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  1. HollywoodLatte

    Twisted fringe untwisted!

    Can anybody help? I made a pair of chinks with hand tooled and finished yokes and twisted fringes - the result is gorgeous- very happy customer. But she wore them at a horse show where she got drenched in the rain- fringes started to untwist! What to do now??
  2. Here are some chink chaps I made for two of my sisters. I think they turned out pretty well and they are getting a lot of use. Let me know what you think. Critique is always welcome. Thanks for viewing! Ryan
  3. NWBicketLeatherCollc

    High Quality Buckle/ Concho Supplier

    Does anyone have any good- moderately priced but high quality Concho & Buckle suppliers? Looking for 1/2"; 3/4"; & 1" size buckles and larger conchos: say 2" and larger? I specifically do not want them to look like the cheap Tandy stuff. Thanks
  4. KBCustom

    How to make chaps

    Hello everyone, I've been asked to do a custom pair of step in chaps for a customer. I havent made a pair of chaps yet but would like to add this to my list of items. Can anyone give me some pointers or a step by step process? Thanks!
  5. KBCustom

    How to make chaps

    Hello everyone, I've been asked to do a custom pair of step in chaps for a customer. I havent made a pair of chaps yet but would like to add this to my list of items. Can anyone give me some pointers or a step by step process? Thanks!
  6. Here's something fresh off the bench. These are bison leather shotgun chaps for a cowboy friend of mine. We were rounding up cattle in heavy thickets and he needed chaps badly. Our shirts keep getting torn but I don't think I can fix that. This leather is great working chap leather because it is very tough but supple enough to be comfortable but it is a little scarred. He was very pleased with them. Let me know what you think. Comments/critique welcome.
  7. Hi, I would like to hear your ideas on shop layouts... I specialise in chaps, chinks, and armita's, and have feet problems. So that causes issues if I can't walk as much as I'd like. Any of you have the same type of issues? A person always seems to end up running back and forth for this tool and that pattern, some glue, a hammer... The list goes on. Thanks for any input and ideas!
  8. ScoobyNewbie

    100 year old chaps

    Okay, so I’ve worked at Tandy for all of 2 1/2 months. I’ve made 2 belts, and almost 3 hats, a flat cap, and tam’o’shanter ( which is now the lining of the flat cap, and I’m almost done with a pretty good tri-corn. Oh! And a card pocket thingy. Before that my leatherworking experience consisted of a set of coasters in the third grade. Today, a gentleman came in and plopped a plastic bag on my table an asked me how much I would charge him to renovate a pair of 100 year old chaps. I explained my inexperience and gave him the name of 2 companies that I know do chaps all the time. Too far away, too much lag time, he needs them this Saturday. He is doing a reinactment at a county fair. So it doesn’t need to be really sturdy or reinforced. I explain that I think a strip on the outside to widen it and lengthen it will be better weight wise than a full sheet. 3” inside and 4” on the outside and down to 42” at the bottom. So we get a piece of oil tanned utility hide that matches his old chaps color wise. With wiggling and shifting we get an acceptable drawing on the leather. (He helped measure and mark). He left after paying for the leather and signing an IOU for the finished chaps. I cut them out. One of them is 2” shorter than the other. There is plenty of leather left. So here are my questions. Can I bevel or skive the back of the oil tanned so that I can glue a section to the missing part? Trying to put it together in such a way that it looks, at a distance, to be one piece. I am a fairly crafty devil, and think a distance of 2-3’ can be done reliably. How thick should the glued/skived part be? Will that be strong enough if I use Leather Weld or Barge? Or would it just be better to cut them even and call it good? Will machine sewing the strip on the edge and 3” inside the original chaps be secure enough, or should I glue them as well? The chaps are not flat or regular by any means, but they are still flexible and softish. How can he preserve the original leather so that it isn’t stained by the oil tanned hide?
  9. Hello all! My dad asked me to make him a pair of chaps. The deal was that he'd buy the materials and I'd do the work. Sorry, but that was a special deal for dad only. This took me about 40 hours to do. All of the pattern/design is my own work. Let me know what you think! I will post some pics of my dad wearing them soon. Thanks for looking! -Ryan
  10. I am looking at getting another machine. I have a heavy stitching machine Cobra Class 4. Now I am looking for one that is more versatile I have used a Cobra Class 20 and really liked it but am also looking at a Juki 1508H I can buy local. I have heard the Juki is a little more versatile. Thoughts?
  11. Rolandranch

    Farrier Chaps

    Here are a pair of chaps I recently finished for my farrier. I made up the design and so far my farrier really likes them!
  12. Torijuela

    Chap Fringe

    I;m making a pair of chaps. I love the twisted fringe look but I'm not quite sure how to get that perfect twist. I've attached a picture of the look I'm trying to accomplish. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  13. MontanaKids

    How To Make Wooly Chaps?

    Hello, I hope everyone is enjoying the winter weather I was wondering if anyone might have any instructions or advice on making a pair of wooly chaps? I've been wanting to make a pair for my husband for a long time. I've been trying to look on the internet for pictures or instructions but I haven't found a whole lot. I've made chinks but never any chaps. I did see a pair of woolies that were made with chap leather (no canvas) and I liked that idea, my husband would rather have leather than canvas he said. So I have chap leather and an angora hide we got from Sheridan Leather. And he'd like to have zippers so I have those too. I think I have about everything to start (hopefully). I'm at a loss on how to make these so if anyone has any advice they'd be willing to share I would really really appreciate it. Do you start with a basic shotgun chap pattern and go from there? Do you glue whole angora hide down to each leg with barge or do you even glue them to the legs? Thanks so much
  14. Hello. I can't seem to be able to attend the various leather shows due to scheduling so I can't attend the classes offerred. So I am looking for an experienced chap and chink maker who would be willing to give me a few days of private instruction on building chaps and chinks. I have made a couple pairs but my mistakes are costly. Thanks.
  15. Hi, I am struggling somewhat on the type of leather to use for making chaps and chinks. I’m interested in 4 to 5 ounce leather that is not too expensive. I have looked at several websites like Hide House and Tandy, but my confusion still exists. I would appreciate any suggestions as to the type of leather that fits the bill. Thanks
  16. George3

    Which Machine?

    Hi everyone, I'm looking at a few different machines to sew 1000 D cordura, heavy canvas etc. Consew 206RB5, Consew P1206RB and Juki DNU1541 The premier 1206 has a better price and auto oiler. Can anyone explain the difference in these machine ? I have an Adler 205-370, is it possible to make this machine sew lighter fabric Softener, that would solve my dilemma and save me a bundle of cash! Thanks in advance, George Unionlevelleather.com
  17. meecesaddlery

    Making Bear Skin Chaps? Any Tips?

    I have received two small bear skin hides from a customer who wants them made into chinks. I have not made any before or woolies so advice would be appreciated. My plan is to make a base from light chap leather and glue and sew the bear skin to it then apply yokes, side pieces, etc. Ones I have seen appeared to be this way as the bear skin did not wrap completely around the leg but stopped at about the inner pant seam line. Does this sound right and would work well? Is there anything else I might not be thinking of that someone who has done this can advise? I do know I will have to shave down the hair under yokes, etc. to glue like with hair on cowhide but there is always little things that come up in new projects. I also attached the 1st yoke I just finished tooling. Still needs dyeing, antiquing, etc. but comments are welcome on it too.
  18. rdl123

    Practice Needed

    So in view of getting back into the groove of leather work (I spend all summer riding / doing outdoor stuff) I have decided to do some practice work first - Meaning building a pair of chinks for a friend. These will be square bottomed, 'buckaroo' style out of a glove tan leather in a tan color. My biggest challenge with leather work is floral tooling. I'm reasonably artistic, however, I have never drawn a floral pattern I really liked. With that being in mind I purchased Cary Schwarz's floral layout and carving DVD's. They are very good and help to understand how to achieve flow etc. I find that its not to hard to draw a flower or a leaf but to get it all to flow in a cohesive pattern is a nightmare...These DVD's have helped quite a bit. For the yokes on these chinks I created a floral pattern - I have one side carved - The design incorporates my friends brand - The '04'. I'm still not very happy with the pattern but it is probably one of the better ones I have come up with to date. Clearly still need practice though. Here is the yoke for the right side. The other reason for building these chinks first is to get the hang of my new Cobra Class 4 Sewing machine a little better - This machine works great - However I have never used sewing machines prior to this - So there is a definite learning curve. R
  19. Are you looking for an experienced leatherworker ? This individual has over 25 years experience in making and designing saddles,chaps,and a wide variety of tack and personal items as well. Is willing to relocate. He has taught leather instruction classes in the US as well as over seas. He has been awarded numerous awards for several different types of saddles,tack,chaps, and belts. He is looking for a full time postion and would also be interested is talking with someone who is looking to expand their business since he has a complete shop which includes a clicker & dies, 20" strap cutter, foot presses, splitter, Adler sewing machine,2 Singer flat bed sewing machines,Artisan sewing machine, Union Lock Stitch sewing machine,Bar Tacker sewing machine,Cinderella wire stapler, punch presses, large inventory of hand tools by Horse Shoe Brand, Barry King, and others. Extensive collection of tooling and stampimg tools by Barry King,Wayne Jueske,Gore Tool, Bob Beard, etc. Patterns for saddles, chaps,halters,headstalls, and too many to list. Some inventory of finished products. Has competed in cutting,team roping,saddle bronc riding, reining,western pleasure,and bull riding so he has a working knowledge of how to produce products that are functional as well as eye appealling. Anyone interested in this individual can contact me for further information. References both personal and professionally will be provided upon request. This could be in once in a life time opportunity to add a person of this quality to your organization.
  20. I am about to finish up my first pair of chaps. I have been trying to decide what to do about the buttons for the pockets. Finally decided to go with leather rolled buttons, but can't find anything that tells how to make or attach them. I would appreciate some help...and maybe a couple photos. Thanks.
  21. I did these for a friends wife. She loves them (thank goodness!) He didn't ask her about color, tooling, or anything he just ordered them. 7/8 oz. tooling leather 4/5 oz Chap Hide from Hide House Sewn on my Cowboy Compound Feed GC628 with 138 thread I oiled the veg tan after tooling and let it sit for a day then sealed with Clear Lac Then I used Fiebings Antique "British Tan" after that dried I sealed with Tan Kote Sorry about photo quality. I'm still trying to master that!
  22. Just finished my first pair of Botas, and I am pleased with the result. Actually I made 2 pairs, and am working on finishing the second pair, at present. I will post some pics of the second pair when I get them finished. I used 6-7oz. top-grain cowhide stained to look nearly identical to elk hide. The pattern I used for both pairs is a modification of one I found posted here in a thread entitled "half chaps or leggings", posted on the forum entitled "patterns and templates". I modified this basic pattern to have a more symmetrical look all the way around, with no overlap/underlap at the heel. This affords a more finished look, and also allows a gap for spurs to protrude out from the heel of the leggings, without interference. The finished product looks great... almost like someone sawed off the bottom half of a pair of full-length, step-in shotgun chaps. My template negates the need to sew on the top "knee flap", which flips up to offer additional protection for the knees while horseback riding. I also added an integral strap to the top of the template, which eliminates the need to sew on an extra strap and buckle for cinching the botas on below the knee. Instead, I sewed Velcro to the top (and strap) for fastening, which is the preferred method of attachment for most English style half chaps, and is a lot more comfortable than having a buckle grinding into the side of your knee. I put my botas to the test, recently. I went horseback riding with my wife, and during the ride, we jumped a mountain creek that runs through a narrow gap between the mountain side and a drop-off. My horse shied away from the drop-off, hugged the mountain, and scraped my lower leg on a tree that was growing out. The botas protected as planned... the whole reason I became interested in making a pair in the first place, (full chaps are too hot to wear in the high desert mountains where we ride). Fortunately the tree didn't damage the botas other than to give them a little authentic "wear" in the form of a minor scuff. Please feel free to comment, critique, or ask questions.
  23. howdy, y'all, I'm Wulf Zeiler. Some folks in the SCA, Kingdom of Ansteorra (Oklahoma & Texas), know me as THL Bjoulf Jahrnhamr, and I've been a leather crafter, bladesmith, and armorer most of my life. About 7 years ago I moved to Australia and got married, and now I'm starting a small custom leather shop here in Adelaide. In my time, I've done it ALL in leather, from saddlemaking to leather combat armor.You name the tool, i've probably made a case for it. Holsters and scabbards, particularly left handed versions, vests, chaps, wallets, belts, handbags, fetish gear, and many others too numerous to list. I've worked at everything in tooling and embossing from Stohlman-style western traditional to customized Celtic knotwork and zoomorphics. I've made cases for cell phones, Ebook readers, saddle bags, tool rolls, moccasins and sandals of all kinds, you name it, I've probably already made one. If I haven't, gove me the details and specs and I'll give it a try. I'm an old school, 'see it in your head, then make it with your hands' crafter, and there's nothing I won't take a shot at. I was born in America, last lived in Jacksonville, FL, and am now a citizen of Australia.
  24. JJs Leatherworks

    Little Kids Chaps

    Looking for suggestions on making pattern for small boys batwing chaps. I have some patterns for adult sizes - though I have yet to make a pair. Unable to visualize them in sizes to fit a 5 and 6 year old. My grandsons would each like a pair for Christmas, so Santa's workshop will be busy, if I can get a starting point. All the leather and hardware is on hand, just need a pattern. Any help, links, or suggestions greatly appreciated. Only three leatherworking days till Christmas!
  25. Jason Chaney

    First Chaps (5 Of 8)

    From the album: Stuff I'm happy enough with to show off

    First attempt at a pair of chaps.