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  1. Duracuir1

    Duracuir1 May 20, 2020

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    Note: When new straps are available they are at the end or near the end of this thread.

    I make these straps purely as a hobby, so there are no strings attached and no hidden agenda here.

    Once you get your strap, post a photo of it here, and if you are inspired, make a small donation to your favorite cause (homeless shelter, animal shelter, church, etc...) no need to divulge how much you donated, but it would be nice to know who benefitted.

    To make the straps I used the palm piece of an old Cooper Weeks (company name until 1971, so a pretty old piece of leather) glove. It has taken quite a patina and is extremely soft.

    DB19F37A-01EE-4B8A-827C-377781105D31.jpeg The straps are lined with new leather and are not perfect. If you are looking for perfection, buy one from a pro. I have been making these for quite a few years now, and this is simply my way of relaxing. So...here are a few photos. You will see that there are five straps. I have numbered them from 1 to 5. 1 and 2 are 20mm with 18 mm buckle end; 3 to 5 are 18 mm with 16 mm buckle end.

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    Instructions...

    1) Send me a PM with your choice 1 to 5. I will respond tomorrow. I will ship to you once I punch the holes...
    2) If you get one, I will ask that you post here (I will send you a pic to post) so that we know it is no longer available.
    3) Once you receive your strap, post a photo of it with your watch and if you made a donation to one of your local organizations or charities, let us know. We don’t need to know the amount.

    Again, no hidden motive here, other than knowing that most of us on this forum are or appear to be doing well. I will gladly change the caption of this thread if any of you wish to join in with other ideas to spread a bit of positive energy around the world...
     
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  2. 8100_RPM

    8100_RPM May 20, 2020

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    Those straps look great! I'm sure the lucky, new owners will be thrilled.
     
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  3. DaveK

    DaveK Yoda of Yodelers May 20, 2020

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    Nice! ::love::

    I have a free strap coming from @Alpha, so I’ll sit this one out, sadly. What a great place this forum is
     
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  4. Woops

    Woops May 21, 2020

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    Bravo and what a lovely gesture. Sometimes I can barely CHANGE a strap on modern spring bars....meanwhile other members have the skills to do this. GLWG(iveaway)!
     
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  5. FREDMAYCOIN

    FREDMAYCOIN May 21, 2020

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    Getting#3. Thanks Steve and great idea to pay it forward. upload_2020-5-21_7-59-17.jpeg
     
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  6. redpcar

    redpcar May 21, 2020

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    #4 is coming my way. #veryexcited ;)

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  7. split-time

    split-time May 21, 2020

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    You are a wonderful craftsman! What a unique idea! Can't wait to see them on members watches.
     
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  8. Dan S

    Dan S May 21, 2020

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    Super awesome straps, and a really nice gesture. :thumbsup:
     
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  9. agee

    agee May 21, 2020

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    Nice craftsmanship and awesome gesture. Congrats!
     
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  10. Syrte

    Syrte May 21, 2020

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    Those are great and also a lovely gesture. Making me want to take up strap making.
    Is #2 still available?
     
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  11. Duracuir1

    Duracuir1 May 21, 2020

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    Straps are all spoken for. I may need to make more! Here are the two that I made for myself. One hole in the strap is a luxury! Note the “box stitch” on the old chrono, inspired by @JwRosenthal . 30C4FCF3-DC23-4DEA-BCD0-80FC0E358E63.jpeg 56752794-C706-42CD-96E6-B52B5E7CB7A8.jpeg
     
  12. DaveK

    DaveK Yoda of Yodelers May 21, 2020

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    Nice! Say, what are these, store displays?

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  13. Tet

    Tet I prefer Dilmah do try it May 21, 2020

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    Superb gesture, superb straps too. Full respect to you sir.
     
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  14. A Wise Prof

    A Wise Prof May 21, 2020

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    1A3AB468-B1EA-46FA-9B60-E9261403391D.jpeg #5 is spoken for. A certain charity and I are quite thankful.
     
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  15. M'Bob

    M'Bob May 21, 2020

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    Just when I was brewing up a storm of discontent about society, you have to come along and throw a wrench into the works. What’s next? Will a politician act in anyone’s interest but their own? What are you trying to do here?
     
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  16. mayankyadav

    mayankyadav May 21, 2020

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    Got myself one too ! The number 2 :). Appreciate the nice gesture.
     
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  17. MoclovFlop

    MoclovFlop May 21, 2020

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    Beautiful work. I'm going to have to be on point to get into the next round. And great idea for re-payment
     
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  18. WYO_Watch

    WYO_Watch May 21, 2020

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    I snagged #1 and will be passing along my support of a local classical school (Mount Hope Lutheran School).
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  19. pIoNeErOfThEnILe

    pIoNeErOfThEnILe May 21, 2020

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    nice job. they look soft as well coming from an old mitt
     
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  20. Duracuir1

    Duracuir1 May 27, 2020

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    Do you pronounce it “Shaps” or “Tshaps”? Or should we just call the whole thing owf! These four straps are from old motorcycle chaps. Lots of colour variation and some pieces are well worn. Again, no gimmick. Send me a PM with your wish 4AE5EE1E-390C-4DB6-A69A-3EE5B3D16B84.jpeg BC042DD4-E63C-4940-B023-06A50D257B86.jpeg 8C021DD6-25E3-42D2-83F7-329BBC8F4198.jpeg DA5330EF-33B1-4CC7-8AEF-395617218135.jpeg 13BCA3EB-6BE5-4780-B846-8F137F3F9DC4.jpeg B9AD29C9-9EE1-4133-AD3A-24BD0C448BA1.jpeg 70206584-46FA-43C7-A0C1-30F6FE1E0625.jpeg 7D170A32-4825-48D9-B465-9410B796CB37.jpeg ED07EA15-B9B1-4636-BE7F-152EA231FCDF.jpeg E8E6B30D-3353-4849-ABC1-1A2472803EBA.jpeg and consider a donation to your favourite cause. Please do not expect perfection. I uploaded this with my phone, and the pics got all shuffled.