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#61 thorn697

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 04:51 PM

View Postjoegut, on 26 April 2017 - 12:07 PM, said:

I'm sure you have seen it already since I have worked for brands like Timberland, Brahma, HH Brown, Keds, Nike and Oakley. Now I'm retired but still great friends with tanners and shoemaking factories in Mexico


Very cool. Must smell pretty good there.

View Postjoegut, on 26 April 2017 - 12:20 PM, said:

I do love the work Nero does, and the veg tan you did already it's very very nice.


Thank you. I will be mixing up some more colors and trying this again soon.

View Postjoegut, on 26 April 2017 - 12:32 PM, said:

And see if you could get some natural atanado Leather. It will give you the properties of a veg tan Leather with the softness of chrome tan, to increace the confort to the Strap. Regards


I will look into it. I also want to find to find a source for some of the nubuck material they make Timberlands with. The issue is finding suppliers that will sell you less than a whole cow.

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 09:02 PM

Where in Texas are you located? I may be able to help a little some great tanners are really good friends and can get sides at least. Logistic need to be put in place so they can reach you. But count me in to help you any way I can.

#63 thorn697

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Posted 26 April 2017 - 10:47 PM

I really appreciate the help. I will PM you.

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 12:55 PM

Great work bro!! Great improving! ;)

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:57 AM

View PostMcJules, on 28 April 2017 - 12:55 PM, said:

Great work bro!! Great improving! ;)


Thank you, thank you! Just gotta keep learning from my mistakes :)

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 04:11 AM

Here's the latest update. Lots of straps in the last couple weeks. I discovered that pretty large exotic leather supplier has a showroom in Ft. Worth, so I set up an appointment to visit them next week. I'm pretty excited to see what I may be able to walk out of there with.

red dye strap got a blueish green twin sister
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Reopened the folded edge canvas project. I tried using my new glazing tool as a pseudo-iron to fold the edges over. It worked fairly well, but I need to do another one to get the result I'm really after. Also, got watching some Bob Ross videos and all the sudden I was painting all sorts of stuff.

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And yes...I realize that the star and spitfire are facing opposite directions. Don't drink and paint.
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Suede. I ordered about 30 colors of alcantara this week, so lots more like this in the future
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One of the most bizarre leathers I've come across...camel
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And lastly, fully stitched stingray. I'm not sure why you never see these. It seems like every maker does minimal stitching on stingray because its a hard leather to puncture, but that's just my guess. I quite like the way it looks.

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Posted 08 May 2017 - 09:14 PM

Finally got my AP in the mail today. All I can say is wow. The quality for a rep is really something else.

Here's some pics of this weeks work & the new piece.

First AP strap attempt will come soon!

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My new lining leathers came in this week. Plenty of options from classy to crazy.

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Third attempt at the dyed veg tan strap
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Another 26mm camel strap. This time in brown

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Gray polished stingray with blue edges and keepers.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 03:36 PM

Hello Thorn!! Just wow!! Your progress it's unbeliavable in such a short time. When will you be posting prices of the straps to get an idea?

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 08:16 PM

View Postjoegut, on 10 May 2017 - 03:36 PM, said:

Hello Thorn!! Just wow!! Your progress it's unbeliavable in such a short time. When will you be posting prices of the straps to get an idea?


I appreciate it!

I'm not allowed to deal on here at this point. The mods are a little lenient on hobbyist selling straps, but I still don't think I should be advertising prices.

I may pop a few up on M2M soon to see if there's any interest, but I don't want it to look like I'm trying to take business away from our other awesome trusted makers.

In the mean time, I sell on Etsy. Just search for Fu Staps to get an idea what I offer.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:34 AM

Can't wait to see your AP straps! :rideemcowboy:

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 07:18 PM

I've been a strap maker for quite a few years & agree with everyone that your works looking really good

How do you find the croc to work with ? I think its a bitch.

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 02:12 PM

View Postwolfwood, on 11 May 2017 - 08:34 AM, said:

Can't wait to see your AP straps! :rideemcowboy:


I'm starting the test strap today :)

View PostGobo1973, on 14 May 2017 - 07:18 PM, said:

I've been a strap maker for quite a few years & agree with everyone that your works looking really good

How do you find the croc to work with ? I think its a bitch.


Thank you. I have typically found croc on eBay for reasonable prices.

Yesterday I visited my new friend at the exotic leather showroom in Ft. Worth. The guy was really great. He has connections to about every tannery in the world, so I am able to source anything you can think of. I'll be putting an order in with him in the next few days once my mouth stops salivating and I can narrow it down to a realistic order size.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:10 AM

The tan Panerai looks awesome.....

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 06:27 PM

View Postbbrcraver, on 18 May 2017 - 09:10 AM, said:

The tan Panerai looks awesome.....


Thank you. I decided to keep it for myself because I like it too much.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 06:32 PM

The maiden voyage AP strap has been completed. I did this without any inserts.

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It turned with no gap even without the inserts. I carefully measured everything on the strap I was using as a mold and included a slope in the way I cut the the part that attaches to the watch.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:00 AM

Looking great Thorn!! Did you use your own rubber straps as patterns?

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:20 PM

View Postjoegut, on 19 May 2017 - 12:00 AM, said:

Looking great Thorn!! Did you use your own rubber straps as patterns?


Yes. I used them to trace and measure the insert details.

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 05:25 PM

it's been a while. Crazy couple of weeks here. This will be my last update until July. I'm taking a nice long visit across the pond :)

A lot of new leathers have been purchased in the last couple weeks including about every color of polished stingray.

On to the pictures.

My friend's gen Superocean on gray stingray

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stonewash ostrich leg with multicolor tribal stitching
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blue ultrasuede
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another stonewash ostrich leg with some extra decorative stitching
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new caiman skins

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