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    west of Saint Louis
  • Interests
    horses, fixing the stuff they break

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    making and repairing tack
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    construction methods, using and sharpening tools

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  1. Klenda's article on bulldog tapaderos is in the March/April 2023 issue of Leather Crafters and Saddlers Journal. Jason Timmermans has an article on "Custom Hardened Leather Arch Supports" in the July/August 2022 issue. He explains the use of stearic acid (long chain fatty acid) to harden leather. Think this traditional approach is a better than simply drying out the leather. Can purchase these back issues from the Journal's online store.
  2. Fiebings Saddle Oil is another product that I use for work boots. Sold at farm stores. Has silicon oils like Fiebings Golden Mink Oil. I think that is a waterproofing ingredient. Saddle Oil will darken the leather somewhat. I suspect it will soak in even with the Atom Wax applied, but if not the Atom Wax will wear off with a bit of use.
  3. TomE

    Simple Guitar Strap

    Thank you, @YinTx, @paloma, and @chuck123wapati. I appreciate the encouragement. Sticking with what I know.
  4. TomE

    Simple Guitar Strap

    Thanks, @RockyAussie. That's very kind.
  5. TomE

    Simple Guitar Strap

    Thanks, @Hags and @Mablung. My friend is excited to try it out and give me feedback. Going to make an adjustable guitar strap for another friend once I finish sharpening my large bag punch.
  6. Made a fixed length guitar strap for my friend and farrier. A thank you for shoeing a couple of our horses even though he's trying to retire. The strap is British brown HO bridle leather lined with 5 oz. black napa leather. Padded the middle section. Wasn't sure how to finish the ends of the padding on a 3" wide strap, so I skived the cover and extended the decorative stitching to secure the ends of the pad. Thought about adding 2 additional lines of stitching along the pad but decided this looks cleaner. You might see grooves and wrinkles in parts of the strap. He wanted me to use leather near the belly of the hide because he likes the imperfections. I hope he likes the imperfections in my work as well.
  7. Thanks for this practical idea. I really enjoy learning here.
  8. These machines have been discussed here quite often. Try a key word search of this forum for each model using quotes, e.g. "Pfaff 1245".
  9. Yes, the Class 14 is pricey and built like a tank. I found a (barely) used one on this forum. Good luck!
  10. Those are fantastic! Love the colors. They must have been thrilled with the gift.
  11. A manual splitter like the Osborne #84 is very handy for splitting straps, and for lap skives on the ends of straps. However, I wouldn't count on splitting pieces wider than ~2". Depending on thickness, the leather will stretch when pulled through the splitter. It takes practice to get an even split over the length of a strap - harder with wider straps. Variations in the firmness of the leather will affect the split. The Cobra Class 14 splitter will more easily produce consistent splits on wide/long pieces of leather but it can't do lap skives. So if I had one splitter it would be the Osborne #84 or the similar Tandy Pro splitter I use. @bruce johnson sells new Osborne #84s with a sharp blade. Requires skill to sharpen a blade this long. The Class 14 blade is hollow ground and LMC has a sharpening service. The Class 14 is a luxury for me but probably a better choice if you need to split wide pieces of leather.
  12. Thanks for this info, Bruce. As always, you are contributing to my leather education.
  13. Curious why the customer is interested in horse hide for this purpose. So many more choices in cow hide.
  14. Could make the crystal studded strip as an inlay in a thicker strap. See this arrangement with fancy browbands/fronts on English bridles for dressage. The raised edges offer some protection for the crystals. Here's a dog collar with the same idea. https://youtu.be/ThF98j8fqzc?si=3NukH7_Z3PU0SFOW
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