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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. Really pretty! The bag with the Celtic/Horse design would sell quickly at horse shows. My wife wants one.
  2. @PastorBob, that's a really thoughtful overview. I haven't sold any leatherwork so my advice is based on selling a different product, baby horses. I would set up a free Google Business page and use it as a feeder to a website or commercial sales site that displays your merchandise. The info on a Google business page will show up in search results and provides a summary of your business and your contact info. Word of mouth is definitely an important means of marketing but the word spreads faster and people remember your business if it appears in other places. I would say in 15 years that we've never sold anything directly off Facebook (actually, selling live animals is against FB policy) but it is a big audience that I think has helped us build our brand so we continue to post there. Most of our clients found us through our ads on a commercial horse sales site or our website.
  3. TomE

    Just an Old Lutz Scene

    That's a pretty scene worth repeating. Reminds me of a lunch at a crowded lakeside cafe where we saw several ducklings disappear. The bass were having lunch too.
  4. You reminded me that the only expensive awl I own is a piece of junk sitting in a drawer. It came from a reputable vendor and has their logo on the brass ferrule. It is a small awl with a lovely haft that the awl wiggles around in and feels like it's going to break off. I can't get it sharp and think the awl is crap. Some day I'll get motivated to swap it for an Osborne harness awl.
  5. TomE

    A new knife

    That's a handy looking (and handsome) knife! Red Green would approve. I can see how it would easily become a favorite.
  6. A braided leather project, like a lanyard, would be easy to complete with few tools. This can be simple or rather fancy with multiple colors of lace, more strands, etc. You could also make a simple leather pendant for the lanyard decorated by carving or branding/burning a design in the leather. This name tag was my Dad's from a dude ranch vacation in the 1960s. The symbols correspond to activities that he participated in at the ranch. I think the "$" was the important one. I recall they used a soldering iron to make the designs, but a branding iron or other heated tool could be used to decorate leather. The leather pendants could be a precut shape purchased from a vendor.
  7. Just got this Abbey round knife today and already showing it off. It is very sharp so I only stropped it. Fits my hand and I think will be handy for cutting tapers/waists on straps and other small curves, as well as skiving small parts that are hard to hold onto. I don't yet know how well the blade holds an edge but so far so good.
  8. I'm gonna take a WAG that it's the tannins or saponins in Salicornia that are useful for a leather dye, as a vehicle to improve solubility and penetration of pigments. Short answer: I dunno. "Salicornia plants have been screened for phytochemical profile and presence of a range of carbohydrates, proteins, oils, phenolic compounds, flavonoids, sterols, saponins, alkaloids, and tannins have been reported. Water and alcohol extraction followed by component profiling has indexed many potentially bioactive compounds. Studies have reported the presence of dietary fibers, bioactive polysaccharides, proteins, lipids, sterols, flavonoids, and minerals (Mg, Ca, Fe, K) in S. herbacea (Essaidi et al. 2013)." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4835422/
  9. I enjoy using all types of knives for different tasks. My latest addition is this baby round knife (68 mm) that is handy for cutting and skiving in tight spots.
  10. The BT639 is an adhesive that penetrates the flesh side and glues the fibers together. Burnishing with tokonole or gum trag is a surface treatment. I have also used PVA glue (Elmers white glue) mixed with stain to seal the flesh side (worked in with a glass slicker), but this stiffens the leather and I suspect it will break down with flexing the strap. You can find threads here about using stain/glue mixtures for sealing edges.
  11. TomE

    Rifle case

    That's a beautiful case with sharp looking handles. Well done. Is that Sedgwick bridle leather? Totally agree with Chuck that air rifles rock, and yours is way better than mine. Nonetheless, they are my weapons of choice for hunting pigeons around the horse barns.
  12. That's a tidy piece of work with lots of detail. Very nice.
  13. This product is a synthetic rubber (butadiene) for sealing the flesh side of leather. I use it mixed 50:50 with water and work the first coat into the leather with a glass slicker then apply a thin second coat. However, it dries as a smooth nontacky finish (like the label says). It seals out moisture and seems to be durable. I use it on bridle pieces that are split thickness as a replacement for the mossback finish of full thickness bridle leather. The BT639 might not suit your purposes. What about sewing on a liner of rough out chaps leather? https://www.hidehouse.com/Leather/Pearl-Split-Cow-Split-Grain-Suede-Finish-PE10-P.asp
  14. I'm no expert, but I know what I like. Beautiful workmanship. Thank you for posting.
  15. This video includes adding a welt to an axe cover that might be helpful. I would encourage you to sew instead of using rivets.
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