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    Melbourne Australia
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    Woodworking / Photography

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    Tools probably

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  1. I never heard of that word "paraprosdokian" before... but I am Greek so it's easy to deconstruct it, it's a compound word which literally means "contrary to what you'd expect" which makes sense I guess.
  2. Τhat's what I made my personal wallet from, I love the stuff. And you can get it embossed with pretty much anything you want (at least in Australia you can)
  3. Thanks guys. It took me about an hour to figure out dimensions and a design I was happy with and choose the hardware etc, maybe an hour for cutting/bevelling/punching, a few minutes for a quick coat of black tokonole on the edges and burnishing, and about 3 hours for stitching. Stitching shouldn't take that long but some stitches were hard to approach from the angle I wanted so I had to get a bit creative with the clamping. Now that I have a pattern and I don't have to think I could probably make another in a couple of hours.
  4. Pretty happy how this turned out, especially in terms of functionality, it's light, not bigger than it needs to be and very quick and easy to use. The leather is 1.8mm veg tan, dyed from the tannery, the strap is English bridle and the hardware is solid brass. The interior is coated with black tokonole.
  5. Yep, looks about right for USPS I ordered some tips for my electric creaser recently and it took 3 months from Knoxville TN to Melbourne Australia. The map looked something like yours.
  6. Spyros

    TandyPro Tools

    Yeah so not ordering from K Lee again. I paid on 7 November and today the tracking number still says "13 Nov 2020 15:16: Handed over to Forwarding Agent for Transit" Nothing against the guy but waiting a month or more is not something I'm willing to do. USPS & China Post is a no for me.
  7. The most used thing in my leatherworking / woodworking shop is bbq skewers (up the top in the photo). I always make sure to have dozens. You know sometimes when you drill a hole in wood, and the hole is a couple of mm from when you wanted it to be? and when you try to drill in the correct spot, your drill bit keeps falling in the existing hole? The only solution is to stick a BBQ skewer in the hole, break it, and there you go, the hole is filled and you can drill wherever you want. Other than that I use them to mix and stir things like paint or 2 part epoxy or my favourite carnauba cream and dye mix, to apply or clean glue, to poke and mark things like an awl, to reach in tight places where my fingers can't go, and I also use them as spacers, shims, tweezers, toothpicks, pointers, measuring sticks, rulers, chopsticks and backscratchers :D They're basically an extension of my fingers at this point, the only thing I've never used them as is actual BBQ skewers
  8. They do look flimsy (and even feel flimsy when you receive them) but they usually hold surprisingly well when they're set properly. For max toughness & longevity look at SS hardware from shops that sell sailing/boating equipment. If it can hold a sail in a storm it will hold your axe.
  9. I just put a little dumbbell on the two pieces of leather to keep them in place and then prick both layers at once. Once stitched I cut again closer to the stitchline to get a perfect edge. I avoid using glue when I can, I only use it when the above method is not doable for whatever reason.
  10. yeah, pretty much what I meant with "good luck with that" It's the same as VAT/GST/Sales tax, as a Govt you're basically making everybody collect your taxes on your behalf and pay them to you (with great diligence and accuracy mind you, or else). You can only do that sort of thing to people if they don't have any other option, but here the option is simple: sell to everyone else but UK. Some guys will take it, depending how hard they make it.
  11. So the UK is basically asking everybody to be their tax collector. No biggie, they only need to hire one more dedicated employee each, for no benefit to them whatsoever, good luck with that.
  12. To be fair to the shops the majority of customers are dumb, they prefer to get sucked in by the low price and get shafted in shipping. Not any one customer specifically, but the collective customer behaviour overall is juvenile. Even the .99 pricing everywhere is a clear indication of how dumb we really behave, it basically says "this shop believes you're so dumb that you can't read decimals" But if you put shipping down or make it free, and you build it into the price in a way that it's the same total income for the shop (which makes a lot more sense for the customer because it's the only way to KNOW what he's actually going to pay at a glance without having to complete the whole order), customers are actually put off by it and they go looking elsewhere. Not your fault Tony, when it comes to pricing you have an obligation to assume people are stupid.
  13. Best part is when stitching deep inside and you're pretty much doing it blindly by feel. After that it feels like you can probably stitch behind your back LOL
  14. Spyros

    TandyPro Tools

    I just realised Weaver has a partnership with Jimmy Diresta as well, he just uploaded a tooled bag. That's another smart move by Weaver, other than the obvious that the guy has a couple million subscribers, those subscribers are exactly the type of people who are very likely to pick up a few tools and give a new (to them) craft a go. They are mostly woodworkers, metal workers and general fabricators, and like I've said before the cost of a leatherworking kit is basically nothing for this crowd, they are all tool addicts.
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