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Mulesaw

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  • Birthday 04/28/1973

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    Denmark
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    Woodworking, horses, vintage cars, leatherworking

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    Horse tack, riding boots repair
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  1. The best comment of the day! I laughed so much that the first engineer called and asked the happened.
  2. Mulesaw

    My Bible cover

    Looking good, I like the idea of using 3 rivets at the base of the cross. To me it looks like the stones on the ground. A very nice touch.
  3. Looking really good! I have only repaired one piece from a stallion halter that had a raised leather strap, and it wasn't until I was done that it dawned on me that it had been easier to make the cover a bit oversize and then trimmed it later on. And it is a darn nice looking sewing machine too.
  4. It looks like you are on the right track again. I sincerely hope that no more stones and boulders will bother you Brgds and have a nice weekend Jonas
  5. It looks like you are well on your way to healing. I also know I am not supposed to laugh when someone are ill, but I have to admit that your picture made me laugh out loud! That was exactly the idea of a pain killer I had envisioned.
  6. Ouch... I hope that you will soon get better. My best advice (not a medic) would be to find a comfortable chair in front of the fireplace with a good book and a couple of painkillers. But I don't know the first thing about kidneystones, so I have no idea if it would ease the pain or not. My thoughts are with you
  7. Thanks Chuck, It is really appreciated I am so lucky to have my son involved in this as a partner, because he is the one who knows how to sell stuff. And together we make a pretty good team. Plus we make sure to have a good time along the way doing it which is really important I think. One of the ideas of the company is that it would be a great way to ease his way into it. He takes care of the accounting and that sort of stuff, and I provide some muscle (and a little experience). We haven't got any debt to a bank, but our company has borrowed some money from me. And it is written in the document that the money should be paid back whenever it was convenient for the company. That means that he (and I ) doesn't have to stress to meet any goals each month to satisfy a bank. And given that he is still an apprentice and goes to technical college half his time that is really good. The long term goal is to specialize in harness rooms / saddle rooms in large stables and horse trucks. We have bought a house too that we are renovating, and that will be rented out. I don't think that I'll quit sailing, but I hope and think that he can make a living from the company when he is done with his formal training as a carpenter. And at that time he will already be accustomed to tax reporting, accounting making quotations etc. And I am happy if I can still participate by repairing horse related stuff :-) Technically I could also work full time for the company, but I think we need to get it a bit more off the ground before starting that. But we are on the right track. Brgds Jonas
  8. Really impressive! and thanks for providing the IMGUR link, I think I see a boot project somewhere in my future. :-)
  9. @TomE Thanks for the video, I sadly can't see it out here since the net connection is so slow, but I'll have a look at it when I get home. I repaired a nice lead rope for someone, the rope was a braided thick soft rope, and the snap was attached by means of a piece of leather that was folded and then sewn onto the braided line. The other end had a leather ending as well, not a rounded cap, but also just a folded piece of leather that was sewn pretty close to it. It looked nice, though the stitching wasn't that great (I guess that's why I had to repair it)
  10. I just tried to google a bit, and this page came up: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CFR-2011-title19-vol1/pdf/CFR-2011-title19-vol1-sec12-60.pdf On that paper it is specified in section § 12.61 that "(a) Fur-seal or sea-otter skins taken by Indians, Aleuts, or other aborigines under the authority of section 3 of the act, fur-seal skins taken under the authority of the Canadian Government, and fur-seal skins taken on the Pribilof Islands and other specified areas under the authority of section 4 of the act shall be admitted to entry if officially marked and certified as having been lawfully taken and if accompanied by a declaration of the shipper identifying the skins by marks and numbers as those covered by the official certificate." So I would guess that it also applies to seal pelts from Greenland Inuit. But I think the safest bet would be to contact the US customs, it can't hurt to ask them. There is a similar problem in antiques. You can't import an old piano to the US unless you have proof that the ivory on the keys were taken lawfully. And that information doesn't exist on older pianos since it wasn't unlawful at that time to hunt elephants. There is a well known restorer named Patrick Edwards who has a series of very interesting articles on that subject on his blog a couple of years back (not leatherwork related otherwise,).
  11. @TomE Thanks for the kind words :-) And thanks for the suggestions for future products. I really like the idea of a show name plate, I have never thought about that until now, but it is always the same piece of paper that is taped to the front of the box door. and it really doesn't do much good for the overall look. I would have to learn how to make a rope halter, but I guess that should just require a good source of instruction and some practice. Lead ropes is also a good idea that everyone needs. I would love to make stuff like side reins and surcingles, but I am afraid that I will have a hard time getting in on the market with them. I know that I can make them as good or better than some of the fancier brands, but they have a powerful PR machine and many riders love using a recognizable brand. We hope that we will be such a brand someday, but I think it will take some time to get there. (But that doesn't matter as long as the journey is a blast) I think that hay nets are too cheap for repairing, at least if you need to pay someone to do it. It is the same problem with paddock halters. These can often be bought as a package deal at at sale with 5 halters for 15 $. I can't event get the hardware and nylon strap for 5 halters for that price. We actually operate with different hourly rates depending on the work we do. Horse blanket repair is just DKK 200 per hour (roughly 28$) but for saddle repair jobs and leather repair jobs we charge dkk 350 per hour (roughly 49 $) It may seem like a high price, but it is dirt cheap in Denmark. I think an unskilled labourer is paid something like 25$ per hour, so if you need a carpenter you usually pay at least 70 $per hour. My thought is that if we charged a higher price for the blanket repair, it would often be cheaper for people to buy new blankets, and I like the idea of repairing stuff instead of throwing it out, so it still generates an income to our company, and it is a great way to get in touch with more horse people. On an average I'd say that a horse blanket takes about an hour to repair, there is usually a bit of hardware that goes into it as well, and then there is the Danish VAT that amounts to 25%, so it quickly adds up for the customer.
  12. @BlackDragon Here are some pictures of the products we have made so far. The leather grease comes in 3 colours: neutral, black and brown. The wooden hooks on the head stall holders are mitered in the corner and reinforced with a spline (those re the darker vertical lines) I haven't got any close up pictures of the shabrack holders, but they are also stained pine with two coats of marine varnish on them, You can see the ends in the first picture, where it holds 3 shabracks.
  13. @chuck123wapati Hi Chuck, I think that the current delivery time and ordering time is something like a couple of months, so it is not a product that demands fast delivery. We have a bunch of spare hammocks on board, so without knowing the full detail of the ordering process, My guess is we (the ship) order once every year to replenish stock. Getting the hammocks to the ship is not a problem since they will just be sent to the office. Technically it would be cheaper if we managed to deliver while the ship was in Denmark for a visit. Cause then there wouldn't be a shipping issue to get it to Norway. Since I am still on a regular sailing job it means that I am out of our own company half the time, so that kind of demands that we always uphold a little stock our products so we can sell them, but the hammocks would be different since they will be sold in batches. So far my plan of production is: -Cut the rope needed to the correct lengths. Using a hot melt knife. This will keep the ends from fraying and I won't have to spend a lot of time putting on a small tackle on each end. -Make an eye splice on both ends of the carrier rope. (I would do this on a bunch of ropes, not just for one hammock) -Cut the canvas to the correct length and width and do it for say 10 pieces (more than 10 pieces I am afraid will just cause unnecessary clutter in the shop) -Fold the ends over twice, and iron the folds (2") so they will stay in place while I am sewing, (another possibility is glue or double sided tape, I just think that ironing would be faster and less costly) -Sew the folded ends. -Fold the sides, these fold should end up being approx 1.5" -Insert a string (like the starter cord of a chainsaw) in the fold. And sew the side folds. -Pull the carrier rope through the folded side using the cord. At this time the operation is repeated because this can all be done on the same setting of the sewing machine. -Adjust the sewing machine to do a higher lift so I can sew the carrier ropes and the lacing ropes. -Mark for where the lacing ropes should be mounted on the hammock. -Fix the carrier ropes to the side folds by sewing, approximately a 2" stitching on each end. -Sew the lacing ropes onto the bottom of the hammock. At this point all the sewing is done. -Mark where the holes for the brass eyelets should be on each of the folded ends. (8 pieces in each end) -Make the 16 holes for the eyelets. (Here I am not sure if I should use a hand punch, make something for a swing press, or make a pipe shaped drill, I am leaning mostly to the drill for speed and accuracy) -Install the 16 eyelets (I have a special tool for those, they are 20 mm ~ 3/4") Now the basic hammock is complete. This is the state that the ship buys them in, but there is a also an interest in getting some that can be sold directly to our trainees, and these will need to be "mounted"- the mounting consists of fixing a 3" diameter steel ring to each end of the hammock using a total of 10 pieces of rope each sort of 6' in length, They are just tied using a half knot and a farmers splice (insert the entire rope though the strands to hold it in place). I don't know how many mounted hammocks we will sell, but it is just not a completely different product, just a few things added to the existing unit. There are quite a few steps involved, but my main idea has been to make sure that I don't waste time by having to change workstation or readjust the sewing machine for each hammock. Brgds Jonas
  14. @BlackDragon Sorry about the link, I have asked my son to send me the pictures, so I can upload them here. Thanks for the input. So far we are not looking into having employees, it's just Gustav and me, but that said we still need to look after ourselves as well. the idea about observing how someone else is doing things is good. When I made the first shabrack holders (they look like a rope ladder), I riveted the leather strop on each "step" both sides. But Gustav wanted to try, and he just tried doing all three steps in one side first, then flipping all over and then did the other side of them all, and that cut down probably a couple of minutes, and less fuzzing abot. I like to be able to give him some good inputs since he will be the one who will be running the company at some point (hopefully in a very distant future), but if I can teach him just a little then it might be the difference between make or break at some point. At first I had to explain to him that if we produced something ourselves, then we should still be able to make a decent hourly wage of the product. So that was why I was noting the time each operation took. I felt kind of like Scrooge McDuck, but there is no point in lying to him, and while it is OK to spend a long time on something if it is your hobby, you just have to operate with another mindset if it is for a business. We are planning on making a dedicated leather/canvas shop in the old green house in our garden (it was originally a brick structure, so it isn't a flimsy aluminum thing), so far the plans go for a well insulated wooden floor, lots of natural light, a wood burning stove to keep a decent temperature in the colder months, and it will be out of the regular wood workshop so there won't be a problem with dust settling as much. But that is for the future. We are not trying to make a living out of the company yet, so we are mainly trying to do a soft start without getting into debt. But the entire organization and planning of e.g. those serial productions fascinate me.
  15. I tried to google a bit, and I found this https://www.horsejournals.com/riding-training/tack-gear/western/restoring-vintage-western-saddles That is form 2013, and they are linking to Alain Eons homepage.: http://alain.eon.free.fr/ Our net out here is so slow that I can't seem to load the page completely. So I don't know if it is possible to order directly form Alain home page.
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