Bad luck and stupidity

Do you ever feel like you create more work for yourself some days?
A cowboy boot is supposed to have four pulls, and so far I’ve made seven. I ruined the first two “name” pulls by not paying attention and laying them down next to my oiled sharpening stone, so they sucked up big dirty oily spots, and this was AFTER I’d cut out and skived everything. Yesterday I had four pulls completely finished–stitched and everything. I grabbed a new brand of leather conditioner to wipe away any marking pen residue, and it ate right through the finish on one of the floral pulls, leaving a big ugly spot. I took it home and picked out the stitches last night, and managed to re-use the beading at least.
I’m getting ready to go stitch the replacement floral pull. Wish me luck.
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About customboots

I'm a custom cowboy boot maker. I own a business, Sorrell Custom Boots, and I create bespoke cowboy boots using vintage machinery and hand tools. I also own www.sorrellnotionsandfindings.com, a company that specializes in tools, supplies, and leather for the boot and shoe making trade.
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2 Responses to Bad luck and stupidity

  1. Mark A Dawber says:

    Yes, I have felt like that, many times! Usually just “Oh *****, I’ve done it again!”
    I’ll never have an oiled stone mess again, though. I bought a couple diamond hones from Paul Z. at Leather Wranglers and started using the techniques from his book and class. No oil, just a tiny drop of dish soap in water; spray it on and then wipe the stone clean and dry afterward. I’ve sharpened knives since I was a kid (back in the ’50s) and this is the best yet; highly recommend.

    The requested luck is hereby wished you, along with a most blessed Nativity feast and a Happy New Year!
    Regards,
    Mark

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