Fancied having a go at something other than the usual rucksacks that I make and, having recently made a bag from an old dinghy sail, I decided that I needed a duffle bag - just like the one I carried my sports kit around in back in the 1960s and 70s.
Had to learn to splice and whip double...
Been away for some time (NOT on a diet of porridge...) but back home now.
I have a Singer 201K that needs some work to fix the thread tensioner (also the foot switch can be a tad temperamental from time to time). I now have another Singer 201K which works a treat and, although I had...
Had a request to make a set of Scout Stamps for embossing leather but I think the buyer has changed his mind (no contact). As a result I have these available:
£15 the set inc. p&p and PayPal fees. PM me if interested.
STILL AVAILABLE: one Scout set and the footpints
ALSO: I've had a request to make another "Bushcraft set" after the last one was sold - if anyone else wants a set made, please PM me.
Been a while but I finally have some sets of leather embossing stamps for sale:
Since retiring, I’ve not been able to make stamps but I’ve finally managed to get some access to the equipment I need so I can get back to it. Still experimenting as it is a different type of laser to the one I used to use. Since I have to pay for this access, I’m...
Just finished a job for a friend of a friend who went on a course where he cast a bronze age sword. He wanted a scabbard for it. I used 2.5mm veg tan for the back and front and some 5mm stuff to make the welt:
He wanted a plain front:
I added a couple of D rings to the back so he had the...
One Gone - one left!!!
Reduced - £25 inc.
Been having a go at wet forming and come up with a design that fits a 2 oz tobacco tin. I have two for sale:
No2 is a little darker:
Both come with a 2oz tin:
Reduced! Only £25each to include P&P and Paypal fees.
Hat band or head band - you choose. I made one (see last pic) for my own hat but I've made a couple for people who wear them as head/hair bands. (One person added feathers to the knotted ends...)
Asking £12.50 to include p&p (UK only) and Paypal.
Made this from three different coloured...
Now that I have finally managed to retire (looong story ) I thought it was about time I sorted out my workshop so that I could make a start on all the projects on my list.
First up was for SWMBO and I to free up space by building a garden shed to store all the clutter (lawnmower, bikes, 15...
Attention Scout Leaders!!!
Had a recent request to make some sets of the scout logo for embossing leather:
and, since I no longer have the access to the machine that I used to have, I made up some extras. As a result I have four sets for anyone who is interested. £12 each including p&p and...
Hi folks, got a message that my inbox was full and managed to delete new instead of old messages and can't remember who sent the last message which was a commission for a rucksack. If you sent it and see this - please pm me again.
That's what comes of trying to multitask when you're a mere...
Made this as my EDC rucksack:
And had some soft black leather so I decided to make an all leather version. (Might appeal to any Goths out there...:)) It measures 19" by 12" and is and envelope-style "flat" pack (hence no third dimension!)...
Got a whole heap of jobs I have to get done for people so spent the morning clearing the c**p from the floor of the shed and tidying away stuff. Also fancied trying the panorama feature on my iPhone:
Then in the afternoon I routed the rebates on the back of some pine boards I'm making a...
I cut some hazel sticks from a local wood about 18 months ago and they have been in my shed drying ever since. I thought it was about time I tried my hand at stickmaking:
The top is red deer antler and the wrist strap is 3mm veg-tanned leather with my logo laser-etched on. The "handle" is...
Posted this a week or so ago after we proudly launched our DIY canoe:
Some folks showed interest in the photos I took during the build. So here they are:
First off - this is not meant to be a "build-along" type guide as...
(Perhaps this should be in "Out and about" or under "Transport"?)
Launched my home-built canoe the other day:
And then SWMBO and I had a trip up and down the Gloucester and Sharpness canal for a couple of hours. Sadly no pics as my phone ran out of charge straight after I took the pic above...
I've been telling people who have asked me to make stamps for them recently that I will be taking early retirement in September and will be unable to make any more stamps after mid July.
It turns out that I will be returning to work part time to fill a few gaps and so...
Just got hold of this FREE, GRATIS and for NICKS!:
A Vango Force 10 Mk 4 in almost perfect nick (but a bit musty) - going to leave it up for a few days in the garden. Needs new pegs and I'll reproof the canvas fly just in case.
Can't wait to get out in it - might sleep in it in the garden...