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  • Modern Walnut and Leather Stool | How to Build - Woodworking

    Beautiful craftsmanship. As an old leather worker, I have to complement you on your work (I used to carve purses, belts, wallets and have made everything from squaw boots to moccasins). Barge cement was my go-to adhesive as it is so strong. You used some high-quality leather, the sort that is used for carving. But other options for those wishing to save money would be chrome tanned, pigskin, and other hides, as long as they go with the heavier weights to avoid stretching. Of course, your project would be a lot of fun to do with a carved and tooled design. My first vision when I saw the high quality of your work, was to want to do it with a nature scene carved into the leather, tooled, and dyed with bright colors, and then toned down with a nice antique finish. Another thought I had was ...

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    Beautiful craftsmanship. As an old leather worker, I have to complement you on your work (I used to carve purses, belts, wallets and have made everything from squaw boots to moccasins). Barge cement was my go-to adhesive as it is so strong. You used some high-quality leather, the sort that is used for carving. But other options for those wishing to save money would be chrome tanned, pigskin, and other hides, as long as they go with the heavier weights to avoid stretching. Of course, your project would be a lot of fun to do with a carved and tooled design. My first vision when I saw the high quality of your work, was to want to do it with a nature scene carved into the leather, tooled, and dyed with bright colors, and then toned down with a nice antique finish. Another thought I had was using an ancient world map as the design for carving/tooling. A simpler way to dress it up would be to lace the edges with a quality leather lace. I better stop before I start spending money........

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  • mreith commented on weaverleathercraftsupply's instructable Leather Mystery Braid Cuff2 months ago
    Leather Mystery Braid Cuff

    Excellent instructions. I'm an elderly occupational therapist that used to use leather craft as a form of therapy in the treatment of severely impaired psychiatric patients many years ago. It was my favorite craft of many (ceramics, tile, art, woodcraft, metal craft). Nothing more versatile. You could find or do anything from the simple for a very depressed patient who needed a quick boost and couldn't attend well, to the most complex for the person with the need to focus and expend energy. Leather connects people, and you can personally wear or use the product. The smell and texture add to it all. Over the years I naturally invested my self in it as a hobby and developed my own skills. It became my favorite craft. I've instructed a LOT of people, as you can imagine, many of whom were i...

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    Excellent instructions. I'm an elderly occupational therapist that used to use leather craft as a form of therapy in the treatment of severely impaired psychiatric patients many years ago. It was my favorite craft of many (ceramics, tile, art, woodcraft, metal craft). Nothing more versatile. You could find or do anything from the simple for a very depressed patient who needed a quick boost and couldn't attend well, to the most complex for the person with the need to focus and expend energy. Leather connects people, and you can personally wear or use the product. The smell and texture add to it all. Over the years I naturally invested my self in it as a hobby and developed my own skills. It became my favorite craft. I've instructed a LOT of people, as you can imagine, many of whom were impaired by their illness. But I've never seen such clear, skilled and enthusiastic instruction as yours. As a society we don't do anything more than heavily medicate patients, and I had to leave that area and move to other parts of occupational therapy (orthodpedic) as inpatient psychiatric care disappeared. My time was invested in study and constructing braces and orthotics. Gave away my leather tools (DUMB!!).Bravo. You have the ability to enthuse the viewer, convey each step, and pass on topnotch skills. Man, I wish I had your skills! (and still had my tools). Best intractable I've seen in a long time.

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  • mreith commented on Brooklyntonia's instructable Fabric As Removable Wallpaper2 months ago
    Fabric As Removable Wallpaper

    Forgot to mention--my neighbor used liquid starch. We starched uniforms back then, really heavily. Not sure how available it is, but you can find it on Amazon. Cheap. And you can use a sponge. Probably will require some practice to get the right mix, if you want to thin the starch.

    Spent much of my life in the military, living in government-assigned housing. White paint, only. If you do anything to that, it must be restored to white paint when you move out. Ugh. My neighbor tried this for their dining room. BTW, I really like the way you chose a way to improve things without moving the appliances!! I'm old, and sometimes give up any ideas because the task will be too hard for me. Now I need to ask, "What can I do without moving anything?" And it looks GREAT! Not only that, it was smart---the fabric on the wall close to the washer would likely get splashed or stained in my house.

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  • mreith commented on Marsh's instructable Upcycled Compost Bin2 months ago
    Upcycled Compost Bin

    I'm about to replace part of my redwood fence. Great way to use the old fence! I like the way you made the slots, using simple angled cuts. No need to dado or use a router. And just a simple thin strip of wood becomes a stop for the slats. This is what I call elegant design--well constructed and easy to build with a minimum of tools. I once saw an old book for farms printed over 100 years ago. It reflected the same sort of elegance for building all sorts of implements and structures. Thank you, thank you.

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  • mreith commented on acoens's instructable 9 Alternative Storage Ideas1 year ago
     9 Alternative Storage Ideas

    Creative use of a very small space. Lots of small ideas that add up to a lot of storage and still a cozy living space. Thanks for the ideas!

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