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    Richland, WA
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    Books, Bookbinding, Book covers, Guitars

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  1. Over the many years on this Leatherworker.net website, I've only ignored seven people and only two happened in the last year. That is seven people out of 88,844 total members. I see this Leatherworker.net a valuable leathercrafter resource.
  2. You might find some ideas with this google search string: How do you make a book slip case covered with leather? ...or... more specifically, this search string: How to cover boxes with leather? I've made several slip cases covered in leather. I used bookbinding card board and leather with archival white glue. The trick was cutting, skiving and mitering the joints. Check with Talas for materials: https://www.talasonline.com/archival-storage/boxes Hope this helps.
  3. Well, the only way I've had luck with cutting soft leather straps is by using a long cutting table and a piece of hardboard, ripped to the width of the strap and using a rotary cutter. The hardboard has a smooth side and a rough side. Lay the rough side down to immobilize the leather and cut along the ripped hardboard . If you don't have a long table, go to a big box store (Lowes, Home Depot, etc.) and buy a 4 foot by 8 foot 3/16 inch sheet of hardboard. Have them rip the widths of the strap sizes you will be using and leave 6 inch piece to lay on the floor to be your cutting table. Hardboard: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hardboard-Tempered-Panel-Common-3-16-in-x-4-ft-x-8-ft-Actual-0-175-in-x-48-in-x-96-in-832780/202404545
  4. Google says: https://www.google.com/search?q=latigo+leather+information+history+use+and+process&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS715US715&sxsrf=APq-WBvqoGulcZNozzzJNZ7xyS5KMRkO_w%3A1647025846007&ei=tp4rYqcOxLLQ8Q_-qIWgDQ&ved=0ahUKEwinwfKz4b72AhVEGTQIHX5UAdQQ4dUDCA4&oq=latigo+leather+information+history+use+and+process&gs_lcp=Cgdnd3Mtd2l6EAwyBAgAEEcyBAgAEEcyBAgAEEcyBAgAEEcyBAgAEEcyBAgAEEcyBAgAEEcyBAgAEEc6BwgAEEcQsANKBAhBGABKBAhGGABQ5AZY5AZgvz1oAXACeACAAQCIAQCSAQCYAQCgAQHIAQjAAQE&sclient=gws-wiz Wikipedia says: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latigo_leather
  5. stelmackr

    Beaded line

    Something like this? https://www.barrykingtools.com/images/borderhourglasssmooth_lg.jpg
  6. Johanna, could you please remove me from access to the Adult Humor and Off Topic forum.  Thanks in advance.


  7. This what I used before I purchased the Weaver 4 Ton press.: https://www.talasonline.com/Nipping-Press?quantity=1&size=12 BTW I bought that Mighty Wonder 4 ton for $999 at the Sheridan Leather Show about 5-years ago. And to be honest, the book press, as I calculated with screw pitch and handle length and my hand force, performed almost as well as the 4-ton press, but I need something that was quicker to use and the Weaver press just fits the bill. Also, the Weaver press has a "over-cam" action that you can set and leave for a long time to get a good embossed image for large images. By "over-cam", I mean, to continue to pull down the handle there is a spot where to pressure begins to lesson. Leave it at the top of the cam and the handle stays put with maximum pressure indefinitely. (I purchased my book press in UK for about ($160USD) at a swap meet --SCORE!)
  8. Google says: https://www.google.com/search?q=embossing+wheels+for+leather&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS715US715&oq=wembossing+wheels+for+&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0i13l2.11893j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
  9. Grey Ghost Graphics https://greyghostgraphics.com/ I then take the stamp and have it milled down to height to 0.918 inches, which is in the printing industry known as "Type High". That allows me to use various metal letterpress letters and designs, in a chase, to emboss leather. I have a little article dealing with embossing leather with letterpress type at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qgV6aH_FkHa5lBX_kNceroW2elQju_XW/view?usp=sharing Here is a sample of what I make:
  10. I've had some luck by using a section of a large diameter PVC pipe to press the circumference, as that last embossing:
  11. I was in the Navy, but not with VA 34. I can't make suspenders like yours because I was in a training organization: FASOTRAGRUPAC and that wouldn't fit ;-) (FASOTRAGRUPAC = Fleet Aviation Support Group Pacific)
  12. While I was the editor for PSLAC (Puget Sound Leather Artisans Co-Op) I used to write some stuff about aspects of simple leather home ideas for part-time hobby/sales stuff. One article shows the use of concrete tubes for storage and also purchasing 12" x 12" x 48" shipping boxes and stacking tubes or boxes. Looking back at the articles, see how shallow and crude they were. Wish I had the time to redo/rewrite them. Anyway, here is the article: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dWOphSBFpccqICs7f4AFUJkaQ8fC4fck/view Edit: BTW Brettuns Village Leather no longer offers a discount if you are a PSLAC member. Never-the-less Brettuns Village Leather ( https://www.brettunsvillage.com/leather/ )does have some amazing prices and free shipping. They also have a Wednesday DOTW (Deal Of The Week)
  13. https://leatherworker.net/forum/forum/71-items-for-sale/
  14. A good friend sent me the carving pattern. Time to start the project for another friend.
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