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  1. So, wallets. I saw people skiving the T pockets and it made sense to reduce the thickness of the pocket so that when a credit card is inserted, the edges if the T picket don’t show up as they are slimmer. So I started doing it. I understand the skiving of the top part of a card pocket if you want to fold it back on its own to glue a thinner materia to create folded edges…makes sense to me. What I don’t understand is the slicing of the edges of the wallet than you end up glueing together. When I make my wallets the thickness is pretty much consistent edge to edge. Why would I want the edges of the wallet 3/4 of the thickness of the wallet itself? That should not help reducing the overall functional bulk of the wallet. If anything, after I place the cards in the wallet, having thinner edges would make the wallet look even thicker, ‘pillowy’ like. I do not skive my edges now as I still don’t understand its functionality. I do scrape the gran side of the leather that I am gonna glue fir better adhesion but that’s pretty much it. If you have info that would help me understand please do. thank you in advance.
  2. I truly appreciate your gesture, but I ended up just buying leather from Rocky Mountain, some pueblo and other stuff so I didn’t get the HO yet. but thanks again for offering. Much appreciated. I am gonna try to use this pueblo today.
  3. Mike, I lasercut so no irons (although i have 4mm round and 3mm dimonds). I skive the T pocket. I dont understand skiving the edge. If I do, if I understand thus correctly, it would shave bulk from the edges once they are glues and stitched. But the rest of the wallet, will be thicker than the sides the are skived. I don't ee the point in that. I like how thick the wllet is ne when i burnish it it loos like wood. Pretty cool. thank you
  4. Thank you! i am making wallets. The main structure is 2mm thick (5-6 oz) and the outside pockets are 1mm (2-3oz) see the photo, that’s what I am making. i’ve only used Veg Tan from Amazon and Tandy so far so I am yet to experiment with different leathers like Pueblo. cant wait.
  5. Touche’ on the Alto, Hardrada. I laser-cut mostly to avoid punch in in the holes. I plan in moving soon and I’ll have a better place: for now this is all I can do. Ok, so pueblo is finished. I am still trying to make sense of conditioners, top layers etc but again, it has been two months. I am light years behind you guys. Love the items btw, good job! And thanks for the tips
  6. You put Tokonole on the whole grain side? Do you burnish it with glass or just let it dry? Then you apply Saphir wax? those are great tips, thank you!
  7. Hardrada, now thats a good looking wallet. i recently purchased some pueblo leather and a liner from RML but waiting for delivery. I laser cut the leather so I am not sure how a finished leather will behave under the laser. I guess I’ll find out soon enough. To tell you the truth, I don’t even know what ‘finished’ leather is. One thing I got to point out about English is that you guys use a lot of same words to descrive something completely different-ie top as in best and apical layer. Finished as a completed item as well as lacquered or painted etc. So I am still learning the terms. i am not sure if the Pueblo leather i bought is finished or not. Oh, and good point on the ‘free’. Did not think about it. I went with RML because they split leather. If it cuts under my laser and the fumes don’t kill me…I guess I’ll stick with them otherwise they’d have lost a potential customer (lol). thank you for your help.
  8. That makes sense. For now I keep the leather undyed. I just apply Neatsfoot oil to it. The black color I achieve by using vinegar in which I dissolved steel wool and then neutralized its acid with sodium bicarbonate. It’s called mordente ferroso in italian and here, probably, ferrous acetate? Thank you for your tips.
  9. So, I have been working with leather for the whole 2 months now. Doing my saddle stitching all happy until I saw the first picture. That is not how I do my saddle stitches i do it like the second picture. I pass the thread in my right hand over the left hand thread which essentially create s a weave. Am i doing it wrong?
  10. Thank you JLS. so, if I am understanding this well, HO’s leather is full grain. I buy panels because my living situation doesn't really allow me to get larger pieces and have no space to cut them. While they are expensive I find them cheaper than the leather I get from amazon (mind you, I just started working with leather). I guess I’ll buy a couple of panels and try it out. Springfield Leather has some for relatively cheap. They classify the leather as #1 or #2 with the former being the best quality so, I assume A but, it could also mean that it is the best quality cut if a grade C. I don’t know and doubt I’ll be able to tell until I get some good leather and compare.. You mentioned the markup through a retailer. Can I buy from the Hermann company itself? Thank you Hags. What dealer do you use? I don’t know many. Namely, one.
  11. So, was going to buy a panel of Hermann Oak leather and scrolled down to where it said that Hermann Oak has been tanning top-grain leather since 1881 or something like that. So I messaged the rep and asked if that piece was full grain or top grain and she said it is top grain. Now I am confused…is all Hermann Oak top grain or they sell it full grain and distributers sand it to top grain?
  12. Thank you so much for your help. I appreciate it.
  13. I’ll check Springfield leather. The Deglazer to clean before stitching! That is a great tip! Thank you! Do you use it to clean the sides or even the front of the leather? I notice that the leather gets a bit dirty when I stitch but don’t know if it is the wax from the thread or the glue. I use 1882 water based glue but the deglazer should work if it works for barge. Hopefully it cleans the wax off the leather too. Thank you again. ps, I did notice that the Weaver leather I got it is way easier to skive than the leather I get on Amazon or Tandy. Maybe better quality leather is just easier to skive. I am waiting for some pueblo from mountain rock leather so I can compare it.
  14. Thank you for your answer. I heard Hermann Oak was good: I’ll try it next. Do you buy panels (and if so, how do you know from where are they cut -ie belly, shoulder etc)? Or do you buy whole hides? I dont have much room so the whole hide/side is a pain to cut. if you don’t see any blemishes on the piece you are gonna use, you don’t clean it, right? I wonder if my issue was both the low quality hide and probably I used part of the belly. I look at pictures that mark different areas of the hide but it’s hard to say where one ends and the other one starts ( bend ends/belly starts). I’ll look into the oxalic acid Thank you
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