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About Brokenolmarine

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    Oklahoma mountains
  • Interests
    Woodworking, Shooting, Kayak Fishing, Fly Tying, Leatherwork

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    No specialty but mostly holsters, sheaths, whatever
  • Interested in learning about
    Improving tooling, carving skills
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  1. Could you make the eagle globe and anchor shown to my left. I haven't found a decent one yet... A quality stamp would probably sell.
  2. I really like all of it. The blade blanks are gorgeous, the hint of red in the scales on the one knife really catches your eye. The sheaths are neat and cleanly done. I just got my 3200, so I too am just learning the machine. Good work all the way around.
  3. The wife neatened my home office desk right after we were married. We had a conversation about personal space. She also used a japanese flush cut saw to try and cut a 2x4. She said it was crap and bent into an accordion. That was $40 down the drain. I told her it was my fault. I organized my high end tools into a special box, and she doesn't open it. We have tools she can share, tools she can't. She's cool with it. She wouldn't want me going into HER quilting / sewing shop and using her "Good" scissors to cut sandpaper into squares.
  4. I try to keep things organized. Comes from my stepfather, an anal perfectionist contractor. His work was so good he never had to advertise, always had jobs waiting from word of mouth, customer to customer. He taught me that every tool and every item had it's place. Put it back, you'll find it THERE the next time you need it, not waste time looking for it. Then Marine aviation reinforced that lesson. I try to keep my entire shop in order. Even my stamp block has them grouped by type. Shaders, bevelers, basket weave, etc. I try... But I can't say it works 100%.
  5. Very nice. I need to work on carving skills. My carving is normally a hot mess.
  6. I thought doubling the side panels would make stitching easier, boy was I wrong. I think striking a line around the edge of the side panel on the show face and the side for a consistent angle would increase the ease of box stitching.
  7. I waited by the phone until 4:30 local time, when the VA staff would have gone home, then went to the shop and finished the pouch. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. I'm thinking it came out pretty close to the plan in my head. It's pretty crowded in there, but I'm thinking this is what I had in mind. As always, I learned a few things, made some mistakes, and hopefully will be able to remember them the next time out. I will still have a few touch up things to do, but the pouch is usable now and I have the feeling it will last a long time. Color this project ... Done.
  8. Waiting for a callback from the VA, so I brought the pouch in the house to sew. I got 'er knocked out. Still have cosmetics to do; and the closure strap to attach with chicago screws in case I need to replace it later. I'll slip out to the shop this evening and get that done. Overall, I'm happy. A quarter view. You can see the post installed at the bottom center for the closure strap. Here is the front view. I'll use TWO chicago screws on the strap to insure it's pulling tight. Last but not least, an open view... I will post a view of the pouch once I have done the touchup on the dye, finished the edges and put the closure strap in place. But, you get the idea....
  9. I enjoyed the video, and will look back at it before starting my holster. Very nice work, and great quality video.
  10. Got back to work on it, and it was time to sew. Rolled out the Cowboy and checked the bobbin before beginning. Almost empty. This is a new machine to a rookie to sewing, so I looked up "How to fill the bobbin on your Cowboy 3200." The owner's manual did a good job and I figured why not fill them all, if I had to set up and fill one. There were eight, I filled five with white thread since I do more of that than black. The remaining three I filled with black. After the detour to bobbinville, it was time to sew. I used a scrap of old belt the correct width to keep the wet formed loop in proper orientation and sewed 'er down. Yeah, sounds like it went smooth as silk. It did, but at a snail's pace. I made a small mistake, but I'll bevel the edge and hide that enough that it won't keep me up nights. Besides, it's the belt loop, it will be on the back. Next I had to remark the position for the hole for the post for the strap that will act as my closure for the flap. I had it marked, but try as I might, my x-ray vision couldn't locate the original marking thru the dye. Old Batman can't see so good these days. I got 'er done, and then punched the hole from both sides to insure neatness, even though the hole will be covered by the post. Anal... guess it is a good thing. Now, finally, as Johnny Five would say. Assemble. I had ordered a set of leather needles, specifically for the two pairs of CURVED needles in the set. I was sure they would make the box stitches easier. I threaded up the larger of the two pairs and started stitching. After a couple pairs of holes, I discovered I was wrong. Okay, maybe the smaller pair of curved needles. I threaded them up instead. I stitched up three more holes. Nope. I gave up and threaded the original smaller straight needles I have used all along and got busy. PITA can be my nickname for the next few hours. But I knocked out about half of one side before my neck, shoulders, and back began whining like a six year old girl who missed her nap. I did get back out after a couple hours break, and knocked out the rest of this side, installed the post, and then started on the other side. I forgot my phone so no pics yet. I'll get some pics and an update later. We are getting close to the end. Once she is all sewn up, I'll attach the strap and do some minor detail work and touch up with the dye... and done.
  11. While waiting for the barrier to dry, I pull another scrap and the angled Basket Weave Stamp. This stamp has always given me trouble and practice will be the only way I'll master it. Practice makes Perfect... yeah, Right. The key here is a solid reference line and not slipping when you match the angles. While I was stamping my heart out, the dye finish dried and I would apply the antique. Apply, wipe, reapply as needed, wipe off the excess, shoot. Ah, Reapply, and wipe. I'll leave that to dry overnight so it will stay where it's at unless wiped with a damp cloth. Wow, that antique really makes that basketweave pop! Came out this morning and wiped the antique as needed with that damp cloth, mainly on the various edges where needed. Then applied a sheen finish to lock it in. Once that dries I'll begin assembly with sewing on the belt loop and attaching the post to the bottom of the main panel, then sewing. The pull strap can be attached after.
  12. I knew the look I wanted, so I dyed the project pieces with Yellow dye. The first coat was way too bright on that light leather, but the second coat darkened up to a fall leaf color when dry. I knew I was going to antique later, so I was good with two. While the dye dried, I practiced on my border work using scraps. The top is a Rope design, and the bottom is a technique called Ribbon. Practice, practice. The Ribbon is still eluding me a bit, but a lot better than when I started. Then it was a hot mess. At this point I apply the first finish to the leather with the dye dry, to create a barrier between the dyed leather and the antique to come. This way wiped away antique doesn't darken the areas I want clear.
  13. Back at work the last two days. I started by wet forming the belt slot for the back using my glass burnishing tool. Worked out very well. I continued to work on it and will eventually sew it into position after finishing. Next, I had made the decision to use a strap and post closure on this pouch, so I worked on making the strap. The first few didn't work for me, so I set them aside to use as test beds for the hole and slot cuts. The final one is in the far right of the picture below. It will be attached with a chicago screw so it can be easily replaced if it gets worn or torn out. Reading about their use in the civil war, they were often replaced on the ammo pouches on both sides. Next I punched both sets of holes for sewing. The straight holes in the main panel are never an issue, but the angled holes are always a PITA. Those took two sessions. Slow and careful. They crowded a bit in the turns. Meh, You won't see the sides that much. I'll keep telling myself that.
  14. My guests have left, and it was a great week, but not only did the Daughter come up from VA come up with her family for five days, but halfway thru her visit; the Daughter from Southern OK came up with her family. The little farmhouse was busting at the seams. None of them had seen each other for years, and the BILs and Granddaughter's had never met. Good visit all around for the most part. On Saturday, we visited a Antique Shop Warehouse Sale (Junkshop, call it what it is...) but I think I scored. The guy buys storage building units when they auction them for non payment. I found a stack of leather working stuff. I made an offer on the contents of three trays, and he names a price. I had recently spent that much for a small bag at Hobby Lobby so I jumped on it.... $150. MOST of the things were still in the Tandy Bags, but some of the hardware was in slots in the trays and had become mixed and disorganized. I brought the trays home and spent a couple hours sorting and organizing them. I did the math, I'm pretty sure I got my money's worth in the concho tray at least. There were also five or six sets of Rivet / Snap setting tools and some needles etc, not shown. There are items in here I know I'll need in upcoming projects, and some I might not use for a good while, but nothing I can't see using later. There were a few fancy decorative items like silver beads and things, belt tips and buckles that went into another tray not shown.
  15. I like em. Recently got some reptile skins, but need to soften them, they are stiff and hard. Bought some conditioner. When I finish the project on the bench....
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