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About Chakotay

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  • Birthday 04/26/1973

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    Hurst, Texas
  • Interests
    graphic design, Leatherworking, 3D design and printing

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Cowboy Action Gun Leather

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  1. My process is: 1. Cut out leather pattern. 2. Carve and tool. 3. Dye. 4. Apply neatsfoot oil/conditioner. 5. Glue liner (if using anything thicker than say, 1oz leather for the liner material, glue "in the round". Otherwise the liner will wrinkle and generally look bad when folded.)
  2. Lining adds thickness (and stiffness). Things you may not want on certain items. In particular, I'm always trying to get my wallet as thin as I can.
  3. Very nice. An alternative (and cheaper) route is to print your own stamps with a 3D printer.
  4. Selling my Tippmann Boss heavy duty leather stitcher/sewing machine. It comes with the optional material guide, standard pressor foot, center pressor foot, LED light, and a custom-made flatbed attachment for working thin materials. Works fine. I'm selling it to help fund the purchase of an electric machine. Local pickup only in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Needing $1,000 for it. This machine has been featured prominently on my leatherworking YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQUJVflNHF5wd5GgyBX167A
  5. Video on just this subject: https://youtu.be/0e45BfmwJqE
  6. Check at the 4:10 mark. This what you're referring to?
  7. they're all over e-bay. That's where I buy them in bulk. Here's just one listing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/50pcs-Solid-Brass-Round-Head-Stud-Screwback-Leather-Bag-Chicago-Screw-Nail-Rivet/153353252327?hash=item23b490ede7:g:lREAAOSwlkpcTD2M
  8. Here's a video I made making and aging a cartridge belt. It's the same techniques I use for holsters.
  9. 9 - 10oz. I suggest Wicket & Craig tooling sides. Tools beautifully. Tandy stuff is garbage. Took me years to figure that out.
  10. I'm scheduled to get an online order today. It'll be sad to see their retail stores go away. Hopefully they at least maintain an online presence. But it does make me wonder how they screwed this up: You're practically the only 'player' in the leather game (yes, I know there's other sources . . . you know what I mean). Was it just mismanagement? Poor quality? Bad customer service? Just a dying craft not enough people are interested in?
  11. As already mentioned, you have to glue it around something. I use a large dowel rod. Check out around minute 7 of my most recent holster build (video link below.) You can never really lay it out flat afterwards or you'll run into the same problem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKFv-VbEgJ4
  12. Coincidentally, I just posted a video on how I age leather...
  13. I have a fairly large (1.5") custom makers mark that I very proudly put on every piece . . . when I first got it. Now it usually gets left off because I just forget . . . or maybe I'm just lazy.---j
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