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  1. See....this is a perfect example of training customers to devalue products. Food is a commodity like gasoline or leather goods. But because the grocery store always has a "special " you have been trained by them to look for only those items that are discounted. The full price goods are ignored. If a bakery puts items on sale after 2:00pm and they close at 5....they train the customers to come in after 2:00 and make purchases then of baked goods. They won't stop by before lunch. (Which kills sales) Because if a customer only has time during the morning hours to buy bakery goods they won't get any because the goods go on sale after 2...they would rather go without than pay the higher price.
  2. It's the stockyards and the grain. Meat is processed in huge butcher shops these days with lots of low cost labor. It's cold, wet, and tight quarters. With covid a lot of people got sick or just didn't bother to go back to work. (Found other jobs) So livestock which was ready to be butchered had to wait....and wait some more....and wait some more. The prices of the livestock ready for butchering went down and farmers lost lots of money on a high dollar crop. At the same time the price of transport and grain went through the roof. The risks being so high...people stopped raising livestock. The cost of tractor fuel, fertilizers, pesticides, and etc went through the roof too. You can't feed animals straight grass or hay if you want to eat them. You have to feed them grain. What was once $4/bushel is now $17/bushel. Not much relief in sight either. With the current prices of petroleum products it's not going to get better for a few years. China vs Taiwan, Russia and Ukraine, and even Africa and Vietnam are all having issues....these places need shipping containers made of steel and people going to work. Guess what they don't have? With all the things going on....it's not going to get any better for a while....if ever. Last year during the sugar shortage India had a bumper crop of sugar just rotting away unable to distribute it anywhere for a lack of shipping containers. Meanwhile everyone was in the grocery stores wondering where the sugar was. That's how things are going to continue until there is peace and harmony on a global scale again. We don't have to like everyone but we can learn to get along well enough to stop breaking down the farmers and supply chains. Ethiopia from the 70's and 80's should be a clue as to what happens when farmers can't farm. (Wealthy nation when they don't fight themselves)
  3. Actually, I do an oil dye where I mix about a 4% solution of dye (not pro dye but regular) with 96% neatsfoot oil and then brush that on for dying leather. Gives a very nice light color and really softens the veg tanned leather. Then again with a seal coat. Black is nice....but sometimes you want something else.
  4. Actually that looks normal. And what you need to do now is rub, buff, and work off all the excess dye on the leather. Yes, it's going to get shiny. But then a sealing coat of whatever finish you use can be flat instead of gloss. Glossy finishes are common but they do make flat. Black dye tends to bleed off into clothing and everything it touches. So a LOT of sealing will help protect against that. Have fun!
  5. Grind and polish it until it's a mirror....that's the first step. Moisture then will have limited access to oxidize the surface. Then "bluing agent" needs to be applied. https://www.wikihow.com/Blue-Steel That link has several methods. Then a light coat of oil or wax of some sort will stop the rust. I've seen this method actually work really well. I've seen steel polished until it looked like chrome... and it took forever for it to rust even when we tried. We were bored at work and took a pair of lineman pliers to the buffers....we made it shiny like it had been chromed. Thought it wouldn't last because we didn't oil it. But actually it did. Everyone else's lineman pliers got rusted and stiff....(We weren't busy and the place was wet) his stayed shiny the whole time. Then the job was over and we all left. I was going to polish mine all day like we did my co-workers.
  6. johnnydb

    Art ?????

    They look really nice. Better than my attempt at animals. The wolf looks more like a husky dog....wolves have a longer snout than dogs. (Think wiley coyote) I thought you were going for a husky until you said otherwise and thought it was a perfect husky dog. Although the "cute" wolves in cartoons these days tend to have shorter snouts....can't have the kids afraid of all them sharp teeth. So if that was what you were aiming for you nailed it too. Otherwise it's awesome work....
  7. Ok....yes you need to do some form of mechanical holding of the liner. This can be achieved by several methods and finishes you add. The customary approach for some is skiving and folding the leather over the lining and then stitching. Others fold over the lining and then stitch. Others will use a border of some sort stitched over the edge....this can be corded cloth, sinew edging, or even thin strips creating a sort of picture frame type covering for the cloth edge. (Stitched into place) Cloth lacks rigidity. The glues don't hold the fibers as well as you might like. Cloth tends to fray at cut edges and cloth folded over edges has cloth unglued to the leather...creating "bubbles " in the lining edge. Which will start a "come apart" later for you when you begin to get frustrated with this nice work you have done.
  8. I'm going to agree completely about any swivel knife first being sharpened before it will be useful. I got one and started carving on some cased leather and knew instantly that it was in rough shape right out of the box. I then spent several hours regrinding the edge and then putting a true razor-sharp edge that will shave a tough beard close. It takes a stone progression through surgical black Arkansas stones and a strop with jewlers Rouge or better. Then it finally was fine to cut with. Tool sharpening is a completely different skill set....but the polished edge is worth it. Because you don't want to start and stop a cut changing angles or direction when you do. It will look bad when you pound it out. Only the sharpest razors will do what you want...then you can focus on the art instead of the knife.
  9. A bunch of decent tabletop CNC mills are getting to be within budget too.... Just saying....
  10. See, now the electrician in me wants to add gears and a motor to your skiver and make it do all the work of putting the leather through the blade.... But then that means I have to go through the complicated math for designing, cutting and mounting gears (keyways and etc)so I get the speed correct....for the appropriate torque needed to do it well. Because I'm definitely lazy just like you...ha ha ha. I'm thinking that a one horse DC motor and.... However....if you watch and look around there's a bunch of very old lathes and verticle mills (in great shape) that can be had for very little $ but they are going to require some heavy lifting, Rigging, installation, and hauling...which usually is the larger expense in these things. If you have room in a workshop.. I'm thinking that my house needs to be around 1200 square feet but my workshop needs at least 4000 Sq feet.
  11. Very very cool.... And I know that a lot of people won't understand the "why" of such things. Like why I want to spend a couple of grand on a machinists mill, another couple thousand on a machinists lathe...just so I can make a clock because I didn't like the price they wanted for the clock I liked. (I got started in leather because I wanted a particular tool bag made a particular way and couldn't find one) But everyone has their own way of going about doing things. And necessity is the mother of all invention.
  12. The only thing not mentioned is the decorative stitching....like crossover stitches that put little "x" all down a seam or the "baseball" type stitch thT makes little "v" out of the stitches.... Then there's decorative edge stitches that produce nice edges to your work. (Usually done with sinew but not always) Again....all a matter of taste. Style. Functionality. Kinda like the question: What flavor of bread is best for a ham sandwich? It's all a matter of taste....just done whine about the mayo, mustard or cheese.
  13. I look forward to seeing all the finishing touches that can be had making these....like maybe some sort of fabric lining (for breath ability) or some edging for the ankle instead of raw leather. All sorts of possibilities in mind.
  14. Cool build.... Not much in the way of skiving the leather....I'm assuming that you are wearing these sneakers. Is that something that you wished that you had done for the tongue or not? I'm guessing that it would depend upon the thickness of leather as well. I'm wondering if they have boots.... But great video!
  15. Each piece is always a learning experience....and a new way to invent the wheel. It takes about 20 times of doing the same item repeatedly to get it finally done right....well to my satisfaction at least. But usually by that point I'm bored with making it and move on to something else. Yeah, I'm never satisfied either. But your work looks great to me. Nice stitching, tooling and dyeing.
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