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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

 

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WOW!!  You never fail to impress. I see nothing I'd change, even the braid and bar grounding look good, especially for a first try

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Wow! Really nice! Did you use a lifter under the flower petals and leaves?

Great Sheridan style design work, background work, and knife work.

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Roland you are one of the truly gifted.

Edited by plinkercases
spelling as usual...

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Really nice job. Especially on the carving. Your skills have improved greatly in a relatively short period of time.

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I'd say you've got it down to an art.  Congrats!

YinTx

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Stunning work......

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Very nice Ryan, the tote is incredible!  It is far beyond my capabilities.  

For the sake of a critique there is one thing that draws my eye away from the beautiful carving.  It is the lacing, especially at the corners as they are not covered well.  Maybe you could go through the 3 holes around the corner twice using a flatter and wider lace.  Another option is to use a double loop lacing or Mexican round braid as I think it would help set off your braided handles.  

Anyway, great work as always!!

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Ya dun good, Kid.  Agin. ;)

Couple things I mighta dun differnt, but then it aint my show!  Overall I think it looks purdy darn good - including the bar grounderin'.

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You do consistently great work.  You can go as far as you want in leather work.

 

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Wow... that is beautiful work... Love it:)

Is it Natural or did you use and Dye or Antiquing?  How did you finish it?

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I' m once again blown out of the water by your work!

Letting the corners peak out of the lacing makes the bag speak to the future owner: "Don't be shy, give it to me, I want to take in all your groceries!"

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Lookin' great... once again!

-Bill

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Ditto what Plink said...

Good grief...that's a pleasure to behold!

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Wow!  That's absolutely beautiful!

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Yeah man, you got the knack fuh sho! Beautiful yet again Ryan!

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Woah, that was a lotta work, and nice too!

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Very impressive work. Carving looks great and very detailed.

The only thing that cuts the eye a little is the fleecy edge of the lacing. But this is a question for the material, but not for the master.

Once again - your work is admirable!

Edited by ABHandmade

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My goodness, Roland. That is Superb.

You, my boy, are well on your way to becoming a sought after high paid crafter.

That is beautiful. I am so blown away.

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Yeah, what they said! Great carving design, too!

Jeff

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Returning for the umpteenth time, I wish I could reach your level of craftsmanship one day!

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Very very nice work Ryan!!!

Which bar grounders did you use.? I’m wanting to get some myself.

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Magnificent work, young man!!
I can't even imagine what you'll be able to do by the time you reach the "old fart" status of many of us ;)

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