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  1. Hello all! Here is a leather tote bag I finished a while ago. The handles are an 8 strand round braid and the first thing I've braided. The leather is 8oz veg-tan with soft pigskin lining on the inside. The sheridan pattern is my own work. This is also my first time using a bar grounder in my carving. Let me know what you think! Critique welcome. -Ryan
  2. fighttobreathe

    Help with Prepping Leather for Braiding

    First time posting here! Be gentle! I've been doing some leatherwork on and off for a few years. I'm pretty much self taught so there are some large gaps in my knowledge. I started in the theatrical costuming world, so I know how to sew or hand sew pretty much anything, and I can figure out any pattern I want to make. What I'm lacking is proper knowledge of leather prep. The project I'm working on now is recreating a braided leather hackamore for my father. The original was my great grandfathers and the last flood here in Bastrop got it. I know how to do the braid, it's a 8 string square braid over a core, that's the easy part. What I would like to know is threefold.... 1. I have the Tandy table top lace cutter, which I like fine. BUT what happens when you don't have long enough strings to create the whole braid? Is there a way to join ends when you know you're about to hit the end? I know I can hide a join under the other stands during the braid, but I'm not sure how to accomplish the join in the first place... skive the two ends and glue? Add a few stitches? 2. Do you bevel the edges of each of your strings in order to make everything look cleaner and neater? If so, what do you use? I have a french beveler, but it doesn't seem to be the best tool for the job... 3. The leather I think I'm using is the Acadia Old Town Folklore. It's about 5-5.5 oz. Is that going to be too think? I could have ordered it and had them dry split it, but I didn't think of it at the time. Should I invest in a manual splitter? I've seen them for $200 and over, but I can barely afford the $200 version... Any and all suggestions are SO VERY WELCOME! Thank you all, CA
  3. I made this bag for my mom. (60th birthday) Didn't give yet Leather : Buttero Vegetable Tanned Leather (Italy) Thickness : 1.8t (3oz) The video features making a braided brown shopper bag. I hope you guys like it too. Thanks! Video [12:18]
  4. James1983

    DVD's on Plaiting for Whips

    Does anyone know of good detailed dvd's on plaiting for whips and round braids with knots? I was hoping to find copies of Bernies dvd's (em brand whips) is there are any still in circulation? I already own marlinespike knot works dvds, looking for more in plaiting specifically.
  5. I am creating a leather paper tray. I stamped the inner sides and bottom with a basket weave and hand stitched the sides together. I’m now lacing the top edge with a round braid but can’t seem to get the corner right. I know how to do a corner on a flat piece of leather but since the tray does not have a corner hole I can’t figure out how to lace the corner. Help!
  6. Hi There, im rather new to rawhide braiding and looking to buy a string cutter/beveler. But am not having a lot of luck finding one in New Zealand / Australia, would any one be able to point me in the right direction for this? Thanks in advance
  7. I'm new to braiding and want to know what leather to use and where to buy it. NelsonG
  8. I just made a small braided headphones holder as a gift. Figured I’d post more detailed pics of the process here, as knots can sometimes be hard to follow (for me at least) just from diagrams in a book. The piece starts as a simple flat three plait, which is then folded in half and tied off with scrap thread to form the loop at one end. Two strands are then thinned down to make the core for a round four braid. The start of the round braid doesn’t have to be super neat, as it’ll be covered later by a knot. I then braid for about 6 inches (can be longer but wouldn’t recommend any shorter), then tie off with scrap thread (will also be covered by a knot). I then roll the braid under a bread board to stretch it out and smooth down the texture.
  9. motocouture

    Small braided gift

    Small Christmas gift; braided headphones holder. Starts with a simple three plait, then folded in half, using two strands as a core for the round four-braid, finished with a gaucho knot button. Will post a more detailed process overview of the knot in the ‘how to’ section. I forgot how fiddly braiding and knot tying is lol
  10. KarinG

    Dog Show Leads

    Looking to find out how to braid a dog show lead for my dog. Can anyone send me in the right direction please? Thank you
  11. Getting back into braiding and leatherwork after a long time away from it. Made a leash for my brother and his red heeler (quality tested by my Dobie). Kangaroo leather six-strand round plait, over a paracord core, loops back-spliced in, and the clip end loop braided over again to give a replaceable wear area.
  12. Alric77

    A Little Lacing & Applique Work

    I thought my copy of Bruce Grant's Encyclopedia of Rawhide & Leather Braiding wasn't leather braidy enough, so I made a jacket. It's starting to look more appropriate now.
  13. mrbeebs23

    5 Thong Circular Applique

    Leather Brothers and Sisters, I'm struggling with the Five Thong Circular Applique from Bruce Grant's book. I can follow the first half of the directions but then... Blah! Anyone know of a simpler method or step by step instructions for making this beautiful braid? Any help is appreciated. Thanks! All the best, Brett C.
  14. Don Ayres

    Herringbone Braid

    Hello all, was wondering if anyone could give me a hand in learning the herringbone braid, ive seen this pattern in other members work and think i looks pretty nice for a bracelet, im interested in making it primarily in 6 and 8 strands, im not even sure if it can be done in 4 strands but i may be wrong, If you know a you tube video or any other resource that can point me in the right direction id appreciate it. Thank You D.A.
  15. Louisianawhipmaker

    Opinions On Cutting Rawhide

    This past weekend I made some raw hide using KAWs method for dehairing(it worked pretty good by the way) thanks for that KAW, any way I am now ready to cut it into strings for several different projects, maybe royal reins, bosal, and buttons and I am curious of others opinion on how to cut the hide. It seems like if I take my strap cutter and cut around the hide I would have very little waste, vs cutting out rounds then cutting string. I have even seen where some just cut the hide in straps length ways. Are certain parts better for certain items, I know when making a saddle, saddle makers like certain parts of the hide for different pieces of the saddle. I'm pretty green to this but seems as if it would apply to braiding as well.
  16. A bull whip that I made for a customer recently.
  17. Im trying to figure out the math for widths of plaits. I have a 7/8" Diameter tube that I would like to braid. I would ideally like to have strand widths between a quarter and half inch. Is there a calculation that can be used to figure out my options?
  18. Hello, I am looking to buy a splitter for latigo whip plaiting and general splitting with low production volume (3-5 whips per week). What spliter does everyone recommend? I have been thinking a landis 5 in 1 or similar would work well for my shop but is it accurate enough? I see the most plaiters use the C.S. Osborn manual type, why is this? Thanks, Travis
  19. rjfoster03

    Braiding Classes In Nc

    I have been searching for any braiding classes in or around North Carolina and unfortunately an internet search has not been of much help. Tandy in Chicago, a site in Texas and a few even futher have offerings, but the wife prefers that I try and stay a little closer to home. Being a hands-on learner, I wanted to see if anyone knows of anyone that offers any hands-on classes to get me going on the right foot. Thanks for any help.
  20. Krato3e

    Interesting Braiding

    Hello friends I am starting to learn braiding. I would like to ask if anyone know the name of the braiding or how it is done this nice leather bracelet that I saw in a website. thanks for your help
  21. Does anyone know what type of stitch was used on this wallet. It's fitted very tightly together without gaps. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  22. kmic

    Bull Rope

    Hey all, first time posting on here but you folks seem like the kind of crowd who would know. My question is about bull ropes, i.e., how to make one. I've seen a few youtube clips and it seems pretty straight forward but the handle lacing is never shown. I'm not out to start a business or compete with anyone who sells them, I just want to make one for myself and not break the bank doing it. So... if any one out there would be kind enough to post a set of instructions I'd be thrilled. Thanks, K.M.
  23. I bought these boots on ebay to make boot purses out of the tops. I sent them to a friend of mine to cut the tops off. When I got them I realized they FIT me and it was too late to make them full length boots again, so I came up with this last night so I can wear them. The one that's finished looks really good in person. Pics just don't do it justice. Comments welcome. Cheryl
  24. BIS Leads

    Repairing A 4 Strand Braid With Core

    A friend has an old lead that got chewed and asked me to repair it. It is not one I've made. Any suggestions for repairing? I can figure out back braiding each end together, but how do I shorten up the core without causing a knot under the braid? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks, Barb
  25. willsketch

    Lace Width

    I'm having trouble figuring out how thick to make my roo lace for making both turksheads and standard plaiting around a core. I've been able to make do so far by just stepping up the turkshead until it fills up the space provided for the knot, however this is only good when I don't care about consistency between knots. I would like to be able to just measure the diameter of where the knot will be and apply a simple formula and arrive at how thick the lace needs to be. I've used bernie46's method for regular plaiting (take diameter, multiply by 4.5, divide by number of strands) and it seems to work ok. I'd like to know if there is a different multiplier if you want the braiding angle to be different (ie so it results in differently shaped diamonds when braiding).