Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tooling is Done

I finished the tooling on the first of two inserts.  All I have to do is personalize this one and proceed with the second insert.

Traveling Mug Insert

I have cased my leather piece using a solution of cold water and 'pro-carve.'  I took my pattern and transfered it onto my leather.  Now time to bust out the swivel knife and get cracking....or in this case....cutting!

Monday, March 21, 2011

New Swivel Knife Holsters

Here are two new designs for swivel knifes.  The larger one is for a 1/2" and the smaller one is for 3/8" knife.

Skate Bag Side #2

Well, side #2 is done!  Everything my customer wanted.  A skull with a bow, her name and one word to describe herself.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Almost Done!

Side one is done with the tooling.  Now on to side #2 before I dye them.

Bevelling & Flower Centers Done

The bevelling is complete along with the flower centers and shading.  Now for the backgrounding etc....

New Roper Wallet completed

Here is a wallet that I just finished to honor my friendship with Big Papa Leather.   I don't normally do projects like this but I couldn't pass up this awesome looking leather I found.  Everything is hand made including the interiors, stitching and lacing.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Skate Bag Side #1 Cut Out

I transferred the pattern and checked all areas twice before removing the pattern.   I then stroped my swivel knife on white jewelers rouge and began my quest to cut all lines.   Success!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Liner and Internal Guts Ready

I have glued the liner on.  I also cut, measured and prepared the internal 'guts' (pockets).  Now, off to sew the pockets and zipper.

Pattern Design is Done!

The skate bag design pattern is done for side one.  The opposite side will have a name and skull with a pink bow.  On to the carving!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Project for My Daughter

My daughter needs a new skate thought why not make her one!.  Here is a preliminary drawing of the exterior side.  Stay tune!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Cut & Skived!

Here is the piece that I chose to use.  Since it is out of the norm for me since there is no tooling involved, it took me a while to figure out what design I wanted to use.  I laid out my pattern and drew a pen marking of the final size.  I the cut the piece out leaving about 1/2 inch all around.  Using my pen marking, I used my C.S. Obsorne skiving knife and just inside the line, I started skiving the leather outward to a paper thin size (I have to thank Peter Main) for showing me how to properly skive leather.  Now to the corners so they fold properly and then a stiffener.

A Prospective Wallet Back

I found this great piece of chrome tan in a rust brown color.  I thought it would be a great wallet back for a roper wallet.  Stay tune.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Thank You Gifts

I completed some thank you gift for others who have helped me in this craft.  This one has a piece of rust color Ostrich leather.

Iphone Case Completed.........Check!

I am finally done with the case and ready to send out to its new owner!  I hope they enjoy it.

New Stitching Horse

Here is my new Stallion benchtop stitching horse.  Wood work cutting done by Clay Miller.  A Man of many trades!  I am not done working some issues out to include a base for it to work on my couch.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

New Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal

If you don't subscribe should.  This is a very informative magazine for the leather world.  In the new issue on page 18 is an article that I wrote on a picture frame mat.  Take a look.

Friday, March 4, 2011

New Custom Clay Miller Tools

Here is a sample of my new custom tools from Clay Miller Tools.  I had a flower shader made that was tilted to provide some form in my "rays" from the center flower out towards the petals.  The tool on the right is my bud seeder/shader.  This is a modified tool that resembles the old Craftool #363.  This is a small one, but I suspect that I will have two larger sizes made.  I think Clay and I have a winner here especially at the price.  Check out his tools on Facebook.

iPhone Case Update

The case has received it belt or bag tab and interior liner.  I left both of these leather in natural state to show more of the two-tone colors.  Now to the side tabs, stitching and finally the edges.