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by amuckart
Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sharpening knives
Replies: 87
Views: 12911

Re: sharpening knives

I use carpet tape to attach abrasives to flat surfaces. It's wide, incredibly strong, double sided sticky tape. Contact adhesive works too, but carpet tape is easier and for sheet abrasives it's easier to peel and replace. For anyone using edged tools I highly recommend getting a coply of Leonard Le...
by amuckart
Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61991

Re: The Gallery

I'd say the red in the crown etc. is the silk. You can see that it's degraded on the right hand part of the crown on the right boot (the one on the left of the picture with the pair). It might not be missing completely, just damaged.
by amuckart
Sat Feb 07, 2015 11:37 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bottoming techniques
Replies: 524
Views: 27351

Re: Bottoming techniques

Each "ply" is a "strand"...so 8 ply is 8 strand. I regularly use unwaxed 8 ply to inseam with. I also bought three colours of unwaxed 4 ply--black, brown and white (they have raspberry and turquoise :shocked: ). Sometimes I will un-ply the four strand to make three or two or even one. But I never u...
by amuckart
Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:46 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bottoming techniques
Replies: 524
Views: 27351

Re: Bottoming techniques

I'm using four stand Teklon for this work. Each strand is a little thicker than one strand of hemp yarn. So you'd probably have to step down to two or three strands of Teklon to get comparable weight. I use two strands of Teklon when I'm round closing and three strands of Teklon when I'm outsole st...
by amuckart
Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:19 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bottoming techniques
Replies: 524
Views: 27351

Re: Bottoming techniques

How thick is the teklon you're using compared to, say, 3 strands of #10 hemp? I'm keen to try it but for the round closing I do in 1.5mm calf anything much thicker than the 3 strands of No.10 that I normally use is too thick. I have a lot of long-staple dry spun hemp, which is the good stuff but it'...
by amuckart
Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: One "Last" Question
Replies: 1811
Views: 51519

Re:

Thank you for sharing that Duncan, that's an ingenious solution. I'll have to make myself one of those.
by amuckart
Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21795

Re: Glues and Cements

Cody, As for "iron black" (iron filings in vinegar), I can confirm it will chemically burn veg-tanned leather, especially it will cause the grain to crack if used as a surface "dye". It's a neat old technique, but hardly a modern solution. M. C. Lamb addresses this in his book Leather Dressing incl...
by amuckart
Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57398

Re: Tools of the Trade

If you don't want a differentially tempered blade, this looks like it would be a good technique. http://www.ctmuzzleloaders.com/ctml_experiments/tempering/tempering.html It also has the advantage that you can do it with more than one blade at a time. Obviously adjust the temperature according to the...
by amuckart
Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:30 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57398

Re: Tools of the Trade

Hi DW, I don't suppose you could be persuaded to do a photo essay on your tempering technique? Pretty please? Certainly, but not until I've got some more music wire and set up the bits & pieces I need to make awl blades. I think I understand everything except the bit about putting the tang on the ho...
by amuckart
Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:57 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57398

Re: Tools of the Trade

Thanks for the offer Lance and Francis, if I get absolutely frustrated with breaking awls and can't find good ones on ebay, I'll be in contact. I still have to make square awls (I have one made from a screwdriver, but It's not very pleasant to use, because of the handle). I also started on a few ed...
by amuckart
Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:06 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Hand Wax / Coad
Replies: 441
Views: 30145

Re: Hand Wax / Coad

That was Gugolz optical lapping pitch. I got a couple of kilos of it. It's not too bad but I never quite got it right when trying to make hand wax out of it. The MSDS PDF says the hazardous ingredient is kolophonium which is German for rosin, so it is pine based but I don't know what the black is. W...
by amuckart
Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: Historic techniques and materials
Replies: 166
Views: 10314

Re: Historic techniques and materials

Al,

Thank you for that wonderfully informative post. I don't suppose you have the ISBN for Stammbaum de Schuhfertigungsaten? I've googled but can't find it.

I take your point about pegging as a technique used in combination with sewing v.s. fully-pegged construction.
by amuckart
Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: "...a great way forward?"
Replies: 94
Views: 4347

Re: "...a great way forward?"

I've just come back from holiday and have found this discussion fascinating to follow as I read it all in one go. Even though I'm not in the trade, I've learned most of what I know about shoemaking from reading this site and from people on here. I'm still very much an amateur (though hopefully no lo...
by amuckart
Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:42 pm
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: Historic techniques and materials
Replies: 166
Views: 10314

Re: Historic techniques and materials

Al wrote, in a different topic: No Heels, pre-c.1580 Heels (wood & leather), post c.1580 W. Europe Cement construction, first patents, US 1850s Welted, starts c.1450, Germany Pegged, starts c.1820s US (nailing starts 1800s) Stitch Down, starts c.1500s? (Bavaria?) I'd love to see the references for s...
by amuckart
Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Seeking knowledge or survey
Replies: 793
Views: 22114

Re: Seeking knowledge or survey

Greetings all, I've just written a post on my website attempting to explain how to hold an awl without bruising the median nerve junction in the centre of the palm of your hand. It's entirely based on what I do and I'm wondering if folks who've actually been trained in how to do this properly could ...
by amuckart
Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:12 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57398

Re: Tools of the Trade

<t>Greetings all, <br/> <br/> I am rebuilding a pair of Marshall bell knife skivers and I'd like some advice. <br/> <br/> Since I have two identical machines I plan on setting one up to do chrome tanned leathers and the other to do veg, which is what I mostly work with. <br/> <br/> I will need to ge...
by amuckart
Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: The Boughton Faire Memorial Bazaar
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 107
Views: 7786

Re: Looking for...

If anyone on here does pick them up I'd really appreciate detailed pictures and measurements. I did see that the hollower is sold.
by amuckart
Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48253

Re: sewing machines

Hi JesseLee,

I've just put the copy I have on my website. You can get it from http://alasdair.muckart.net/sm/industrial/industrial-sewing-machine-manuals/
by amuckart
Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: "All in the Family..."
Topic: The "Whys" and Wherefores"
Replies: 48
Views: 3899

Re: The "Whys" and Wherefores"

That comment of DW's can be found at this post
by amuckart
Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:55 pm
Forum: "All in the Family..."
Topic: The "Whys" and Wherefores"
Replies: 48
Views: 3899

Re: The "Whys" and Wherefores"

Lisa, As I made the transition from bumbling amateur to reasonably skilled amateur maker of reproduction shoes, one thing that really stuck with me was DW's comment that: "When you look at the finished product you never see the speed with which a technique was done... but you *do* see the care with ...
by amuckart
Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: Through the Mists of Time...
Replies: 331
Views: 11131

Re: Through the Mists of Time...

<t>I have some pretty good photographs of Jeremy Atkinson's knives, which I showed to a blacksmith here who said he can make them. I ended up moving cities and haven't picked that idea up again, but I imagine it would be on the order of NZ$1000 or so for the set. <br/> <br/> IMO you want a blacksmit...
by amuckart
Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57398

Re: Tools of the Trade

<t>Duncan, <br/> <br/> That's a lovely piece of work which is not at all surprising coming from you. <br/> <br/> Given that you need airflow rather than vacuum for fume extraction, I'd wager more holes, or even a mesh 'floor' in the unit would save your motor a lot of work by making the air easier t...
by amuckart
Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48253

Re: sewing machines

<t>Hi Geri, <br/> <br/> The belts are stapled together. Generally you would cut it to length, punch a hole for the staple and bend the staple shut with a special pair of pliers. I use a scratch awl and linesman's pliers. <br/> <br/> The different sizes on the wheel are for different speeds. The smal...
by amuckart
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sharpening knives
Replies: 87
Views: 12911

Re: sharpening knives

Lance, You're right about the Japanese knives, I'll qualify my statement: the edge on a really good sharp western kitchen knife is about 40 degrees http://www.thehcc.org/forum/images/old_smilies/happy.gif Sashimi knives are terrifying, and very high maintenance. My experience so far with Japanese le...
by amuckart
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sharpening knives
Replies: 87
Views: 12911

Re: sharpening knives

<t>Lisa, <br/> <br/> In terms of the specific question you have to answer for your knifemaker, a 30 degree primary bevel should give you good performance. That will allow you to sharpen and hone with about a 31 degree angle at the edge. <br/> <br/> To put that in context, the edge on a really good s...