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About Woodshed

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  • Birthday 06/09/1952

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    Hartselle, Alabama
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    Outdoor cooking, restoring old edge tools, camping, metal working, hand-tool carpentry, leather crafting and making music get most of my spare time.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Trying new things
  • Interested in learning about
    Currently, braiding, but really learning all I can about leathercraft
  • How did you find leatherworker.net?
    searching for beader blade on net

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  1. Another thought popped in, hope its a helpful one. Really, cutting leather accurately isn't necessarily a simple thing. It can be very challenging. One slip can be an expensive mistake. So lately I've been making templates using picture frame mat board from Hobby Lobby and heavy paper. Somewhere on this site a video link showed a seriously skilled maker making templates for a wallet this way (I think from Iceland?). I figured it could only help me to borrow from his techniques. So now, after carefully drawing whatever parts will be needed on paper, I use knives to cut away the excess paper, then glue the shapes to contrasting color mat board, and finally use knives (again) to cut out working templates along the edges of the glued-on paper objects. Before any leather is cut, there have been two practice runs and a lot learned about what knives and what directions of cut work for any given feature. It's a lot less expensive to practice on paper and if the template comes out right, it's re-usable for any do-overs. I have so far added several knives as a result, and will likely add a few more over time. All the best, hope this is helpful.
  2. Inspiring. You've set the bar high!
  3. Something that has help me is much better lighting (I'm using a total of 240 watts close to and directed at the cutting board), and also working very deliberately to focus my vision in front of the blade at where I want the blade to go as I cut. I found that I had a tendency to want to look at where the blade had been to see if the cut was staying on track, which wasn't helping at all.
  4. Understandably. I've only got 2 older ones, an 8" and a 10"; and my favorite is the 8". But that's not what she said The 10" is a Fulton, one of Sears and Roebuck's tool brands prior to the Craftsman brand. It just feels a little over the top as I'm generally working on tool handle sized wood. The 8" is more nimble; the 10" is back up. It's about to get a new sheath too.
  5. My favorite draw knife just got a new sheath. An eight inch blade from New Haven Edge Tool Company, which appears to place its manufacture between 1855 to maybe 1900 ish.
  6. I've been thinking about that too, along with a border blade. Made a new buckle strap and moved the buckle up for middle hole engagement. It was easy rework. Now it looks right to me!
  7. Today's design/build project. The original cold war era leather straps started out as thin junk and had fallen to dry rot before a friend gave me this concertina. At 2" wide across the back of the hand, these feel great and put the player in full control of his fingers.
  8. My situation exactly. 3 cheapos and an open slot!
  9. Thanks TonyV. The one thing that bothers me is I'd like to see the buckle tongue passing thru the middle hole. Maybe a little OCD? Sooner or later I'll probably cut the buckle off and make its strap longer to position it there. I run my swivel knives about as tall as they will go, that's the cause. The pattern length is probably right for most folks.
  10. I was perusing Tandy's Leathercraft Library the other day and found George Hurst's design and article on making a swivel knife holder. It appealed to me because mine did not have a home other than a corner of my workbench. A fun project!
  11. While not being an expert or an experienced leather crafter, this past year has been one of learning by hands-on doing. I may be able to help in the few areas that have caused me the most difficulty. I've scratched the surface a little in the following areas of the leather work processes: pattern making, accurately cutting parts from leather, decoration, stitching, edging and very basic finishing. Only small stuff that I can hand stitch without a clamp so far (got one on the way). And pretty much only thicker leather. I still need to learn how to handle thin leather during processing in a way that maintains its dimensional accuracy. Gonna be going there soon.
  12. My Dad was given these Finnish hunting knives by his Dad probably around 1940. Both sheaths are constructed quite different anything I've seen recently.
  13. Good morning 327fed! That's some pretty land up there in south central Tennessee. The land gets more photogenic as soon as you cross the state line. I once had about 22 acres in the Taft area. My plans for the property never materialized so it got sold, but it was really nice and I often regret selling.
  14. And BIGSIZZLE! I just read your post which I somehow missed until now. Madison is just as close as Huntsville and I go there regularly, although with all the road work and traffic on I565 not as often as before. But this place is growing like crazy and I565 needs more lanes. I'm glad its getting them. nomatic, I never expected to carve any axe handle in this life, much less a canked one. I have no explanation other than about 2 years ago a guy gave me an antique spoke shave that I used to make an axe using an old axe head. I enjoyed it. That's lead to getting more hatchet and axe heads to refurb. By the time the broad axe head showed up, it was one of those challenges that look fun. So I built a shave horse and went at it!
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