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Old 04-04-2017, 09:22 PM
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Default Tatoos and Scars

I wish I'd have thought of it earlier but I have started saving the brands every time I buy a new side of leather. As you can see some of them are pretty big, and some of them are rather ugly. It appears that most of them are done free hand with a running iron now, but I am no expert on the subject.

I also got a pic of a nasty scar. Between the brands, scars and butchers cuts it you can lose a lot of square footage from your leather.
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:36 PM
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Hi,
Very nice!!!

I wish I could take lessons from you in "Sheridan Floral Carving!

I want to make belts with that technique!
Thanks!
I bought this book on sheridan style carving a while back and found it very helpful:
https://www.tandyleather.com/en/prod...-style-carving

I enjoy doing the carvings but struggle to draw the patterns sometimes.

Having a very narrow beveler helps a lot, and there is actually a "sheridan style" beveler that has a more acute point and lets you do tighter scrolls and stuff that I would like to get.

I'm fairly comfortable with the flowers but figuring out the vines and making them flow is difficult for me. This is a journal I attempted to do with a sheridan pattern. The purists would say it's not sheridan because I didn't use the right background tool, but I was fairly happy with it. I wish I would have connected the flowers to the vines somehow but overall I like it.
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Old 04-05-2017, 11:10 AM
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Hi,
Shoot, if I could get that on a belt, I'd be very happy!!!

I think the hurdle for me will be the swivel knife cuts!

I wanted to do the traditional carving ever since I saw the movie....

"Once Upon A Time In The West!

Here is the holster I saw!

Probably made in Mexico?

I don't know?
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Old 12-21-2017, 11:49 PM
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Still at it, get some interesting requests sometimes, like lego men dancing with princesses.It's not quite all oak leaves and basket weave like you'd see on a nice saddle but I'm having fun figuring out how to make some of this stuff.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:23 AM
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Looks good Matt!

Guess that's why I never got into much of the leather 'carving', not enough of an artist, so unless I had a pattern, I'm out of luck.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:41 AM
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Thanks! I really don't consider myself to be that artistic.

All of the patterns that have leaves and flowers I came up with by drawing the leaf or flower on manilla and cutting it out, and then just laying it on the page and tracing it over and over. Saves time, and I only have to suffer through drawing the flower once. I really should take time to come up with some new leaves and stuff, I have 5 or 6 I use for almost everything right now.

The other stuff that have figures and stuff in them I usually get to work from a photo. The lego man and the princess I did from a photo of their wedding cake, the buffalo was a photo I got off google and traced the major lines out of. Coming up with patterns is definitely much more difficult than doing the actual tooling.
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