Saturday, January 21, 2017

American flag saddle and fly rod case.

The cover tooled and ready to wet form onto the bare saddle (Fizik Arione)
I stretch and tack the leather over the saddle and let it dry. 
This is sort of my first attempts at painting. I use a dye that soaks into the pores of the leather and is instantly permanent.

Very tiny stars.
Fly rod case. This was my practice piece for painting. I was trying different colors and seeing how well it took to the leather. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Yippee Ki Yay

I made a Christmas ornament to honor the best Christmas movie ever.
 Not my idea, I saw this elsewhere.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Sugar skull saddle

  This is the second sugar skull saddle. The first one is my own saddle.

My saddle above and the new one carved and tooled. 

Done. Turned out nice! 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Leather American flag and bicycle seat.

I decided to try colored dyes on a second American flag. This one turned out exactly how I wanted.

The patina is what I was wanting. It's sort of washed out, weathered. 

Next, a saddle for a Marine. I was quite honored to do this one. The design is a Marine Master EOD badge.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

American flag

Lining out the tracing. I made the flag using correct flag ratios... too much maths for my feeble mind but I did it. 

Cutting 50 identical stars was quite challenging! 

I worked the flag in sections mainly because you have to keep the leather wet and it dries quickly. 

Done. I added quite a bit of shading to break it up and give it character and depth. The dye really brings it out. 

I'm not happy at all with how the dye turned out. Hopefully it will lighten up as it dries over the next day or two, but as is I consider it a fail. It's OK but not what I intended.  

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday Releathered baseball.

This is my second attempt at recovering an old baseball. My first attempt was a fail because I tooled my son's name into it and the piece shrunk. You have to wet the leather in order to cut and tool. I got to the last ~30 stitches and the leather piece was obviously too small. This time I left it dry and didn't try to tool. But got to the very end (108 stitches if you're curious) and pricked my finger and got a drop of blood on it. Still. Turned out OK.
Blood stain. Once I finished I soaked it in water and then let it dry which sucked the leather down tight. I like this leather undyed and natural.  

But dyed it anyway.  Immediately after application. 

This is after it's dried. You can still see the blood stain. 


I've been biking every morning and keeping it fun. Which means I'm not using any electronical devices.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Friday bike and stuff

Got out before the sun and didn't ride Bacon Strip. Instead I headed up towards Golden Gate Canyon State Park which is about 5 miles from my house but climbs Twin Spruce, a solid 3 mile climb. It was 48 degrees starting out and I froze! Tried to stay near MAF but the grade and my gears didn't allow it.

 Last night I did a run session with 14 X 60m strides. It felt so good to run fast. These were on a soccer field as diagonals. The first ~5-6 felt awkward at just 5:00 pace but by the end 3:50-4:00 pace was feeling smooth.

9000ft up near Golden Gate Canyon State Park. This huge meadow is tucked right into the mountains. One of my favorite spots up here. 

My post workout food as of late. Greens, almonds, cashews, walnuts, avocado, salt and pepper. 

New bike stand/ clamp. Yep, bolted straight to my deck rail. The clamp comes off so I'll be able to take it inside.  

Obligatory saddle pic. I redyed it to a darker brown, less red 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thursday ride in pictures

I titled this ride "Drawing Straws On A Boat" thinking about GZ. 

I like this shot. 

I'm so artsy. 

I love the symmetry of switchbacks. That's South Boulder Peak peaking through the trees. Notice how "rough" the dirt roads are around my house. 

Looking down Eldorado Canyon towards Wyoming. 

Obligatory saddle shot. 

More rough roads.