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Bob Klenda. Colorado leatherworker and saddlemaker.

I’ve never met Mr. Bob Klenda, but over the years I have become well aware of who he is, and I’ve also got several of his patterns, and we’ve talked on the phone.

A two word description?  Nice guy.

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Sam Andrews of Andrews Custom Leather makes a holster with Hank Strange.

It’s a little long, but this is an excellent video done by Hank Strange in Sam Andrews shop down in Alachua, Florida.  This one takes you step-by-step through Sam’s process of making a belt slide, or “pancake” holster for a Glock 19.  Sam recently moved his shop from Alachua to St. Augustine, Florida.

Sam’s process is a little different than mine, but similar in many ways.  He’s been at it for some 40-years, and he stays booked with an extended backlog.  As a Maker, I love watching other Maker’s processes.  I always learn something, and this video is no exception.  One thing I learned from this one is that Sam Andrews seems to be a heck of a nice guy.

Awesome video from Hank Strange on a process I’m always fascinated by.  Check out Andrews Custom Leather here Andrews Custom Leather and Hank’s YouTube Channel here Hank Strange YouTube.

Check it out, and comment below!

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Casey Neistat. Internet sensation.

He’s got millions of subscribers, and his videos get millions of views.  Here’s one of his many YouTube videos.

That energy, enthusiasm, drive and motivation?  Yeah, I’ll take some of that.

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Tourists dropping in for a visit. And, not much to write about.

Nice, calm weekend here on the Redneck Riviera.  Tourists can be annoying, irritating, and many times just plain dangerous.

Typically, they ride around in cars and trucks, barefeet propped up on the dash, camera-phone gripped in one or both hands, lost to the real world.  There’s a comfort in knowing what to look for, and avoid.

Well, yesterday a couple of them tried a new approach.  They fell semi-controlled right outta the sky.

Never a dull moment.  The story is here  CONTROLLED CRASH  on the WJHG website.

I needed some content.  Got it.  I’ll mark this one done.

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In “awl” seriousness…this is the best DVD on hand-sewing I’ve ever seen.

I’m a huge fan of hand-sewing leather.  Tapered, beeswaxed linen thread.  Polished, razor sharp awl blades.  Band-Aids, taped fingers.  I love everything about it.  Not to mention the strength and beauty of the stitching when it’s done right.

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This DVD covers everything–from tapering linen thread, to the proper threading of the needles.  Sharpening, polishing and “tuning” of your awl blades, and the actual sewing itself.  The headstall project’s a handy real world example of what’s possible.  Highly recommended.  75 minutes in length, and packed full of information.

Awl hafts and blades from Barry King Tools.  You can order the DVD from TJ at Schwarz Productions.com