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    Hand tooling, Machine stitching
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  1. I really like the design and the texture of the belly that looks like another type of skin.
  2. Viles

    Overpriced Stamps?

    Yes, that's too much. If it's made in the US that's fine but otherwise we are just paying for his shipping and fees to make off shore. As a hobbyist I wouldn't feel bad for picking one up at that price. If you're looking to make money, it is no bueno.
  3. Have you gone through all of ebay? I see a lot there, subscribe and maybe a gem will show up sooner or later. I just got my first issue of the current one in the mail. Man, how confident do you have to be to advertise your holsters or bags in there? Prob. hundreds of experts still get this magazine.
  4. Thank you all for replying so fast. I'm skiving and depressing the area down for right now, just a circle around the snap and when I run out of these basic snaps I'll invest in DOT snaps. I do like the idea of placing the snap in between the leather. I'll try that on the next batch. Although the socket and stud will have to switch sided on the thumb break. I wonder if that will be a problem. This leather work is going to make me practice common sense.
  5. When I would do shows like that I would just bring things I made specifically for them. Everything $20, $15, $10, you know, what they prob had right in their pocket. Maybe a second quality box too. A lot of the time a guy would buy one then come back a few hours later and buy two more for his friends. I would also take the more serious work to sell but mostly as a display so people could custom order them. Just a few pieces. Collect cards and phone numbers and get back with them. To display them you can get 3 black wire grids, arrange them in a triangle, fasten them with black zip ties, then arrange the better leather along them. I'd just toss all the same colored leather in a cardboard shipping box and use a dolly to get it in and out of the area. They are light and you don't have to store them after the show. Place a long cotton table cloth on the plastic folding table that draped to the floor so I could just slide the boxes under it. For the nice pieces I place them in plastic shipping bags and in one separate box.
  6. Thanks you guys! I didn't think of hiding it or compressing. Also, I forgot to add my stiffner. I'm not sure what a bottom stem is, ill look it up.
  7. Yes, http://buffalobrothers.net/ The Buffalo Brothers have been in business for a long time. I use to buy batches of custom conchos from them. Great quality. They make the items themselves, they are the manufacturer.
  8. My line 24 snap cap is too short to go through my thumb break strip. The end lines up with the layer of leather. I don't see they make 24 long, just short. I guess I have to reduce the leather thickness a little in that area? It's two 9oz stitched together. I usually just to western open top so this is a new adventure. I carved a little circle in the snap area to make one fit but it's kinda unsightly.
  9. Looks great. I've been wanting to make one with a long claw like that.
  10. Looks great, I like your border design. That's a lot of leather
  11. It's a weird buckle, latigo, and a suit case ID holder. You can do it!
  12. Heavily used? What condition are they in?
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