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    Bremond, Texas
  • Interests
    Fishing, leather carving, flint knapping, snakes

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    Straps, wallets, belts
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    Everything leathercraft
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  1. Latest purse strap I'm working on for a customer
  2. That's a great looking maul! Very nice!
  3. Actually I have! I hunt with a one piece bear recurve during archery season, I've taken 2 deer with knapped broadheads, they are effective but the shot has to be well placed, they don't cut as well as a steel broadhead but they will cause some damage
  4. Made a leg strap for my indirect percussion tool for knapping, somehow leatherwork finds its way into all my hobbies
  5. I use a bk 16 oz maul for almost all of my carving, then I keep a 24 oz around for all my basketweave stamps. Unless I'm carving on 12 oz or thicker leather I use the 16 oz exclusively and it seems to be the perfect weight, plus it doesn't really cause any fatigue after using it all day, and you'll definitely want it tapered, IMHO
  6. We as small time leather workers do have 2 big advantages over the mass producers and thats the ability to pivot on design and products much faster and being able to offer customization and personalization. You can't go to someone who mass produces this stuff and get a bespoke holster, belt etc. And thats where we fit in, the personalized aspect of it, people will pay more for something unique
  7. Normally I do carve the initials in but he's always asked for traditional stamped letters on everything I've made him Appreciate everyone! He's home for Christmas then he's headed to Europe for 9 months
  8. My 20 year old son who's stationed in Colorado gets a new belt for Christmas
  9. Thanks for the replies, I searched high and low as well and it looks like I'll be making them myself
  10. Looking for precut leather borders for stone inlays, does anyone know what they're called or where i can find them? Thanks in advance!
  11. Made the wife a new belt for Christmas with a matching buckle
  12. I do them by hand, punch your stitch holes around the patch and then contact cement onto the hat, careful that none shows outside the patch, then use a sharp to stitch it on! Takes about 10 minutes to do a saddle stitch, but I dont use two needles, I just backstitch all the way back to the start, hope this helps
  13. I have a set of the Japanese style and I love them, they were sharp right out of the box and they make your stitches look great! One note I would offer is definitely use the smallest needle you can with the thread you're using as the holes will be much smaller than tandys other chisels
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