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    Double turned edge card wallet

    Still not 100% sure how to perfect the corners but at least now the blades are sharp enough and turned edges are light enough. Alran Sully Red, Fil Au Chinois 632 Rouge.
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    New black engineer boots. My fourth leather project.

    Darn! I have been thinking about shoemaking and for a fourth project, this is amazing.
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    Attaché test piece based on Philip Jury's course

    Aw, excellent is you being nice. It's got plenty of issues. Funny how many people's comment upon first seeing this is ... drug dealer's money case. Not mitered but yes, box stitched.
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    Attaché test piece based on Philip Jury's course

    If you're making a case in which the leather is more for cosmetics (wrapped on frame), check out a video on Youtube showing how Swaine Adeney Brigg makes theirs and also the one from Equus. The frame for this one is MDF and the leather is 6-7 oz bridle, but I'm pretty sure I can use steel or aluminum sheets/plates instead of MDF. Alternatively, Philip's courses are worth the subscription cost. Lining is glued. No idea about weight, but I'm curious too. Will let you know.
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    Attaché test piece based on Philip Jury's course

    Hey thanks! It's appropriate as I can't tell clients I have to charge them $300-$500 just for the quilt. At least, I doubt they'll pay for that. It's goat suede. I don't like pig suede.
  6. I haven't finished it and might not since it's a test piece and I was only using it to figure out the construction and procedures shown in Philip's courses. However, this piece was enough to get me actual orders, so it did its job and more. If the photo were of higher quality, you'd be able to see the mistakes I made on stitching and other things. It's surprisingly easy to make, but like many simple pieces, you need to have good mastery of the basic skills. The quilted padding I did by hand this time and it took about 10 hours (3.38 mm KS Blade round dent). Call me a sell out, but I'm using a sewing machine for that in the future. Sedgwick Dark Havana, locks from MMC Colombo (Abas), Fil Au Chinois 532 and 632, KS 3.85 pricking iron (regular and inverse) and 3.38 round dent.
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    Errr... box stitching practice?

    To be honest, I don’t know how it would turn out. The stretching makes it hard to align the suede and the “belt” especially when there is a curve. Just need to make sure it doesn’t stretch too much.
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    Errr... box stitching practice?

    Drop in lining, navy lamb suede. The suede stretched a little too much so for the next few I’ll have to either change to fabric or tape the suede. A little update.
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    Errr... box stitching practice?

    Thanks! Yes, I drafted the pattern.
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    Errr... box stitching practice?

    Need a lot of patience.
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    Leathercraft Masterclass

    It's worth it. I'm at a stage where I can produce better products than most of what's shown in free Youtube leatherwork videos, and from my experience, both Nigel and Philip's paid contents are worth it. If you want to build a solid foundation and you can discern the difference, you'll think what they are charging is quite cheap. What sold me the idea of buying contents is Nigel's class from 2019 in Berkeley because it just answered so many questions I've had since I started in summer 2017, and he gave many simple and clear answers to some questions I'd spent a longtime wondering but received no clear answers online. Nigel's Vimeo breaks down very basic techniques into manageable small chunks and gives you ample information on the why's and how's. Philip's plan videos break down more advanced techniques and shows you step by step how to produce "fancy" leatherwork. If you're interested in tooling, they are not for you. If you're happy with just putting 2 pieces of leather together and are impressed by this one Dunhill briefcase video on Youtube, they are also not for you. If you're interested in foundational skills and knowledge, structure, no nonsense and you want to actually produce higher end English leatherwork, BUY THEIR CONTENT.
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    Thread for hand stitching

    Ritza Tiger .6 mm to 1.2 mm and Fil Au Chinois 832 (.44 mm) to 332 (.77 mm). Strength, durability and ease of use? Tiger. Fine thread and aesthetic? Au Chinois. If you’re using chiesels, I recommend Tiger though. It’s a flat braided thread and it fills the holes much better than twined linen threads. However, if you want a more refined look, avoid using chisels and use 7 spi prickkng irons or finer + equivalent to Au chinois 532 or finer. Rocky Mointain Leather Supply has a good inventory on both brands.
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    Sticking with chisels instead of pricking irons...

    Nigel’s reviews are really helpful, and after taking one of his classes and had the opportunity to use some different tools, my opinion changed a bit. In terms of consistency and slanting, there’s not much difference between iron and chisel. However, chisels create bigger holes, and this causes some mostly aesthetic issues: 1. Finer threads: when you’re using finer threads, for example Au Chinois 832 to 532, the threads will not fill the holes created by a diamond chisel, and with linen threads, the movement of threads might increase wear and tear. The bottomline is it’s very ugly. I was mostly using 0.8mm threads and bigger before I started using irons so it wasn’t this downside of using diamond chisels wasn’t obvious to me back then. If you’re using larger threads, chisels work better because, well, they produce larger holes. I tried 332 on KS 7 SPI and it was a miserable experience. 2. Front and Back difference: diamond shape chisels create pretty brutal exits (blasts?). In cases where the backside isn’t visible, this is not a concern, but when both sides are visible, irons or even an awl (granted you have good skills) do a much better job because irons are thinner and the shapes are either just slits (minimal entry/exit) or more rounded. 3. Inverse available: there are situations where you have to pre-punch or mark both surface sides the leather/leathers, and it’s rare (I’ve never seen one) that diamond chisels have inverse sets, but irons do, and that guarantees both sides of the stitches look perfect. To be honest, you can still stitch without inverse, but it doesn’t look good. So again, this is a matter of aesthetics. 4. Pull out: chisels are bulkier, and it’s harder to pull out when it penetrates the leather deeply. Difficulty of pulling out sometimes introduces distortion to the holes, and that leads to inconsistency in the stitches. I’ve used only 4 types of irons: Crimson, Doldoki, Amy Roke, KS. Doldoki does a good job, but it’s rather expensive, and at the price point, I might just go with Blanchard (never used one though). Crimson is fine and cheaper but the entries are a little more rounded due to the shape of the teeth, nothing wrong about it but I prefer minimal impact on the surface of the leather. Amy Roke creates smaller entries but I’m not entirely sold on it. KS does a great job, it’s sharp (punches through with ease), the entries are very small (the exits are small too, sometimes I can’t find it), the teeth can be replaced at a reasonable cost. You can order KS directly online or through shops like RML or Fine Leatherworking. The upside of ordering directly is you can choose the number of teeth you want and I think lead time is 4-6 weeks? The downside is the iron is damaged during shipping, KS is not responsible for it. So, if you’re not in a hurry, I’d suggesting giving RML and FLW some business. They’re both very awesome.
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    Best Pricking Irons

    2 years late. I recommend KS: small slits, good penetration, both entry and exit look clean, consistent and precise. Also, easy to order inverse.
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    When the hole on the back plate is bigger than the rivet

    Thanks for the bad news... I might have to cut out a hasp from some brass sheets and drill holes myself