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    Winston-Salem, NC
  • Interests
    eventing, animal care, art

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Tooling and Tack
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    all things leather, but tack especially
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  1. I have one that was given to me, and I've cut myself countless times on it and wasted a lot of good leather from it just falling apart on me. No name brand and no screws, only held together with rubber bands. I had no clue Weaver made a much more sturdy option, I've been buying strips like a chump. This forum helps again!
  2. I might be interested in some! Consider creating an imgur(.)com photobook, and that way anyone who is interested can be message a link and circle the items in the photos they want. Then you can replace the photos, crossing out what is no longer available. Might be easier to do one-at-a-time style thank just posting the link here though. Other than that, this forum's marketplace should help you a lot!
  3. This is beautiful! Awesome job!
  4. I'm also still learning, but might have a couple of suggestions. Guessing that you aren't tooling since the leather is predyed. Even with predyed leather, it might be smart to put a small test amount in a pocket of a pair of pants you don't care about and leave it while doing daily life. Sometimes that dye can bleed and you don't want ruin family/friends/customer's clothes or purses. For a matte sheen, that is semi water resistant, try tan kote on a test piece and see how you like it. If you would like something much more water resistant and with a higher gloss/ sheen, try Resolene. I have not used it, so I cannot personally vouch for it, but I know a lot of makers swear by Sheridan RTC. As far as oils, I prefer olive oil and neatsfoot, but I tool almost everything that leaves my shop. Mink oil almost feels too greasy for me so I only use it for water resisting my husband's boots. Maybe I need to switch up my brand though. Your burnishing idea seems like it would get very glossy, especially if you sand your edges as well. Whatever you choose, I highly recommend testing it out and putting the test piece into use for a day or so. Best of luck!
  5. Thank you for your reply - I'll point her in the direction of some saddlers, though if I had to bet, she would sooner just buy a new saddle.
  6. It looks awesome all cleaned up! Great job!
  7. I agree with you! I told her from the get go it would be unlikely, but I would ask around. Can I ask what you mean by adding a rear rigging in the traditional manner? Google/youtube searches just come up with how to tack up with Western Gear. Thank you! Eventing is my main experience with horses, so I had no clue if that was even the correct placement.
  8. Hey there! My riding instructor wanted me to know if I could safely rotate the D ring to hold a back cinch safely or if she would be better off with a new saddle altogether. Does anyone have any experience with this and would be willing to offer up any advice and guidance? I can get more photos if need be! Thanks in advance!
  9. Thank ya'll! I didn't even think of gaffer's tape, and I definitely like a test fabric before- even if it is pricey, it'll be cheaper than doing it over again with leather because I messed up the first time!
  10. Hey there! Sorry if this has already been asked, but nothing really came up in the search. I'm looking to make a truck center console cover, first for myself, and then potentially offering them through my business depending on how it goes. I just can't find any guide or how-to, and when I attempt to take measurements and make a paper pattern and tape it together (alloting for seam differences) it still comes out wonky. I am not against using a fabric sleeve so that only the top is tooled, but I would like to learn how to make both. Thank you in advance!
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