Thank you folks!!!
Lots a good guns still made in CT!
Silly question...do you sew with a machine or by hand?
I am thinking by hand would be too difficult, but I really have no idea.
Yep, ALL by hand. In fact, its saddle stitched which is running 2 needles at a time. I lay out how I want it stitched, then punch all the holes first with a hammer and prong chisel, then the pattern has to be transfered to the base layer of leather, and punched again. Then a piece of sinew about 6 to 8 feet long with a needle on each end. I pass both needles through each hole so the one solid piece of lacing intersects over and over again. With each pass, I pull the lacing tight, and I mean TIGHT! I dont use a stitching palm or thimbles, I push the needles through with my fingertips.
It takes longer than using a machine and I have cuts all across my fingers where the lacing cuts in, but its sooooo beautiful, I love the look it creates! And hand stitching is kinda like meditating. Totally worth it for me!!!
"I've seen a few men go The Road of the Righteous
And just a few have traveled This Old Lonely Path"
Of course there are loaded guns in the house. I have a loaded fire extinguisher too I hope I never have to use.