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 Post subject: All Natural...
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:20 am 
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This one is on its way to a friend. All Natural, Rough Out, with white stitching.

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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:15 am 
Nice touch John. I like it.

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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:29 am 
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John at is absolutely awsome. May I ask how do you keep the leather so clean. When ever I make a holster before I dye it there is always some crap that gets on it eith from my hands or the glue or from my bench. Is there a secrete I am missing?

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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:49 am 
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I rarely do a project like this, for the exact reason that you mentioned. Luckily, I have a sink in the shop - soap is your friend :D . I also have a special table just for natural leather, and I clean it religously to keep every spec of grime/dust/whatever off of it.

For everything else, I dye first (it also cuts easier when it is a bit moist from the dye). I have never been able to get an even finish by dying after. Some really notable greats can (Matt Del Fatti), but not me.

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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:43 pm 
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ok that makes perfect sense. I agree about dying. Any other color then black is a real pain. I still havn't found a tan that I can do evenly. I do dye after its finished only because I find molding to be a bear with dyed leather so I dye first and mold last.

Thanks for the info.

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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:54 pm 
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Dude... that is awesome... :D

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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:10 pm 
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John:
Nicely (and I bet VERY carefully) made!


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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:12 am 
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Very classy...nice work buddy.

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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 6:58 am 
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Matt Del Fatti wrote:
John:
Nicely (and I bet VERY carefully) made!


Thanks Matt! Yes indeed - I didn't work on anything else until it was finished and out of the shop. I must have washed my hands 20 times during the day.



Thanks Mark 8)

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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:46 pm 
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looks awesome, i like that look, love the design

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Very sexy sir.


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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:31 am 
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Here's the other half of the order...

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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:23 am 
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I have never been a fan of the natural leather gear but either one of those could change my opinion real quick Outstanding work John, I remember when you were selling holster on other forums and its amazing the progress toward being an artist you have made, truly amazing.

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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:11 am 
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INCREDIBLE! I can't stop looking at these rigs. I'm not only amazed at how clean they turned out (like a couple of others), but the attention to detail--not just what I'd call perfect stitching, but even the crease lines on the holster loops, belt keeper, and top edge of the mag pouches. Absolutely stunning.

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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:16 am 
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Bruce,

Thanks for the compliment. That was one of the toughest projects I have worked on, and I was thrilled (and relieved) that is turned out so well.

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 Post subject: Re: All Natural...
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:55 pm 
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John Ralston wrote:
Here's the other half of the order...

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Ok, looks like I may have to call you soon.....this is gorgeous!!!! I need a couple of new belts anyway, might as well make it holsters too.

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Don't you just love nature!

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