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  1. 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
  2. Beautiful work! What geometric was used on the border? Thanks, Scootch
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. This isn't really a tool list but a list of essentials for me. Good lighting and a solid work table. Some sort of thin cutting mat between your work and the table surface so you don't damage your tools. Clear packaging tape to line your paper patters with so they paper pattern doesn't get wet. Ball point pens to use for a stylus (transferring your pattern to the leather). Find patterns that someone has tooled so you can see what the finished product is suppose to look like. Tankote and Fiebings antique paste. Make sure your tools are checkered and not smooth. This helps the antiquing process. Scootch
  6. You should be able to get good detail with 5/6. I've never tried molding a holster without a vacume bag. I use the set up that Adams leather works advocates. A harbor freight vacuum pump and a vacuum bag from a wood working shop (don't remember the name. I've also only made one 50/50 pancake holster. I like to make the flat back pancakes. I cannot tell for sure which yours is. You're not going to hurt the leather if you get it too wet. I usually submerge the holster in regular temp tap water for 20 seconds. Pull it out and let it soak up what it's going to soak up them dry the rest off with a towel and throw it in a gallon ziplock over night or for a couple of hours before I form the pistol. I also dye before I soak, soaking and wet forming seem to even out the dye job. There's a bunch of errors on this one... but it's a lined holster of 3/4 oz, so thats two layers and the reinforcement adds a third layer. Lined holsters are harder to detail. Scootch
  7. What weight leather are you using?Thinner leather will give you finer detail. Scootch
  8. I carry a pancake trapper sheeth, that I dyed black, for about the last year. It still transfers black to any belt I put it on after about 4 wearings. I've started playing with air brushing some. You can get good deep dyeing with much less dye by spraying. Maybe less dye would help if you try it again. Scootch
  9. As long as the barrel rotates freely and you have a good quality blade that will keep an edge, I'm not sure you'll see much difference. You might try a knife with a different size barrel, saddle or one with more adjustment. I have 2 Bks and a Clay Miller. I keep different type blade in each one. Scootch
  10. I think the best way to have a good edge is to have nice clean cuts with minimal trimming. I don't have good luck sanding before glueing due to the flesh side getting soft and leaving a pithy look to the seam after finishing. Use a good leather, not one that gives a lot of fuzzy edges when sanding. For example, choose welt material from the butt instead of the neck or belly area. With good leather and good cutting a nice edge can be achieved by burnishing with only water. If you're dyeing your edges make sure whatever edge enhancing stuff your using will accept dye. Sometimes after I glue and trim I'll wet the edge and let it get dry and hard before sanding. For thick edges use a sharp beveler in the size 3 or 4 range. That will give a good round edge and cut down on the amount of sanding needed. If choosing to use any advice make sure to practice on scrap first!
  11. This is what I do as well. I usually make my first and last hole with a round awl. I also believe a stitch groover weakens the leather a bit but a knife sheath isn't going to see hard enough use to know the difference and I find it easier to keep the pricking irons in line with a groove than with a crease. Also when I pull my stitches tight I pull them at the angle I want them to go. It seems to help. Scootch
  12. Andrew custom leather uses garment leather for his shoulder harnesses and veg for the holsters. His shoulder harness is suppose to be a good one. His design doesn't require belt loops either. You can look it up on hank strange videos. He has a how its made video of the monarch shoulder holster.
  13. Looks to me like you were using a two prong pricking iron and got two strikes a little off. Are you creasing you're stitch line or grooving? I find it easier to keep things straight with a groove. Scootch
  14. The only single ply belts I've made have been with 13oz hermon oak skirting. I've really been wanting to buy one of these double butts... https://buyleatheronline.com/en/home/73-veg-tanned-double-butts.html#/8-color-beige_natural/38-average_size_of_the_whole_piece-18_m_20_sq_ft_22_yd/56-thickness-4_mm/74-grade_quality-best_1_grade/161-size-whole_piece Scootch
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