The hardware is a couple of Loxx fasteners (marine grade) rather than a zipper because things like spirit levels or steel rulers stick out the top. Dimensions: Top (closed) 47cm Base - 37cm x 13cm Height 40cm Handle drop 10cm Handle diameter (not counting seam) 14mm
  3. AndrewWR

    Camera case

    I padded and lined the front and back first, then stitched the side/bottom/side panel, then laid foam backed suede in the bottom, then the two sides got their foam and lining. The side padding holds in the bottom badding (glue too). It couldn't be stitched inside out because its bridle hide and way too stiff for that sort of construction. Turning leather of this weight and firmness inside out would crease it horribly and ruin it. Also, because the stitching goes from outside to inside, Inside out would not be any easier. This is hand stitched, like all my work. This style of construction is fiddly but it produces nice, robust seams and a relatively flat structure inside as well as outside. If you take another look at the open top photo, you'll see the rolled edge of the side panel and the folded edge of the front panel are flat against the side.
  4. AndrewWR

    Camera case

    Accessorizing now! Just occasionally, I use a couple of filters and I wanted to make a case for them. It kindo of matches the etui I did recently, because I had just enough of the pigskin left. This case is lined with pigskin suede too. It comfortably holds two 55mm Hoya filters in their plastic cases and convenientl fits in the bottom of the camera case.
  5. I'm a big fan of wet forming leather after assembly. For the very best fit, I put whatever the case is for (in this case Airpods) in a reasonably heavy duty self-seal plastic bag and leave it in the case until dry. When the plastic bag is removed, it leaves a very small amount of clearance so you can get the contents in and our without having to 'break-in' the case further but its a close enough fit to be rattle-free.
  6. Literally it means case, but when used in English the word has become a synonym for little sewing kits. It seems to be an example of an adopted word becoming more specialized than it originally was. Like the word camera (since photography is one of your interests) which originally, in Latin, meant bed chamber. I wonder if that's down to an early realization of the 'artistic' possibilities of photography in bed rooms ;-)
  7. Here's the wash bag (Dopp kit) that the etui was styled to complement. 8"x4"x4" is on the small side but the pilot it was made for said he's quite happy to use the complimentary toiletries in the hotels he stays in so he doesn't need to carry much.
  8. Just when I think I've seen it all... Fabulous! Another gratuitous victory for imagination over practicality. You are an artist and an artisan, my friend. Stay safe.
  9. I agree that Sam Brownes don't fair well under load, since leather will stretch around their post just as easily as around the tongue of a buckle. That said, This is not an application where any significant load is being put on the leather. The strap is 1.8mm thick bridle hide, which is on the firm side anyway, and both ends are fitted over the stud so the strap itself is entirely detachable and replaceable if that need ever arises. I also found that a 5x8 mm crew punch in this firmer leather makes a more wear-resistant hole than a round punch and split. With the traditional split, I found the corners get dog-eared very quickly. The crew punch hole keeps its shape much better and so does not become too loose. I use lots of Sam Brownes and often for purposes they weren't intended for. One of my earlier posts was a leather box that had Sammies as feet and as finials on a leather butt hinge, but not as the box closure. I've also used them recently as an alternative to the male half of a Loxx fastener. Turns out a 5mm Sammie engages perfectly with the female half of a Loxx fastener. Handy where space is an issue and strength is not. Thanks for the thoughtful comments, Spyros. Stay safe. :-)
  10. I don't think he'll ever need a collar stud but, at a pinch, he can always unscrew the Sam Brown and use that. :-)
  11. This is a little project that research suggests has no market value at all. At least, Google couldn't find anything that fit the brief. A friend asked for a travel sewing kit (etui) for a man. All such commercially available kits seemed to be cheap and nasty and overtly aimed at the female customer. This guy's a commercial pilot so spends a lot of time in hotels and in uniform. So... running repairs would include shirt and jacket buttons, hems on pants, torn seams and broken zippers. Gentlemen, I give you Etui Pour Homme... This card wallet sized little case is made of saddle pigskin (motorcycle saddles) and is closed with an English bridle leather strap. Inside the case, which naturally lays flat when open, are two safety pins (for broken zippers) a small but beautifully crafted pair of needlework scissors ( Baby Bow - Merchant & Mills (merchantandmills.com) ), a metre (39") of iron-on hemming tape (not pictured), a needle threader tool (not shown), two fine fabric needles, two large needles, half a dozen pins and a carbon fibre thread card to hold three colours of thread. Closed, the case measures 85mm x 55mm by 10mm + 6mm for the Sam Brown stud. Snappers, Velcro or magnets could just as easily be used as the closure but slimness wasn't my priority so I chose styling to match his dopp kit. On the slight chance somebody might think they have a similar requirement, here's the plan I drew. Stay safe. Andrew
  12. Caleb, I can only offer my moral support, but I found your comments thoughtful and measured. Good luck with your competition, your business and your family.
  13. AndrewWR

    Camera case

    Being a bridge camera user, I don't need a lot from a camera bag. A little protection from the elements and knocks and bumps. What I didn't need, and what most of the designs I looked at offered, was room to safely store the family crystal. So here's my single space camera bag, minus the shaped (and suede covered) foam that I'll add for support when ebay delivers it. There's already 1/8" (3mm actually) of 10kg density EVA between the leather and the suede but I've ordered som 10mm 45kg density EVA to properly pad it and make some support for the lens. The strap is detachable, courtesy of Loxx fasteners and doubles as the camera's strap because I've added tabs to the camera's strap anchors that have 5mm Sam Browns on them. Top tip: Loxx fasteners will lock perfectly well onto a 5mm Sam Brown stud if you want something lower in profile and less intrusive on the back side than a standard Loxx male connector. Not as strong, I'm sure, but the camera doesn't weigh that much. Carbon fiber is becoming one of my favourite materials to work with. In this bag, the suede under the flap conceals a 0.5mm sheet of CF to stiffen the flap and make it lie a bit flatter, making a better fit with the bag and supporting it when the grab handle is used. The 'weird' three belt loop system is to give me the option of attaching it to my recent backpack build if I have a lot of luggage to carry. They'll also take 1" D-rings if I just want to dangle it from a couple of snap hooks while the camera's round my neck. Stay safe. Andrew
  14. Ah! I'm so dumb! I actually thought they were needle cushions because I've seen something similar, though not so proficiently made, used to store needles but it was just a lump of wadding inside and not very heavy. You've got me thinking now. I'll have to check what offcuts of wood I have that I can route a former out of to try that. Thank you for the inspiration.
  15. Beautifully crafted and eminently practical. The same moulding, filled with shot would make fine weights for holding patterns down too. I love the punch-work. Its like brogue got an upgrade. Stay Safe.
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