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by athan_chilton
Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:46 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 30308

Re: Great Leather!

<t>Baker says they would permit 'a first order' from me of GPB 200 plus shipping. (The exchange rate is approx. US $1.50 to one GBP I believe. I don't have that kind of money these days. <br/> <br/> Lance, I am guessing you won't probably be doing another order soon, given what you have just receive...
by athan_chilton
Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 30308

Re: Great Leather!

Lance, if a group buy from Bakers is contemplated, please include me. I am sure they would prefer not to deal with such a small order as mine alone would be. Thanks for letting us know about this. I figured I would not ever have the chance to try "the best" leather!
by athan_chilton
Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Inseaming Awls
Replies: 99
Views: 7144

Re: Inseaming Awls

BDA, I second Edie's thanks--looking forward to the luxury of knowing I have more than 2 inseaming awls!
by athan_chilton
Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Finishing techniques
Replies: 177
Views: 16084

Re: Finishing techniques

Who is Alfords? I've been hoping to find some crow wheels & didn't know where to start looking.
by athan_chilton
Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:21 am
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: to "Dream by Day"
Replies: 170
Views: 6464

Re: to "Dream by Day"

<t>Hope this is the best place to post this. A few days ago I got a call from a leather worker who's been doing his stuff for several decades (mostly motorcycle accessories, I believe) and he is apparently quite a reader as well. He ran across "The Romance of the Shoe" years ago and was astonished t...
by athan_chilton
Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Welt
Replies: 107
Views: 7957

Re: Welt

<t>DW, this explains why Horween sent me samples...but refused thereafter to talk to me on the phone, take orders, return calls, etc. etc. They weren't even polite enough to say "We don't want your business because you don't order very much!" (I was trying to order the horse butt strips for welting ...
by athan_chilton
Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61919

Re: The Gallery

15073.jpg Just finished these...the usual suspects as far as errors and miscalculations! So...only 71 more pairs to go, before I start to understand the process, is that right? http://www.thehcc.org/forum/images/old_smilies/happy.gif I do see some problems with these...but they look okay on my feet...
by athan_chilton
Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Welt
Replies: 107
Views: 7957

Re: Welt

THANKS, both of you. Never thought of Weldwood, and don't recall hearing about Titan-DX in this specific application...

Two new recommendations to try, oh boy!! Thanks again. I'd looked in the archives but hadn't found this exact information.
by athan_chilton
Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Welt
Replies: 107
Views: 7957

Re: Welt

Water based neoprene?? Is there another name for it, and who might sell it?
by athan_chilton
Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Welt
Replies: 107
Views: 7957

Re: Welt

<t>Thanks, Rick--this has been bugging me. I even had the idea of laying in a very thin strip of lining leather (same as the forepart filler) over the stitches, gluing it in place with latex or even Hirschkleber--then applying Duall 88 as usual to the resulting surface & proceeding to cement the...
by athan_chilton
Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:32 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Welt
Replies: 107
Views: 7957

Re: Welt

<t>I've suddenly found myself confused about cements: ... is Duall 88 a petroleum based cement? And if so, should I NOT use it to attach outsoles when my handwaxed welt stitches are exposed around the forepart?? I was under the impression that this kind of cement might dissolve the hand wax. What ce...
by athan_chilton
Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:59 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Hand Wax / Coad
Replies: 441
Views: 30124

Re: Hand Wax / Coad

<t>I've got this box of something sold as "stitching wax", not sure now where it's from--EC or Panhandle, I think. It's very hard, and a golden color. Tried using it, but it doesn't seem to really coat the thread (Teklon) very well. <br/> <br/> So, can I melt this stuff, and add pitch or rosin or oi...
by athan_chilton
Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:44 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61919

Re: The Gallery

2nd pair of pull-on style western boots. No idea what the leather is; it came in a big bundle of scrap I got a couple of years ago. The green was pretty stiff and seemed okay for boot tops, but the pink may have been upholstery tannage & was unpredictable as to stretch--hence, for all my carefulness...
by athan_chilton
Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61919

Re: The Gallery

14848.jpg Three months and most every mistake a beginning bootmaker can accomplish. Including some I haven't made before--that must indicate progress http://www.thehcc.org/forum/images/old_smilies/happy.gif They are made with "practice" leather (too soft), sewn on my post machine that doesn't make ...
by athan_chilton
Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:20 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Shoe machines
Replies: 538
Views: 27882

Re: Shoe machines

<t>You might check with Melanie Machine in Los Angeles, or Pilgrim Shoe & Sewing Machine Co. in Quincy, MA. Neither will sell you something "cheap" like on ebay, but you will get a new or reconditioned machine that will work the way it's supposed to. I think Pilgrim might also have parts and inf...
by athan_chilton
Tue May 22, 2012 12:30 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Pattern making
Replies: 1353
Views: 41157

Re: Pattern making

Are you lasting with the leather dampened?
by athan_chilton
Thu May 03, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61919

Re: The Gallery

14627.jpg I'm being brave & posting this pic, my first attempt since my course with DW in November. In retrospect, it's probably good that I tried to do most everything by hand (except the fancy stitching and basic parts assembly) but frankly, if my next hand sewed outsole looks like this does (be ...
by athan_chilton
Thu May 03, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Finishing techniques
Replies: 177
Views: 16084

Re: Finishing techniques

<t>All, <br/> I've just finished my first at-home-with-no-instructor pair of Packers (lace-up Western) boots), at least, I'm up to the point where I want to shine them up a bit (the uppers). I don't have access to a finisher, so am wondering what I might do to get a nice gloss, maybe some added dept...
by athan_chilton
Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Lasting
Replies: 801
Views: 23841

Re: Lasting

Hey! Diane, showing your work is NOT "polluting the gallery!" Those are cute shoes. I like the lavender and green leather on the white shoes, too. Keep on experimenting!
by athan_chilton
Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Outsoles
Replies: 488
Views: 17930

Re: Outsoles

<t>I have a question about sewing the outsoles (by hand) on my Packer style boots; this will be the first time I have ever tried to do this. How long, overall, should my thread be? I know how long a thread I started with for my inseaming, but suspect this should be much longer, given the higher numb...
by athan_chilton
Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:31 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Insole leather
Replies: 385
Views: 23911

Re: Insole leather

<t>Dense sounds good, Craig. The lighter weight stuff might not hold up so well, is what I'm thinking - maybe is for really lighter weight women's shoes? These being boots... <br/> <br/> Donald, I don't think I know how to do a Goodyear welt. What I do is closest to English welt - taught to me, with...
by athan_chilton
Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:45 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Insole leather
Replies: 385
Views: 23911

Re: Insole leather

<t>Hi all, a question I am sure someone here can answer: <br/> <br/> I am working on my first "let's try this at home" pair of Packer style boots. Am just about ready to sew my welt. Horween's has just sent me 3 samples of horse butt from which to choose...but I don't know which one to pick! Perhaps...
by athan_chilton
Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Closing techniques
Replies: 444
Views: 22117

Re: Closing techniques

<t>Thanks, DW--I had just decided there wasn't anything else I could reasonably do. Stitch size won't match what is already on the quarter (eyelet lines), that's beyond my hand sewing skill at present, but if all 4 quarter-vamp joins are done the same way it'll serve. <br/> <br/> Guess I best start ...
by athan_chilton
Fri Feb 03, 2012 8:17 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Closing techniques
Replies: 444
Views: 22117

Re: Closing techniques

<t>I've been forging ahead on my first try-this-at-home pair of Packer style boots...and have encountered a problem & made a mess I wasn't expecting. I'm hoping somebody here has a suggestion I haven't considered: <br/> <br/> It seems that my post machine (Consew) just can't handle the thickness...
by athan_chilton
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:51 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22629

Re: Lasts

DW has beat me to it - so I'll just second what he's said. I just got two pr of lasts from J&V and dealt mostly with Spencer Bruce, indeed a most gentlemanly chap with a delicious semi-Southern way of speaking...what a change from rude, hasty sales people!!