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  1. A friend of mine filled an american gator tag last year and asked me to make a holster. I've finished the holster to the point it either needs a finish coat or not. I don't see that its necessary but I'm ignorant to the topic. Do items made from gator benefit from a top coat or not? If so, what's recomended? Scootch
  2. The first 7 holes were drilled. After that all the holes were marked with pricking irons but just pricked. I continued about halfway down the long side with the awl and stitching pony. From that point I was pretty frustrated and laid the scabbard flat on a vinyl pad and tapped the awl through with my light mallet. I was using a BK awl handle and blade. Regardless how tight the collet was the awl blade would continue slide into the handle. My 8.5 spi irons have long thin blades and i'll usually go though the first layer and welt with them but these Goods Japan irons make a huge hole. I didn't think about using the Boss. Usually on scabbards and holsters I'll hand sew because the distance is short and it its not worth trying to set the tension on the Boss. Thanks, Scootch
  3. Thanks for the input and compliments. Be blessed. Scootch
  4. My dad asked me to make this for his friend. I learned a lot and had fun. Other than a few pocket knife sheaths and a small fixed blade EDC sheath this is it. I had to drill the holes on the top long edge because I couldn't get an awl through it and the stitch line was wiggly until I figured out how to get through the the thick leather leather in a reasonably straight manner. Any comments are welcome, constructive or otherwise. Scootch
  5. Not put off in the least. I'm please with the dialog! Good stuff. Scootch
  6. Thanks for the feed back. I don't think I've nailed the stitching on the tip since I've been using the Boss. I think you need thee hands to operate that stitcher. The arch is a Barry King size 4, the flower center and box are from Wayne Jueschke. It was sheer luck the flower center was the correct size. The pattern didn't develop for me until after a few hours of tinkering with the stamps. They are spendy but he has many stamps that are not duplicated elsewhere. He's was recommended to me by a saddle maker. Bruce Johnson, on this site, also carries his tools and will allow you the option to pay with a debit card as opposed to mailing a money order. I agree that would have been a extra nice touch. I spaced these at 7/8 because its a kids belt and used the second hole instead of the center hole for measurements to give him a few more years of use... Thanks for the comments. This was the first time doing a geo pattern. There isn't much room for error with the box stamp. It seems leather burnishes its best when the surface of the leather has dried to the point it's stiff but it causes my stamp to squirt a little bit, sometimes, upon striking with a maul. I'm not sure what to do about it unless I sacrifice a little burnish and dampen the leather again. I was wondering what tools might be used to clean up the oddities after completing a geo pattern? I tried a modeling tool in a few spots before antiquing but I wasn't satisfied with how it looked.
  7. David, Bible binding is an interest of mine as well though I've yet to tackle one. When I do, I plan on sewing the cover. However many fine bibles are simply skived, folded and glued. If you are new this might be a good option. There's a lot to learn. There's a bible binding book by Diego Caloca Jr. His book teaches glueing without the stitch as well. If I were going to sew I'd use .6 ritza25 thread and a 004 harness needle with 3.0 irons, mainly because that's what have. Just make sure the spacing from the edge to the stitch line is appropriate for the size iron. You could also buy a small awl and spacing wheel and not use an iron.
  8. Do you have a photo of what you want to build? There are old threads on here from Melton and Jason of jb cases is you search. You can buy interiors from JB if you dont want to fool with tubes. Scootch
  9. This is a belt I made for my son. The pattern takes up 32 inches. There are a total of 378 a impressions. The total stamping time time was 90 minutes not including layout and cutting the boarder. Since I'm pretty new at this I'd like to know how long it would take you all to do the same amount of work. To date I've made 4 basket stamp, this one geo and one carved/tooled belt. I've turned folks down because I want to get my skills up and determine appropriate pricing as well as being able to set reasonalbe goals for the amount of time it takes me to completely make a belt. I was thinking about determining how many stamps per inch would be on a belt with my stock of stamps and laying out a "time to stamp" to help determine pricing. Thanks, Scootch
  10. Are you trying to cut belts or short straight lines of a pattern. If the lines are short you should be able to cut them freehand. Practice on scrap leather cutting 6inch lines or so. Take your time. There is no deadline. If the edge bevels are not even your knife will try to veer off the line. If your knife isn't perpendicular it will try to veer. If your knife is not sharp as it can be you'll have to pull or push harder causing you to veer. Take your time and focus.. if the leather is damp or cased it will cut more easily. Also you dont have to cut completely through on the first pass. Make sure your substrate isn't soft where your blade digs in. If your lighting is poor and you're dealing with shadows it will be harder to stay on your mark. Just some thoughts. Scootch
  11. Beautiful work! What geometric was used on the border? Thanks, Scootch
  12. Bruce, The first I heard of Wayne was in your interview with DGS on "Lost Trades" podcast. I didn't realize it at the time but after Terry got back with me on the flower center I saw on his saddle I went back to the pod cast to see if y'all were talking about the same tool maker. It was pretty cool how it turned out that way. I'm currently reading Bob Brenners' "How to Establish Prices for the Saddlemaker or Leatherworker" that you referenced. This book will easily pay for itself with in a few small projects. Thanks for you contribution. Scootch
  13. I just wanted to share a tool maker I found out about three or four weeks ago. While looking at tooling on various saddles online there was a flower center I hadn't seen before. After contacting the saddle maker to find out where to get the stamp he told me it was made by Wayne Jueschke. I ended up getting a couple of flower centers, box geo and triangle geo of the same size and a serpentine from Wayne. I have not seen any tools with such sharp crisp machining and impressions. His tools are made of steel and very well detailed. Most of my tools are from BK, a few from Jeramiah Watt and a few from Robert Beard but Waynes' surpass these makers in sharpness of machining and impressions based on my small sample of inventory. The tools are not cheap but he has many unique tools you won't find elsewhere. This transaction with him is the only time I've interacted with him. Just thought I'd pass it along because I'm satisfied with his product. Scootch
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