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  1. Hello everybody, After many hours, of sweat, blood (needles into fingers ain't no joke) tears, and a considerable amount of swear words, usually after stabbing my fingers...I 've finished this backpack for myself. The leather used, is a waxy leather called "crazy cow" so hopefully it will be more water resistant. I have changed the original pattern a bit , by removing some of the decoration pieces, made padded shoulder straps, added an extra pocket to the left where it was supposed to be a water bottle holder, made an extra inside pocket, with a D ring to attach keys, added a "grab handle", and added some extra rivets to strengthen the buckle attachments I only started leather work in 2020, so I am still learning. This have been the most challenging project so far, but I am very happy about the results, although I would do some things differently if I get to make another one. Let me know what you think, and obviously any suggestion is appreciated. Cheers Alberto
  2. Hi Everyone, I am pretty new to this and still learning tricks of the trade, honestly the reason I got into it was all because I was searching for a pair of nice pair of soft sole moccasins and couldn’t find ones I like so, I decided I would make my own. My first attempt honestly did not go well I learned a lot about what not to do and things I can do differently second pair was made from pieces of suede I found at hobby lobby, I can’t count how many times I stitched ,unstitched ,modified my pattern and did it again, after about 2 weeks of working on them on and off I was finally done, and I’m pretty sure I work them consistently the entirety of the whole COVID lockdown, my next few pairs were for my girlfriend and at the time 2 children. After wearing them around for sometime people started to show some interest in them and I had a few requests for some custom designs ( side note, I don’t know about you guys but the moment you hand the finished product to the customer is absolutely terrifying, but seeing the reactions when they saw them and put them on was one of the coolest feelings I have ever felt, since then I haven’t had a lot of time but I managed to make a few other pairs I still need to post on to my Reddit which I will link my forum because I have no idea how to get pictures on here haha but any input or advice would be gratefully appreciated, thanks for reading! https://www.reddit.com/r/BessMoccasins/
  3. The Miibo Wallet "For the minimalist with a lot to carry" Please follow me on instagram @upstatehandmade or find something you like on my website with over 20 different custom creations. http://www.upstatehandmade.com
  4. Here is a work in progress for my Wife. It’s been enjoyable to figure out the puzzle and build order. Still trying to find frames to close the ends.
  5. Alta Andina crafts handmade mutli-use rolls. They are for sale on our website: https://altaandina.com/products/ Our tool roll can be used for almost anything. Fits a 12 inch wrench. Each slot can be sized as big or small as needed. Great for woodworking sets, chisel sets, bonsai sets etc. Also works great for paint brushes or art supplies. Our art rolls can also be used for pens and pencils, brushes, etc. We haven't played with putting tools in our art rolls yet, but we'd love to see how you use them! We do all our work by hand. Hand stitching, hand hammered copper rivets, hand burnished with beeswax. All full grain, vegetable tanned leather (quebracho, mimosa blend).
  6. Here is a collar I made for our Dachshund from English bridle. It is a bit over built, but that is how I wanted it. fully lined, including the strap, with 2-3 oz veg tan. Had a bit of trouble with the edge kote sticking. It might be a bad batch.
  7. Leebroox

    My 4th Project

    So I did this recently for my Son for his birthday. I'm new to leather. I started about 4 or 5 months ago. This is my fourth leather project and I am in need of some serious critiques. I struggle most with dyeing and coloring to get the effect or results I want. Any pointers or constructive criticism is very welcomed. Thanks and Cheers, Leland
  8. Here's a fun one I just finished up... My first Avenger style for a revolver. I'm pleased with it-- the finish brought some good character out in the leather. Light brown and dark brown Fiebing's pro oil dye, Ritza 25 1.0mm cream thread. 8/9 oz Hermann Oak veg tan on all pieces. Critiques are welcome, thanks for looking! God bless, Tanner Claridge
  9. A custom wallet I made a while ago. The requirement has been to adapt one of my existing designs to just about fitting Dollar notes unfolded. The wallet is 17cm (6.7") long. For the interested, I've used an aniline colored, Italian, full grain, vegetable tanned, shoulder leather that have been drum dyed. Weight is 4.5-5 ounce (1.8-2mm) all the way through, all hardware is nickel plated brass, including the YKK zipper. The thread is artificial Sinew, everything is saddle stitched by hand. I've used a small Vergez Blanchard awl and a fork as stitch marker (not kidding). roughly 5mm stitching or 5.08 spi. Edges are dyed with a permanent marker pen, and burnished with saddle soap and polished with some wax. The only treatment of the leather have been some final wiping with some Carnauba cream. Although not visible in the pictures, there is a third 'hidden' card pocket in between the main body and the zippered coin department. Hopefully the pictures will inspire someone, but don't copy - don't be lazy and a tool. Instead, try to always do things your own way - that is part of the fun! Cheers.
  10. Hi all! Here is a prototype case I completed this weekend. Still various improvements to be made before I feel comfortable buying nice leather and selling these, but I think things are coming along quite nicely . Materials Blemished vegetable-tanned leather from Tandy (4-5 oz) Ritza 25 0.8mm waxed thread (hand-stitched) Solid brass hardware from Buckleguy
  11. This is my third holster. It is my first attempt at a thumb break. The holster is 6-7 oz. lined/laminated with 4-5 oz. leather. Hand stitched with #207 bonded nylon (cashew color.) It's dyed with Fiebing's Professional Oil Dye (Light Brown), painted into background with a brush. I had a heck of a time with that thumb break! Now I know why a lot of people don't do them. The leather had to be skived down to fit the snap and stiffener, which is buried between the two layers. I skived down a small piece of leather to cover the back of the other part of the snap and protect the finish of the gun. I just didn't want to add the thickness of those plastic covers. It took me way to long, but it was a valuable learning process and is a gift for my dad, so I can justify spending so much time. Thanks to everyone on this forum for all of their help and tips. It is made for a Springfield Loaded 1911, and when I first pulled it out of the holster, the front sight was scraping out leather, so I remolded it with a sight channel. Now it works great! Not quite the retention of my last holster, but with the thumb break, I figure it's not that much of an issue. It can hold the loaded gun upside down, but will fall out if I shake it too much. So, thank you to everyone for your advice and tips. If you have any suggestions for my next one, please do tell. I'm about to start on another thumb break holster for a Colt Delta Elite 10mm. I welcome the criticism and have a thick hide. Ha, ok...dad humor. (I'm sure no one has ever said that one here before.) In case you were wondering, here are the links to my last two. Like I said, I have learned a lot from everyone here.
  12. Full image process here. Warning: Image album is 94 image of the entire process! So this is a bit of something different... I figured it warranted being posted here since it is made from an awesome pair of old shoes. The Backstory Someone on StyleForum messaged me and asked if I had ever made any wallets from old pairs of shoes. I told him I hadn't but I'd be willing to give it a shot but couldn't guarantee any results. He sent the shoes off and they arrived last night. Initially seeing the shoes, I didn't think I'd be able to make anything from them beyond a lanyard due to the limited space of "clean" shell. After thinking about it, I decided to get crafty and use anything I could. The Shoes He sent me a pair of size 7 vintage Alden 986 Leisure Handsewn #8 Shell Cordovan Loafers. The markings on the inside indicate these are from a year ending in 4. Based on their wear and use, I'd guess they are from either 1994. Could be 2004 or even earlier too -- it's just a guess. These had a ton of wear but are built like bricks. Deconstruction I wanted to check out the interior components so I ripped off the heel and started removing the uppers from the sole. It was cool to check out the steel shank and all the cork on the inside. The Process Luckily I have my cutting dies and 4 ton clicking press otherside this would have been significantly more difficult and messy. Removing the uppers was as easy as cutting along the bottom as close to the sole as I could with an Xacto blade. I messed around with a few different components for the card holder including using the folded portions of the upper near the top of where you put your foot in, but that ended up being way too thick so I had to rethink my plan. Burnishing, beveling and sanding were all the same process so that wasn't too difficult. The edges were tough because the shell had rolls in it from use but it ended up working out. Piercing all the holes and hand stitching was just like normal too -- actually probably easier because the shell was so soft. The result turned out a lot better than I expected. I think they are kind of a cool tribute to the Alden 986 and will allow the customer to have this repurposed item to use for many years to come. In terms of time, this took *significantly* longer than doing a normal card holder just because the deconstruction took awhile and making sure different parts were getting glued down properly. From start to finish, it probably took me around 2.5 hours. If I were to do it again in the future, it'd probably only take around 1.5 hours since I know a bit more of what I was doing this time. It was a fun side project -- maybe I can do something like this in the future.
  13. Hey guys! Just wanted to share a custom order I just completed. Never really posted to the Show Off! forum but I really loved making this! Everyone knows that super awesome feeling after finishing something that has been created from Veg Tan to completed!
  14. My first knife sheath made from some off cuts I had kicking about. Should stop the blade blunting in my toolbox I hope. Any thoughts would be appreciated as I am still very new to this game !
  15. I set out to make a strap for my black SG and this is what I came up with…….. It pained me to dye it black as the carving/tooling detail almost disappeared in the black. I had my mind set on black with white stitching, the studs were an after thought. I have tried the studs on a few cuffs and was going to add them to a strap sooner or later. My daughter told me it is very cool and asked where I got the patern for the studs. I told her it was just what came to me when I started placing them in the open areas, she was impressed. This is the first time I have done a wide border on a strap and happy with the out come. This is a cut to length strap that is meant for one guitar and is really nice without the extra clutter of length adjustment detail. I used 9-10 oz leather with 3-4oz deertan cow for lining, this makes for a substantial strap. The strap locks can be a challenge to get on as you run out of neck on the collar that goes through the strap button hole. I had my machinist friend make me a punch to compress the leather at the mounting area, makes it just thin enough to get the nut on to tighten it down. you can see the compressed leather in the first couple pics. I know the celtic and studs are a different mix, but I think being black it makes it ok. It looks very sharp on the guitar. Thanks for looking Allan
  16. Here's my latest project; a medium sized beltbag for my local optician lady-of course it needed a built in pocket for her glasses! ;-)
  17. So my dad asked me what I wanted for my birthday and my answer was a side of tooling leather….. The result was a side of light weight saddle skirting(13oz). I told him I would make him a belt with it and he could have anything he wanted, it started simple but then I gave him some options. He collected coins and these conchos were similar to some he collected years back. This belt was not as blingy as my daughters but it ended up with more tooling than hers. Here is the result…...
  18. I bet you wont find any like it It actually looks pretty cool and have had good feedback on it. Have been lazy and not been posting anything lately….
  19. This is a strap I made my brother for his birthday(after the one I made him for x-mas), he gave me some ideas on what he would like. one of the things he asked was about getting a copy of his tattoo on the strap and making it multi color. This is what I came up with….. I would like to try spraying on the clear super sheen at the end to avoid the dyes mixing, but I don't mind how it turned out. Allan
  20. I started off by having a strap made for me 8 months ago by a well respected maker. I had spent almost two years looking on his website and finally justified the cost. I really like quality and craftsmanship, I was not disappointed. I have always been good working with my hands and thought I could do this if I had the tools. A couple weeks later I showed my bff the strap and he immediately stated that I should be making these as he felt this kind of work was right up my alley. This was the added bump I needed to take the plunge. So now at this point I was 5-6 straps in really only for my own guitars and the fun of it(just proving to my self I could do it). I run a menswear store and have a tailor shop in the back, I brought a few straps to show my tailor and other staff my hobby. My UPS driver stops for his daily checkin and he sees the straps and says I should take them to a local guitar builder. I state that it is just a hobby and I am not looking to turn it into business, he reluctantly accepts my answer. Up till now I have been getting a lot of urging from family and friends to start selling these, my response has been who is crazy enough to pay $250 plus for a guitar strap. My family has politely pointed out…. YOU DID. A couple weeks later my UPS guy comes in as usual and says that he has talked to the guitar guy. I am to take my straps to show him as he is interested. So I take my straps to show the guitar guy stating I am not sure why I am there as I am not looking to start a business. Turns out he likes them and wants me to make a few and he will hang them in his shop. If he sells them he would take 30% for consignment. I said that the whole point of making a custom strap is to get to work with me and pick all the details, otherwise a person might as well buy a good strap at a store for way less. I decided this was not how I wanted to sell straps if I was to sell them at all. As we were finishing our talk he stated that he really liked them and that he liked to support local business as that is how he makes a living(he builds acoustic guitars). We came up with a strap idea and he stated that he had a friend that he knew would want one. So here are my first commissioned works. This is a modified version of his logo, a challenge to get the narrow font and no room for glaring mistakes as you only get one chance here(I did one practice go on a coaster). This keeper was added later. This cord keeper was also added with the new strap keeper. This is the strap his friend and I came up with. Before:) After… still needs end pin hole. They loved them and were happy to part with there money….. Kinda like when I got mine. I hope this is not too many pictures or too many words, as I know when I read other posts I like to see the details. Allan
  21. My first guitar strap, first hand sewing, what do you guys think? I had one made for me and decided I could do it too… Allan.
  22. Hi all, This is my first proper stab at a 2 pen case, based on a Piquadro case with notepad. All hand-stitched. The only thing I wasn't particularly happy with the was the back-stitching - which is a bit too obvious (shown in the final image). Any suggestions/comments/questions welcome. Thanks, Ed
  23. Hey all, I finally got around to taking some new pics of my insanely popular card wallet with money clip (I REALLY need to give this thing a good, proper name!) Anyway, just showing off! lol! 4/5 oz veggie, waxed nylon thread, saddle stitched. Cheers, Andy
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