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  1. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Feb 13, 2022

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    7995E260-4774-454A-ABB5-72A1FA93153B.jpeg Latest watch roll, in natural leather with a bit of burnishing and painted edges. Subtle green thread. Not as soft as the brown one from a couple weeks ago but it will soften up. Lots of rivets and small pieces! 688D25AC-2B4C-4531-8565-F5101802C7BE.jpeg 83DDB494-77E0-4B0D-9695-0A134F817F6C.jpeg A5F269A4-857B-45A6-84B4-76EB8A433873.jpeg 8A1C2754-D5F3-4F0D-A881-582860116F1F.jpeg 825A1A47-D2BC-4844-8316-1A0C5946BC1C.jpeg 6294CE41-9EBB-473B-BD86-D1CCE546F58A.jpeg A8F1F314-BFCF-4E29-8719-C53BFEA0D514.jpeg E634BAA3-C4DB-456D-9F96-A675FEC2C6FB.jpeg
     
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  2. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Feb 13, 2022

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    Sonofabti#@h, you integrated a loupe and spring bar tools into your watch roll design ::psy:: Nice work! The wood grain is pretty sweet too. Congrats
     
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  3. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Feb 14, 2022

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    I made a couple of fixed lug straps. Learning as I go. I used my Waltham and made them 13 mm wide. The first one has the wide cuff. I tried to use a rough looking leather and kept my stitching about the same colour. Looks good. The strap could be about an inch shorter but it still fits. The other strap I made was a two piece and I used staples. Since my strap is so narrow, I could have rotated the staple 90 degrees on the tail side to facilitate stitching. It still worked. This was an experiment so I did that 90 degree rotation for the buckle piece. Stitching was easier. It was easy to attach to the fixed lugs. I used a screwdriver to push the leather down (vintage screwdriver looks cooler but not required). I then folded the staples down. I like this also. The strap that goes under the watch is one layer of leather. The other has two and is thicker. 449A7449-A661-46D6-B567-43591B0B75DB.jpeg 2894257F-B26B-44E4-9DEA-2DAEA58835E1.jpeg F0517178-247E-47FC-8CA7-6404C41FDFA9.jpeg 31B9D54B-46D5-4FDC-8106-396546763E8B.jpeg 3BBF91D7-BD42-4167-873A-FBDCCF330FB2.jpeg E5A50C2C-C1E6-4D5E-ABBE-5DC30E48E8E8.jpeg 252CF2CD-C39E-4631-B2ED-428F6830CE83.jpeg 345079E3-5032-4066-BCA2-83B4FACC9B02.jpeg FA9B5D65-F025-4D5B-AF49-A862FCE001FC.jpeg 16035397-7F6E-41AE-B46E-D258CF705C68.jpeg DE473215-962D-4A6C-8C25-AD84200E0800.jpeg 55AE25FD-D207-4116-A47A-83B2B977ADD9.jpeg 6558BD30-08D9-49C6-A9CF-386219BD4E65.jpeg 6B1DA3CD-D2B6-49F8-A46B-C04820BD915B.jpeg 8647FDD5-DADF-47EB-9EDD-54BBC881098F.jpeg EAF588B7-F836-43F8-B5E6-D219FE1FC414.jpeg 34EB7712-AF6A-4B32-B5E0-58675D360F31.jpeg 418F8C2A-E120-428C-8169-65219FE08DA7.jpeg 0326A84C-82DC-400A-A5B0-9E2608CB89C0.jpeg 331526BD-383E-49E0-A6DC-152F6C0F82A3.jpeg D1D10A39-E364-4B8F-9F2E-9A6DC7C596C8.jpeg 0C26B018-2DD5-4765-B5FF-C980467A9869.jpeg E665D805-99EA-4929-8B60-8EBED6FA0F1B.jpeg 6E635495-7CD6-42E9-B5A3-10DC65554FC5.jpeg 9BC06E87-3D45-46D4-AD89-F71677ACF4B1.jpeg 059D5A7B-7FB2-41E5-B36A-F3BF2A3296A6.jpeg 55D8A28A-F76E-4203-8A96-C5FB53666830.jpeg 869EB2BA-AE8C-4ABA-B155-CD39DF74470B.jpeg 16C9341E-3AD8-4450-A99E-221DE4B7085E.jpeg
     
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  4. LesXL Feb 14, 2022

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    This thread is just damn... :eek::eek:::love:::) ... In that order
     
  5. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Mar 10, 2022

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    Today was an adventure that I hope will never be tested. Look, I am no Brain Scientist or Rocket Surgeon (wink wink) and this may have been a useless exercise but it was fun anyway. I’ve had this fire retardant document bag for a while and it’s been falling apart - fraying at the edges and becoming pretty useless. A8248D46-23CF-4DDC-BAF4-3DDF01D0E9A3.jpeg I also had this old deer skin, so I decided to make a two-watch pouch lined with the fire retardant material. I suppose it would help if inside a 30 minute fire resistant safe, but the crystal and other parts of the watch would likely melt, right? 4A99600D-545B-4E3B-9FF2-FDE69053DA07.jpeg CFB1216B-8486-4B31-9048-3A4233B68B53.jpeg 73685693-DD6F-46F0-A50D-B647C205E652.jpeg My Adler 30 sewing machine made easy work of two layers of deer hide but I was not convinced that it would handle four, so I used rivets to fold and hold the front compartments together. 84981C46-0364-427E-87A4-327917E80677.jpeg B0AB98BF-23C4-4EAC-AA94-31F757D553DE.jpeg The rivets made the compartments too tight, so I removed them with this monster. 08CA2C5D-3418-4FE9-943C-A5F43AD2EB21.jpeg Now I have glued the sides of the compartments and used heavy waxed thread in the rivet holes. Perfect prototype! Gonna make one more! E5AE85E7-67B9-4F02-996D-9262D0799AEE.jpeg B195F3D3-9F5A-4276-9F9B-589DD04DD737.jpeg F97E332A-6376-46BB-AF0F-265EC991978F.jpeg
     
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  6. M'Bob Mar 10, 2022

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    Beautiful! You’ve outdone yourself yet again…
     
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  7. JwRosenthal Mar 10, 2022

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    When are you gonna set it on fire?
    ::popcorn::
     
  8. Scarecrow Boat Burt Macklin, FBI Mar 10, 2022

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    I feel honored to have received this strap from @Duracuir1 after failing to be fast enough so many times before. This has quickly become one of my favorite straps. The craftsmanship is on point and the leather is so soft and has aged really well. Along with the strap was a hand written note giving me the history and approximate age of the leather, which is from the palm of a baseball glove. This UG was a tool watch for the Italian railways in the mid 60's. This strap, of similar age, pairs so well with it and I really enjoy knowing it was made from a purposeful tool for a purposeful tool. Did I say how well this leather has aged? Dare I say... it fits like a glove ::rimshot::

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  9. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Apr 2, 2022

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    Okay, I found a nice old ball glove at a thrift shop today. I’ve looked everywhere, but can’t find the will to cut this charming old glove up! Would a liberal coating of tequila help?

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  10. JwRosenthal Apr 2, 2022

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    That is a nice old ball glove. I still have mine from high school (outfielders glove) that I still use whenever anyone wants to throw with me.
     
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  11. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Apr 3, 2022

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    You’re not helping…
     
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  12. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Apr 17, 2022

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    Latest projects. 19 mm strap from an old baseball glove’s inner palm. BACFFBF3-A111-4C98-A325-E9004A034011.jpeg I used a 90 year old saddle to make a strap for a ww1 era watch. Looks like it’s been on there since 1916. 40DF35F2-43E0-42D8-8A1F-CA00606A5257.jpeg F058FA97-9EA3-44B8-9C19-8818101388D6.jpeg I had never heard of « bushcraft » before but some of my colleagues wear these huge belts with snaps and rings and a hatchet and go hang out in the woods. I had to google it to make this latest creation. A pouch for some kind of « tin » is under construction. This belt is huge and it is apparently worn loose. I’ve never heard of this and grew up in the smallest of small villages in N.B. Reminds me of Mad Jack in Grizzly Adams. 987AFF5B-E48E-4D47-9E6C-8D6229452790.jpeg 9FB18B3E-C3A0-4A39-913A-4DD3B3F0F44F.jpeg 143ADEF7-49C8-4E6B-98C6-133F89CEB530.jpeg 1DDE0337-BC45-4AF6-A709-60B6B7453EE7.jpeg 1A5A2CF6-5685-45E5-8541-17AFAF392398.jpeg E441D2CF-AA05-4A47-ABD6-9389E615B42E.jpeg 83F3006A-B69D-40B7-89ED-E281FEA4CD57.jpeg FC421D1A-4150-42A0-9716-1594670425CB.jpeg 8D26B847-8C05-4E0F-98D3-45F8D926D03E.jpeg
     
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  13. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Jun 15, 2022

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    Before… 2CD1C085-25E7-4634-B7E0-91F9FC0991D7.jpeg and after. No cats were injured during this creation. 78CF41C6-0524-4C7B-958A-CC3E93B0A931.jpeg F934D0A4-EEAC-43F3-99DD-3FB8A9A1E408.jpeg 97D2ECD5-6716-4299-BD11-05A24EC80D58.jpeg
     
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  14. Canuck Jun 15, 2022

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    You could branch out and start to make fire retardant pantie liner as well, if you know what I mean.
     
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  15. Scarecrow Boat Burt Macklin, FBI Jun 15, 2022

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    Wow! ::love:: That is a very good looking bag, Steve.
     
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  17. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Jun 15, 2022

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    Fred, I made a similar one in 2018 and used an old kids backpack for reference. They were like cardboard back then. I made it with much better leather. It’s about 14 inches wide by about 18 high, I think. I took the original one on my recent road trip and my friend wanted one. For reference, here are the two bags with a football. New one ships tomorrow. I hand stitched everything and to be honest, there is no money to be made here, it’s more of a piece of art. About a hundred hours spent hand stitching, and $350 in material. This has been more of a relaxing pass time.

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  18. JwRosenthal Jun 15, 2022

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    It’s amazing how much people don’t realIze what goes into hand crafted goods, even in a more industrial scale. I have several pairs of custom made work boots (made based on my foot measurements and on the last of my choosing), and people balk when I tell them what they cost.
    Then I ask them two questions:
    How many pairs of “cheap” work boots have you gone through in the last 10 years?

    How much is your time worth?
     
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  19. Faz Jun 15, 2022

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    Absolutely on point. And additionally, how does something thing handcrafted and made from the heart make you feel? I’ve had similar debates with fellow musicians about my guitars.
     
  20. M'Bob Jun 15, 2022

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    One of the questions I have is whether the younger generations will appreciate hand-crafted goods like those beautiful pieces above…or are they too focused on their technology to appreciate what goes into generating something like that?
     
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