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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Bodean, Mar 17, 2016.
Hah good one, didn't think of it like that. But it does.
Stuart thought I may could show some simpler work. I thought i had shown pictures of this one, but I guess I didn't. This one was done for the pastor of our church for his birthday, a gift from my son to him. A bit of weathered look with some cross conchos.
That's amazing craftsmanship Bodean. You're a very talented man you must have the patience of a saint.
Thank you for the compliment. I have patience for selective things. Not all things.
I have dabbled very little in leatherwork, but I did try vinegaroon one time. It's excellent for making jet black leather that never fades. I made a little ukelele strap.
I actually have done that too. I didn't watch that video, but I added hydrogen peroxide to my white vinegar and steel wool mix. It was ready in an hour. Turned the leather jet black. I was amazed how it works. I learned the peroxide trick helps speed up the rusting of the wool. I still use Fiebings pro leather dye for some stuff.
Late to the party Bodean, my loss for not spotting it sooner. Truly outstanding work. When's the IPO?
Initial Public Offering? Now that's funny.
Hobby gone wild.
Sell one or two of those a year and the hobby leads to...
It really is very beautiful work.
I'm away at the moment but I did want to stop in and thank Bodean for his great work on my strap. I'll put up a proper NSD thread with pics when I'm back next week but I thought I'd post a little teaser. I'm not showing the best part of the strap either.
Incredible work my friend! I can't thank you enough.
Thanks Mouse, I can't wait for you to get it. Enjoy your vacation.
And another strap begins, this one is going to be done for our buddy in the UK s5tuart(Stuart). It's going to be a nice beefy 4 inch strap.
It starts with a template to get everything the way it needs to be before cutting the leather.
Next the adjustment strap is cut out. Since this is such a large strap I went with a 3 inch collar with a 2 inch adjustment strap. Cut them out and they were sewn together.
Then I punched the slit for the strap to pass through. I saved a piece of the tree I cut down this weekend to use for this. Comes in handy.
Then the end of the adjustment strap is trim and shaped.
Since it is such a wide strap and thick strap, I wanted to use a separate thinner piece of leather on the end of the main strap. It will make it a tad easier to get it over the strap buttons, plus give the strap some shape. it will later be sewn on to the main strap.
The main strap was cut from the 4 inch piece of leather and shaped on the end to accept the tail piece. And holes were punched for the adjustment strap.
Next will be putting the design on, the hard part lol.
After a few consultation emails here is a peek at what s5tuart and I came up with for the final design, and colors.
Minus the rivets. I did this on a small sample piece of leather to show how it would look.
I have to say at the outset how easy it is to work with you. In fact, you did ALL the work and I just sat this side of the Atlantic nodding and being blown away by the whole concept of a completely hand made, bespoke and beautifully unique strap! Thanks man! I can't wait to see the next stages.
To do this for folks like you that I may never get to meet in life is something I can't put into words. I will have a piece of my work, that is like a piece of me, traveling to places I probably will never be able to go. Kind of mind blowing. I appreciate the honor of doing this for you.
Wow! What lovely words!!!
I may not have too many playing years left in me, but this is also an heirloom for my little Grandson (who hopefully will play) so it will travel in time too and be around for a very long time, at least to the 22nd century!
To quote Buzz Lightyear
To infinity and beyond. LOL.