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  1. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Jan 19, 2020

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    Very nice! I use some of the same tools, and buy some old ones whenever I find them. Old blades sharpen well with a barber’s strop or even with a piece of leather and polishing rouge. Great hobby! I finished the (above) speedy strap this morning and had fun with some experimenting. Trying to see how much I can pad an 18 mm snake strap! D79C54DB-581E-4437-A2C0-3A0F748142C4.jpeg 4CCDF3CC-9B4E-492A-AC99-D0201CB920C9.jpeg 839BB4E6-E74A-40F9-9F3C-DE23E82449C3.jpeg 4E495100-0037-438E-98E9-EDA1293FCC96.jpeg 19AE5646-CDEF-45D4-8A02-29302A45CEB7.jpeg
     
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  2. osc Jan 19, 2020

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    Nice! That's a ton of padding - how thick did you go? Does it bend well around the wrist?

    I hear you on the strop and jewellers rouge - I find that one hobby (leathercrafting) then leads to another (knife sharpening) and then leads to another and another.... :)
     
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  3. Canuck Jan 19, 2020

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    David,

    That is the idea. The braid I have in mind is one piece of leather with a loop at each end, and braid in the middle. I think the one you are showing has a separate loop attached at the one end. I have had that type of braided pocket watch strap with braid in the middle, and a separate loop attached at each end. Useless. I’d even be happy with a braided center section and an integral tongue at each end with a dome fastener, to form the loops.. But it must be one piece of leather.
     
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  4. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Jan 20, 2020

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  5. osc Jan 20, 2020

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    Yep - I've ordered from them a few times, including those straps you mention. Great deal for cordovan instead of having to buy the whole piece :thumbsup:
     
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  6. Edwinowl Jan 21, 2020

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    I did have a go a few years back and even had my own owl stamp made, sadly was just a fad and I sold my stuff mainly old ammo pouches which started to get quite pricey in the end
     
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  7. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Jan 26, 2020

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    I found a six foot long 9076E02B-6CBE-442F-BC02-6DF9FB56CDEF.jpeg 325120AF-2C2D-4939-B8F3-C94C0BB3BE5C.jpeg snake skin at an antique store. It was black. A good excuse to make some black straps!!!
     
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  8. osc Jan 26, 2020

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    Cool find!! Those straps are looking real nice :thumbsup:
     
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  9. osc Jan 27, 2020

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    We should organize a watch strap trade. Maybe put in requested dimensions and colour of watch and then let it be a 'secret Santa' type ballot.
     
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  10. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Jan 28, 2020

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    Complete. Once I decide on correct buckles I will add the hole(s). Underneath is an old pair of green suede chaps. Some of the leather is well worn, some is like new. It will make for some nice projects. Cost? $24! F2184727-D7FA-422E-BC92-F900DBACD2CF.jpeg
     
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  11. JwRosenthal Feb 2, 2020

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    @Duracuir1 was kind enough to send me the Speedy strap- I had been looking for a good rally strap for my Speedmaster for some time- perfectly perforated and the grey stitch is a great match to the dial text & indices. 328015FA-53C2-4A73-97AE-97B36419B760.jpeg 3E0D924A-A687-47E0-BD57-C9BA0579F19C.jpeg 1FCD283D-0A90-41B0-9D30-518DA88C4E77.jpeg D3B5A4F2-A059-4523-BE34-CC48AE35BD4E.jpeg
     
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  12. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Feb 8, 2020

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    The last snake purse I bought was $3. They are not that desirable. But I recently picked up a leather bag for $15. It was in pieces. I restitched it. The only addition is the handle. I made the handle with the same leather that I used for my Tudor strap. Sometimes things are worth saving. B614CA21-86F7-46ED-9C74-AF7644724376.jpeg E6A49C32-BA36-4CBE-A561-98AD3C58DA2F.jpeg 10F3B673-2ECF-42ED-8610-85E58357697B.jpeg 9B66EA13-784B-4F5F-897D-4E9C222C4D6D.jpeg
     
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  13. JwRosenthal Feb 8, 2020

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    Think of all the straps you could make from that armchair! ;)
     
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  14. osc Feb 8, 2020

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    Not an Omega but made a new croc strap to accompany my Stowa.
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  15. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Feb 16, 2020

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    Hi folks! Well, here is my first leather project off of the bench. I surprised myself wanting to make a pocket watch lanyard first, vs a wrist strap. The heart wants what the heart wants, I guess.

    Step 1: Look at a bunch of pictures of lanyards online then treat the project like I treat most recipes - get a general idea of how it should look and then say “Whatever, I can make this easier/better/quicker my own way”. Then, agonize/enjoy thinking through a prototype

    Step 2: I start with some lacing, skive it down half width and glue two pieces back to back, so I had two finished sides, instead of one rough one. Then, make cuts for a mystery braid.

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    Step 3: Watch this mystery braid video 20 times (
    ), scream, then watch this one twice (
    ), finally figuring out the process relatively easily

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    Step 4: install a button stud for the first time - pause to feel accomplished :)

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    For attaching the lanyard to your belt
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    Step 5: realize I haven’t fully thought through the watch end yet, and decide I’d like to install a snap to finish that end, but I can’t get to the supply store until next Saturday :oops:

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    Apologies for those of you who are eating dinner and didn’t expect to see my butt. ;)

    Making these lanyards with pre-fab braids would be thinner and faster/easier, but I think I’ll like the heft of this in the long run.

    Thanks to @Duracuir1 for the inspiration from this thread :thumbsup:

    Question for the hive mind. I was tormented by the leather/ruler wiggling away while I was cutting (taking 3 light passes with the knife, so being gentle with the pressure). Weaver leather sells non-slip tape to line your rulers with, but shipping to Canada is $38US for $4.80 worth of tape. The tape must hold a project secure, but not mark leather, any ideas for alternates or Canadian suppliers? Thanks in advance
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  16. osc Feb 16, 2020

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    On the most finicky, best way I found was to mark the line I am about to cut and then use a skiving knife to cut (or push down perpendicular to the leather on the line). Something like this: https://www.rmleathersupply.com/col...-knife-razor-sharp-made-in-japan-leather-tool. Tandy ones aren't sharp enough out of the box in my opinion.

    Alternatively, if you have a steady hand, a really sharp utility knife and can keep the leather from bending, you could also use the utility knife.
     
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  17. Canuck Feb 16, 2020

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    David,

    That is exactly what I had in mind when I first mentioned a pocket watch lanyard done with Mystery braid! I like it!
     
  18. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Feb 17, 2020

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    Thank you OSC. Nice that RockyMountain sell a left handed knife as well
     
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  19. Duracuir1 Never Used A Kodak Feb 18, 2020

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    I finally gave the snake band with extreme padding to my jeweller. It bends nicely and the big man loves it!
     
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  20. DaveK Yoda of Yodelers Mar 22, 2020

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    A while back I was at a thrift shop and picked up this nice wood display case for a corkscrew & wine-stopper kit for $3.99. The corkscrew and wine-stoppers were of surprisingly crap quality, and went in the trash. The case though, this is what I was after, and it was easily 10x superior in quality to the contents. And this is weird, who sells a crap product but puts it in a nice box? Anyway, I’m glad they did. I got home and put the case in the freezer for a few weeks, as I do with anything else that I drag home from a thrift shop.

    Wait... what ::screwloose::

    A bit of backstory. Vancouver is a lovely place, and so many people want to live here. Unfortunately, bed bugs also love it here, in vast numbers. They come for the sunsets, lattes and yoga pants, I suppose. With that, all 2nd-hand acquisitions get the deep freeze, just to be safe. :thumbsup:

    Anywho, with much more spare time on my hands lately, I pulled the case out of the freezer and set to repurposing it to house my small, sharp, and pricey leather working tools. With a bit of time, a razor and some pluck-foam, I was very happy with the results :)

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    After

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    And next, a silverwear box will become home to other bits and tools

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    Keep entertained and healthy everyone
     
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