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  1. joelpete

    Cow and Bison backpack

    Well, since it was my third... his brother and sister... But this one is definitely the nicest one so far. Thank you for the complement!
  2. joelpete

    Cow and Bison backpack

    This was my first attempt at a bag/backpack without a pattern. I roughly modeled it after a GoRuck GR1... but had to pattern, so I made my own. This is the third backpack I've made for my kiddos. The smooth leather is all veg-tan and mostly 8-9 oz, the rest is Bison. The entire bag is hand-stitched (some running stitch, done saddle stitch depending on application).
  3. Does anybody have experience with the Toyota Super Jeans machines? I have a Tippmann Boss for the heavy stuff, but want to know if the Toyota can handle day-to-day work with multiple layers of 3-5 ounce?
  4. joelpete

    First Dopp bag

    Thank you. And again, good job on the bag!
  5. joelpete

    First Dopp bag

    That looks great! My girlfriend's sister is getting married this summer and I'm planning to make a black dopp bag for him, and a white makeup bag for her, both lined with material from a bridesmaid dress, but I've never done a lining before. Do you have any reference you could suggest for lining (book, video, forum post, etc.)? Was this dopp bag your own design, or a purchased pattern?
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    Hey, I LIKE that! My kiddos have been asking me to make them an ammo pouch for their slingshot. This could be just the ticket!
  7. joelpete

    Does anyone use WUTA tools?

    I appreciate that feedback. That long lead time though... That, I can do. Thanks for the input.
  8. joelpete

    Does anyone use WUTA tools?

    I'm looking at a few Pricking Irons (2.7mm) and wondering if people are satisfied with the quality of WUTA tools. Does anyone have constructive input?
  9. joelpete

    Craftool Pro Splitter

    I'm glad to hear it was successful. And I understand what you mean about getting it "almost right." I've run into exactly that same problem with some copper plumbing projects. Ah, I hadn't thought about that! Did you find the resulting stock to have consistent thickness?
  10. joelpete

    Craftool Pro Splitter

    Who has extensive experience with the Craftool Pro Splitter? I want to try my hand at a couple rolled edge wallets but I do not want bulk. I have some Old World Bellies that are about 1.1-1.2mm thick and I'd like to take them down to a fairly consistent 0.8mm (which is still thicker than some of the leather in my Bosca wallets). My Splitter is inbound so I haven't had a chance to play with it yet. So my real questions are, how thin have you been able to go? And, how little have you been able to successfully peel from your stock? Half of a millimeter? Obviously the blade edge matters and milage may vary, I just want to know if anyone has been successful in this area. Thanks, Joel
  11. joelpete

    Tricycle Restoration? (my second project)

    All the purchased items (hand grips, seat (before I tore it apart and rebuilt it), headset, etc.) I bought off of Amazon. The parts I needed were too specific to try to find them all "locally." I have no idea what I'm going to do with it. I could never get out of it the money I put into it, not to mention any of the craftwork. I'll probably just hang onto it until my kids loose all interest, then give it to someone that I think MIGHT take care of it for awhile. My kids will probably dig it for another year or so...
  12. joelpete

    Backpack/Rucksack patterns

    I'm with you on reverse engineering, I've done that with a three piece bicycle seat that I made out of leather for a tricycle refurb. I just don't want to buy a $45 "pattern." Whatever I end up with, I'll certainly take my artistic liberties with it. BTW, for many patterns I've found manila file folders to be perfect stencil material.
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    Tricycle Restoration? (my second project)

    Thank you all for the kind words! I'm a semi-avid biker (Mountain bike, Road bike, part-time triathlete), so this was a fun project where I was able to incorporate several hobby skills (welding, mechanical, leatherwork, bike maintenance, etc.). I just wish I could afford to do more of these... I probably paid for five new trikes restoring this one.
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    Tricycle Restoration? (my second project)

    The trunk is a pattern I bought off of Tandy's Leathercraft Library. The seat I purchased off of Amazon, disassembled and reverse engineered. The fender and get-back whip were my creations. The hand grips are straight outta China (Amazon.)