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Old 08-24-2012, 09:22 PM
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Default Bison leather shoeing apron

I've been wanting a new farriers apron for awhile (IE one that fits) and well it dawned on me a few weeks ago that maybe since I'm making hoof knives and have a hoof stand in process that maybe I should just go ahead and make one..

Now hold on..


I went to the local shoeing supply and asked if they had any long aprons.. Turns out they had a Gibbins in stock a long no less.

It has velcro which I hate to have on an apron that gets used a real lot since the velcro wears out in short order..

So, I take the apron over to my leather guys and ask him about how much he would want to do the fixings to bring the apron up to the point of what I want..

Change the outside edge to make it wider, move the pockets down torwards the bottom and put a proper belt on it with proper leg straps..

With out loosing a breath I then asked how much he would want to make me one to my specs..

Without missing a beat he said well. I really don't want the job..

I then said": Well, I'd just make it myself if I had a sewing machine since the stitching by hand would take way to long.

He said, really are you sure you could handle it?

I said you betcha...

He then said well.. Why don't you come over here and use my machines?

I said SURE!!!

We then talked about the most durable leather and he said Bison would be best..

So for starters he ordered up some 7-8oz brain tanned Bison..

Came in a few days ago and today we got a start on it..
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:10 PM
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I'm impressed also. Go for it!

I set down to weld and use plasma. With plasma I just move my knees and feet away from falling steel and downward sparks. I have a leather knee bib I bought at my welding store, Phoenix Welding. Most of the time I just lay it over my lap, an apron would be nice. My son was amazed at how many black burnt spots that were on both sides.

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Old 08-24-2012, 10:22 PM
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Jen, is there anything you can't/ won't do?
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I was just going to say that. Jen always amazes me.
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:40 AM
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Jen, mine has a good belt and buckle on the back. My old one used leather strings, but the wider belt and good buckle digs in less. For my leg straps, I punched holes and reinforced with round metal grommets. Then I used leather laces/strings with a clip snap. I have had some nails catch on the apron and break the leg strings, better they break than be pulled to the ground. So if you haven't considered building in a weak spot, should be considered.
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:47 AM
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Blatant 'suckuppage'. But your right I guess.

At least Jen's not like some of our 'hippie' Smiths brethren wimmin and men I run into at times here in La. that wear open toe sandles while working during shows.

Jens a 'plugger', not a 9 to 5'er.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:58 AM
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Does this mean we're gonna get to see pics of Jen modelling leather??

In all seriousness though, having been around horses for a long time, farriers and all the rest, and even doing some occasional trimming, I know how important a good apron is for someone like yourself.

Also knowing a few folks in the leather side of things, and doing some on occasion myself, you've found a rarity in someone that will show you and help you do it yourself. While you're there, take note if there is something you can make or do for him to show your appreciation, I'm thinking something unique like you would forge or something along those lines.

As you know, there is nothing like a well made tool specifically made for an application, and I bet he's the sort that would realize that as well.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:33 AM
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Does this mean we're gonna get to see pics of Jen modelling leather??


A strong, confident and intelligent woman in leather, this could be serious trouble.......
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:48 AM
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You go, girl!

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Old 08-25-2012, 11:45 AM
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Jen, you are fabulous!

And the leather guy letting you use his equipment is to be commended as well for his generosity.

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