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About Schick

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  • Birthday 05/11/1965

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    Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Interests
    Watches, Leatherwork, Airbrush, Firearms, Music, Ham Radio

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    Watch Straps and Purses
  1. Big thanks to Hardrada, Danne, and Mike02130. This gives me much to work with. I was considering goat. I will have to order anything, as the only store local is Tandy. I am definitely going to have to manufacture that sharpening rig. So simple and smart. I love it. Thanks again to all that assisted. I would have replied sooner, but I guess I was not subscribed to my own post. :-)
  2. Hi. I have been trying to teach myself how to make leather watch straps. So far, I have realized just how difficult it might be, as I am very new to leather and now see just how many techniques I need to master. I am able to stitch fairly good (in my eyes at least), and am getting better at cutting out templates by hand. I am even getting better at edge coating and hand-burnishing. I am however, having difficulty skiving my work. I realize it is not something I would learn in a week, and I expect to learn from my mistakes. I think my issues are based on a few things. I need to get better at sharpening my skiving tools. I am okay at it, but not perfect. I am also using cheap scrap leather. It is the kind you get in bags at stores like Tandy. I think it is mostly chrome tanned. I think some of my scrap may actually be some old couch leather a friend gave me. Skiving the Tandy scrap leather is a real pain for me, as I seem to either cut too much and accidentally shorten a piece, or not quite thin the leather enough. I am guessing that veg tanned leather is easier, but am unsure, as veg tanned scraps available are heavy, and much to thick for a watch strap. I tried sanding the leather with a dremel instead of a skiving knife, but wow, is that ever messy! A friend told me that chrome tanned is bad, especially if it touches the skin, and that some people might get skin reactions on their wrists. Is that true? Also, is the inner layer of leather in a watch strap usually calf skin? Are there alternatives? What is a good leather for watch straps created by a newbie? I have so many questions, but will just try and keep it to this topic for now. Thanks in advance to anyone kind enough to offer advice.
  3. Wow. The work you have created is simply beautiful. It is really nice to see people from different countries share a common passion such as leatherwork. I think China is amazing and hope to visit your country one day, before I get too old. :-)
  4. Hi folks. My name is Kevin, and I reside in Saskatchewan, Canada. I have been interested in trying leatherwork for a few years, but finally tried it this last year. While I am hoping to gain many skills and try different things out, I am really interested in learning how to create leather watch straps. I have made a few horrible creations, and simply write those off as lessons learned. I need a lot of practice. So far, I love leatherwork. I really enjoy stitching, and am getting pretty good at simple stitches. I really need to learn more, and practice a lot more when it comes to skiving. Yikes, what a challenge. As for me, I am just a regular guy with a wife of many decades, and a fairly typical teenage son. Like me, my wife loves watches. I plan on getting good enough to bombard her with a continued supply of really nice leather straps. Who knows, maybe there is a designer purse in her future. Heck, I might as well dream big. I look forward to hanging out here and seeing which sub-forums are best for my interests. Bye for now.
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