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Offline Marcruger

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Bag #21 - Join or Die
« on: January 15, 2020, 01:04:12 AM »
Hi Folks,

I just finished this one up.  Bridle leather cowhide straightforward inside-out bag.  Cowhide stiffener/pocket inside the top back.  The flap is tooled with the cartoon attributed to Benjamin Franklin referencing the "disunited state" of the Colonies.  The top of the flap is tooling leather, backed by bridle leather.  The stiffener idea combined with a pocket just occurred to me, but I am sure others have used it long ago.  Nothing new under the sun.  God Bless,   Marc













Offline Marcruger

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2020, 01:16:34 AM »
I forgot to mention, it is 7.5" by 7.5". 

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2020, 01:39:54 AM »
Marc that looks great,...one of my favorite themes. Got a couple of horns coming up carrying it as well. Best Regards - Aaron

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2020, 02:08:23 AM »
Good job, very nice stitching & color

Well executed..
Smo

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2020, 03:27:18 AM »
Marc, that is another very nice one. Keep em coming.
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Offline Mike from OK

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2020, 04:07:44 AM »
Oh my.

That's amazing!

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Offline Brian cox

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2020, 05:08:49 AM »
That is a very cool bag!

Offline Mike Lyons

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2020, 05:15:43 AM »
Very nice Marc.  Beautiful stitching.  Thatís some fine and brave tooling work.

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2020, 06:03:12 AM »
Marc, fabulous. Iíd be really proud to own that fabulous piece!
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Offline Greg Pennell

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2020, 06:46:13 AM »
Marc, that flap tooling is amazing!  I like your pocket idea, too. Another great bag!

Greg
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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2020, 08:15:49 AM »
the perfect size and the motto always makes me proud. This may be one of the best bags I have seen in awhile.
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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2020, 02:55:27 PM »
Marc
 Really beautiful bag!
 I'm new to this forum. I spend most of my time making knives and accoutrements for sale in your sale forum. Not sure if this is the place to show them? Not to sell, just for showing. Any ideas on that before I post a photo? Thank you very much for your help, and keep after the leather work, you're very good at it.
God bless:
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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2020, 04:16:11 PM »
Marc
 Really beautiful bag!
 I'm new to this forum. I spend most of my time making knives and accoutrements for sale in your sale forum. Not sure if this is the place to show them? Not to sell, just for showing. Any ideas on that before I post a photo? Thank you very much for your help, and keep after the leather work, you're very good at it.
God bless:
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 Sure you can sow them here. Then if you want to sell them post them in the "Classified".

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2020, 04:20:03 PM »
 Really well done Bud, the stitching looks Great. I really like the reinforcement setup for the straps and combining it with a pocket is good thinking. Could become a signature mark.

  Tim

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2020, 06:33:12 PM »
Wow what a great bag!

I wish I could get my color to look that nice!

Offline Mick C

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2020, 10:14:54 PM »
Wow, amazing tooling!
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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2020, 03:32:19 AM »
Hi folks,  Many thanks for the kind words.

Mike Lyons, the tooling was done three times before I was happy, so I think I was more persistent than brave.  :-)

God bless, Marc

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2020, 04:07:02 AM »
Itís very nice tooling and consistent.  You definitely have it figured out.  I struggled with keeping the leather at the proper moisture content.  As soon as I would get it there,  it would dry some and leave a different looking tooling mark.  The worse part was that you have one crack at it. Once you have an error,  itís start over time.   I still havenít figured out the trick to keeping the moisture consistent throughout an entire project.  You and James gave me some good advice but it boils down to experience and knowing leather more than I do.  When James told me it required a feel,  I knew I was in trouble.   ;D

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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2020, 04:22:03 AM »
Neat little bag Marc and and interesting method of pocket and strap attachment. 

Mike Lyons,
The "feel" is the cool moisture content. Here are some casing instructions from a couple of guys I respect in their field of leather tooling (authorship noted in the images)






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Re: Bag #21 - Join or Die
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2020, 04:52:32 AM »
Really well done Bud, the stitching looks Great. I really like the reinforcement setup for the straps and combining it with a pocket is good thinking. Could become a signature mark.

  Tim
Thanks Tim
 I may take y'all up on that?
God bless:
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