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    archery, bowhunting, blacksmithing, boats, fishing, flintknapping, leatherwork, gardening, music, motorbikes, wild women OW! wife, kids, grandkids, the farm.

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    looking for a blade for my Dixon plough guage

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  1. I'd be interested to know why your wallets didn't sell. The art and workmanship are obviously top notch. Any guesses? JayInOz
  2. If I can ever make stuff to that standard I'll die with a smile on my dial Beautiful work YinTx. JayInOz
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    Celtic knot handgrips

    Wow! Really cool. Did you lace them straight over the factory grips? Any glue or anything to stop them slipping off in the middle of a bit of wild cornering? Although on a Road King there probably isn't too much of that. Now on my Iron 883 on the other hand.... JayInOz Edited to add- my Iron was mostly black straight from the dealer, but I darkened more of it since- black derby cover and fuel cap, smoked indicator lenses etc. But I also black leather wrapped the upper fork tubes which were chromed. Just plain leather- but you've got me thinking now:) JayInOz
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    New from SC

    Nice work! And nice gun. I really like that little butt. Sorry I meant grip- really like that little grip:) JayInOz
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    Finally done! Carved dog collar

    There's a young couple here who make body armor for pig dogs. Collars several inches wide and heavy duty chest protectors. All synthetic. I'd love to see what you could do with that in heavy leather:) Some of the dogs are heavier than me. Battle scarred, beat up, mean looking monsters. With the right gear on they'd look like something out of a horror movie:) JayInOz
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    Arrow quiver

    Looking forward to pictures of the armguard! I had one made in Holland for my wife as part of her birthday present last month. How slack is that when I have full hides looking at me in the corner:) I was going to post a picture of the one I bought but it isn't showing on their website for some reason. Anyway, this is them. https://fairbowshop.nl/ They make a lot of nice stuff. And if it loads in Dutch just click on the little British flag top right. Do you have a first name? Dwdwannabe hurts my finger:) JayInOz
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    Arrow quiver

    Looking good! Excuse me for being a bit slow, but how do you intend to wear it? On a belt, facing back as a field quiver I'm guessing. Forward as a hip quiver would hide too much of your nice tooling. And eleven posts in six years? I hope you have a good reason for that:) I went to school briefly with an American kid named Douglas Jensen from Salt Lake City Utah. His Dad was out here for a year or so building Mormon churches. Haven't seen him in fifty five years and still remember his exact address. How weird is that? JayInOz
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    Rawhide lace

    Thinking about that feller with the clamps. About forty years ago he and his brother in law moved up from the city and bought a farm that adjoined our place. They inherited a couple of head of mean, nasty, wild cattle and decided to shoot one for meat. Set up a block and tackle in a big old yellow box tree which stood at the top of a steep hill overlooking the creek. They put some hay directly under the hook, then went and sat in the truck about fifty yards away and waited with the rifle. Eventually the cattle came in and the wrong one ate the hay, so they had to put more out and wait some more. The one they were after finally put it's head down to take a bite and one of these fellers took the shot. Just like in the movies they shot it between the eyes- so the bullet went about three inches below the brain. The beast staggered backwards about five yards and then cartwheeled down the steep side into the trees in the creek. Took them all day to get it out of there. But the story doesn't end there. These fellers were living about fifty yards apart in temporary digs while they built their houses. In between their camps they built a double ended long drop toilet- door at each end and a partition in the middle- out of second hand timber siding. They decided that the timber wall of the outhouse was the perfect place to peg out the hide of this rangy beast they'd killed, and do "something" with the leather they were going to make. I rode over on my old Harley a few days later to see them about something and stopped in my tracks when I looked towards the outhouse. The hide had dried and shrunk and rolled up, taking a heap of boards with it. The whole lot ended up being burnt in the rubbish pile. Actually those blokes provided us with quite a bit of entertainment over the years. And as you can see- I'm a man of few words:) JayInOz
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    Finally did a belt.

    Nice! Might be your first belt, but it's definitely not the first tooling you've done:) JayInOz
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    Rawhide lace

    I know a feller who has a drum full of clamps that came from a tannery where a mate of his used to work. He has hundreds of them- never used them once and won't sell any. People like that annoy the beejeebus out of me:) JayInOz
  11. Thanks fellers. I've been looking at photos. I'll just take a stab at dimensions and see how I go. One more question though- how far back from the roller is the cutting edge of the blade? Quarter inch? More? Does it matter? JayInOz
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    Rawhide lace

    Brian the best way would be to skin it using a tree, a chain and my truck. I'll talk to him about it next time I see him- he buys quite a few Wessex Saddleback piglets from me. Squirrelly I see a lot of pictures of fellers stretching hides using ropes on a frame. Total pain in the bum. If you want a quick and dirty method that takes about a tenth the time, peg the hide out with hardwood pegs flat on dry ground. When you're happy with how it looks, go around the outside and slip the hide an inch or so up each peg so there's air flow underneath. Works a treat. The hide will usually dry hard around the pegs, but you can just trim off the entire outer edge, pegs and all, and job done. JayInOz
  13. I have an old plough gauge that belonged to my Dad. It's missing the blade, so I bought a stupidly expensive piece of D2 tool steel and will make one. Does anyone in internet land have one and could they give me the dimensions of the blade please? Position of the slot- distance from rear of blade etc.? I don't suppose it really matters what my blade looks like as long as it has a good cutting edge at the business end, but I would like to make it somewhat resemble the original. Any help appreciated. JayInOz
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    Oh, come on now. Seriously, Tiny Again?

    G'day again Mike. We Aussies are gifted swearers I'll admit- comes with years of everything going wrong I think:) I also like the local expressions that I hear when travelling about. I recently heard someone I know describe his father as "deaf as a beetle" and a mate of mine the other day describe himself as "blind as a welders dog" Don't know anything about carving kangaroo hide. I've only ever done rawhide and chrome tan. I do know it will not brain tan which I find really sad- I love brain tan, even though my hands ache just thinking about it. The last hide I brain tanned was a big red deer that I killed with a bow in Queensland. You have to work brain tan until it's completely dry in order for it to be really soft. I did this particular hide on a cold, damp day and it took six hours. My knuckles were bleeding and I literally couldn't undo a button when I finished. One of my sisters was just given a permit to shoot five hundred kangaroos on her place, but she's not allowed to use them for anything, which seems a bit ridiculous Aussie music- here's a local girl like a lot- Apologies YinTx for the thread drift. JayInOz
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    Oh, come on now. Seriously, Tiny Again?

    Mike I have a lighted binocular magnifier that I bought to use when knapping small arrowheads ( I was visiting my doctor one day and he was wearing one without a light. When I told him about the light option he got excited and ordered one for himself) These days however I use an eight inch magnifier- a circular lens surrounded by a circular fluorescent light tube. It's on a long arm like a work light and is really good to work with, as long as you don't clamp it directly to the table you're working on, as it will jiggle a bit. JayInOz