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  1. unicornleather

    Enough Is Enough

    Even as a Saddler I get anti's giving me grief on various forums/groups as they assume all Saddlers kill their own cattle for leather and hunt foxes all day!
  2. Home made dust bath for chickens This is for anyone who has the same problem of chickens indoors needing a dust bath. If you have the same stuff lying around as I did and you can sew/glue things together this is easy to make. Today I decided to make my chickens who are in the barn a dust bath, whilst they are stuck indoors I've been using trays and all sorts but it gets messy in there as they spray it all around. I took an old builder's bag I had in the basement and using scrap textiles (of which I have lots) made a door in the side with a "curtain", on the ends of the curtain pieces I sewed on looped tape (soft velcro) and on the top under the flange round the bag I sewed on the hook tape (rough velcro) so to train them to use it I can have the curtain up out of the way until they get comfortable going through the door then I can slowly lower the curtain pieces one at a time until they freely go though it. Inside the bag I have put some soil out of their old dustbath and will buy some new sand to boost it up. To hold the bag up right I used some baling twine and hooked the lifting loops on the bag on to hooks I had screwed in to the roof. The bag should contain most of the sand/soil etc they like to throw around! Cost next to nothing to make as I had everything to make it. Took about an hour in total, hope it helps people make their own. [/url] [/url] [/url] [/url] [/url] [/url]
  3. unicornleather

    Out Of Town

    Come on facebook and join us on https://www.(!64.56:886/groups/JackHargreaves I'm one of the admin on there and the more the merrier, some cracking vids and photos on there
  4. unicornleather

    Leather Dog Leads

    If you want proper rolled leatherwork that length (done by hand, the proper way) would cost a fortune. Round leads can be made using a machine but leaves the stitches exposed, real rolled work won't have any stiches showing. The alternative is round leather belting like this cheaper to make and buy but won't last as long as true rolled work, it stretches for starters [/url] [/url] Oz
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    Anybody Make Yew Tree Bow?

    It has to have a greenwood as well as a hardwood I believe, so it's a natural spring, with the whippy flexibility of the greenwood and the strength of the hardwood, this is why Yew is suited to the task, it has both. What other hardwoods grown here in the UK have this I don't know, maybe GruffaolGriff can answer that one?
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    Anybody Make Yew Tree Bow?

    Mate of mine made a longbow and a crossbow out of Yew, he cut it and seasoned it for a year. The crossbow was lethal, putting a bolt through his shed door in his garden, don't think he'll be getting any burglars or anti's ! He made the bolts and the arrows for the bows too, his surname is Fletcher after all! For the trigger mechanism on the crossbow, he superglued 5 or 6 copper 2 pence pieces together to make a cylinder, then drilled a hole through it for the shaft so it could turn freely and filed a groove in it to hold the bow string. The actual trigger itself was a revolving round punch pliers we use in the leatherwork industry to make holes with, he removed the punches and used that like the medieval crossbows triggers used to be, a long lever type of thing. The bow prod was lashed on to the stock and butt with hessian rope, pretty much like they used to do it I guess. On the flights of the arrows and bolts he used goose feathers, carefully splitting them down the middle before whipping them on to the shaft of the bolts/arrows, he was very committed to making these and his wife didn't see him for months whilst he was in the shed making them. Oz
  7. unicornleather

    Badly Made English Saddles

    No not on the forum as it's seen as advertising because of the rest of my site is commercial but I do PM people on there to show them the article and then say on the forum I have PM'd the OP with an article on badly made saddles, it then opens the floodgates and I get inundated with PM's asking for the article I also have a list of saddles to avoid but obviously can't post those as it would be seen as libel (even though it's true!) Who are you on the H & H forum? I'm cremedemonthe (don't ask) Sorry, didn' t think about the advertising angle. I had realised who you must be from your avatar but thanks for confirming it. I have the same user name on other forums (I like to keep things simple!) I'm sure I've seen you on there, will keep an eye out for you
  8. When I get the time I write articles, I do have many more in the pipelines but time is of an essence. I am currently making my own brand of products (Horse and Rider Locatas) to supply an equestrian wholesaler and retailers round the country. I also make my own brand of traditional leather conditioner using only animal and vegetable ingredients, some of which I have to render myself. I am making cable parachutes next week for a gliding club local to me, so I have little time to write. I wrote this article about 4-5 years ago to show non trade people what utter crap there is out there, even in the English saddle scene. People rant about Indian saddles and yes most are shite but so are some very expensive English made saddles, the trouble is, like most things today, it's all about money, no thought for the safety or quality but to the average joe public these products look good and it's not until you start stripping down the saddles that you see the real picture inside. I hope this helps a few people, the article can be found here, there are other articles on my website just go to the menu at the top of the page I am about to show you and click on saddlery demos, there is an article on looking after leather which some of you may find interesting, Oz http://www.unicornleather.co.uk/badly_made_saddle_demo.html
  9. unicornleather

    Hi Viz Coller

    I made my dogs hi vz collars, harness, etc I added reflective strips as well which reflects my lamp and car headlights up to 500 metres away with ease, handy to find a dog that has selective hearing
  10. unicornleather

    Badly Made English Saddles

    Thanks but the trees are specialist stuff, laminated beechwood set in a hot press,then specially covered in muslin and shrunk in and painted over.The head and gullet plates, reinforcing along the bars, cantle and the the springs all have to be put on in a jig to be symmetrical, not something you can do properly without years of practice and training as well as specialist machinery. The webbing I use anyway, I have a few thousand metres of it as any one time buying in straight from the manufacturers, I have specialist material science experience enabling me to make all sorts of things with most textiles and/or leather, often improving on current designs. For instance regarding webbing, the cable parachutes I make for the gliding schools have to have a payload of at least 1 tonne on them as they are an integral part of the tow cable, if my chute fails the gliders are let loose before they are up to proper height. Then after release at a designated height of about 900-1000 feet the chutes get winched in by a 685 H.P. winch and hit the deck and they are often coming down on asphalt at 60-70 mph = shredding! I took what was already on the market and improved it so much that instead of a chute lasting a few weeks I can extend it to 6 months. I even use special threads that don't get heated under any abrasive workload asked of it and at £50 plus a spool it should be good stuff! Oz
  11. unicornleather

    Badly Made English Saddles

    No not on the forum as it's seen as advertising because of the rest of my site is commercial but I do PM people on there to show them the article and then say on the forum I have PM'd the OP with an article on badly made saddles, it then opens the floodgates and I get inundated with PM's asking for the article I also have a list of saddles to avoid but obviously can't post those as it would be seen as libel (even though it's true!) Who are you on the H & H forum? I'm cremedemonthe (don't ask)
  12. unicornleather

    Dog Collars

    Hello mate, you'll find tools on ebay, tools made by Joseph Dixon are good. Do you want to learn to handstitch, the saddlery way or were you thinking of using rivets instead? Stitched the right way it will be stronger than riveted.
  13. unicornleather

    Dog Collars

    funnily enough I was thinking about doing an article on this, the traditional way to make leatherwork using techniques that have been used for centuries. It's just time to do it. What tools have you got, if any?
  14. Apologies if this has been posted before as it's a couple of years old https://www.(!64.56:886/520556594661879/videos/514731771950705/
  15. unicornleather

    Make Your Own Tools Thread.

    Often better than the bought tools as can be made/ shaped for a specific application and more satisfaction in using a tool you have made, post up a pic if you have any. I haven't any photos but will try to take some. The older tools you can still buy around antique shops are often prized over by Saddlers as the steel is often better than today's equivalent.
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    His Hand Protection Didn't Save His Head Did It

    yes just checked, thanks, I try to check things out before I post but this one slipped the net! 1 nil to you
  17. unicornleather

    Make Your Own Tools Thread.

    Have made a few saddlery tools in the past, when needs must and saving me lots of money
  18. unicornleather

    'fur Mommies' - A Pain To Lurcher Owners?

    HAVE you noticed, majority of these twats are women!
  19. unicornleather

    This Would Be The Pup I'd Have!

    Nice looking pup !
  20. https://www.(!64.56:886/stephen.williams.9655/videos/702167919910805/ Reminds me of my old Lurcher (long gone) when she was a pup, you can see the conscious thinking going on to solve the problem of how to get up and then again, how to proceed without falling and hurting herself, clever little pup/Whippet
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    'fur Mommies' - A Pain To Lurcher Owners?

    There's lots of bunny hugging fur mummies out there, makes me careful what I say on facebook. I recently got told off as I dared to advertise anti noise cockerel collars on a poultry facebook group enabling people who'd might have to cull noisy birds because of neighbour complaints to keep the bird! They thought it was cruel when they didn't even know what it is or how it works, there's a lot of ignorant tossers out there. No worse than certain bitting arrangements on a horse! My Lurcher has several scars, 2 from encounters with Foxes, the fox loving brigade don't see or want to see the damage foxes can do or the disease,worms, fleas and mange they can spread. Rest of her scars are from running in to things when hunting.
  22. So if a man was banned from keeping a dog. If he just met a new bird and she had dogs, man would have to sleep in the kennel the poor cnut If my ex is anything to go by, I'd prefer the kennel
  23. unicornleather

    Watch Out

    Glad you got your dog back...
  24. http://www.unicornleather.co.uk/leather_conditioning_and_cleaning.html Advice on keeping leather in tip top condition includes a basic recipe to make your own leather conditioner
  25. This was passed on to me by a friend, please share it. WARNING TO ALL DOG WALKERS AROUND THE CUCKOO TRAIL.... Walking along the cuckoo trail in Hailsham between the carpark and the bridge under London road at approximately 18:00hrs on the 8th of April I have found in several separate places, a quantity of cocktail sausages that appear to have been as of yet a unknown substance deliberately inserted into them. They look like slug pellets and had started to liquefy with the moisture of the sausage, which of course could be fatal to dogs or small children. This post is purely to make people aware and enable you to know what to look for, this is from first hand experience. Police were informed immediately and have been amazing in tweeting and getting information out as well as advising people on a face to face basis. Watch any dog off the lead and any children going through the grass at the side of the footpath as these were not immediately visible but could so easily be consumed. If you are worried that your dog may have ingested something then hopefully this may help. How quickly your pet becomes ill depends on how much has been consumed, and what poison has been involved, however this is a list of common symptoms any of which can occur. • vomiting • diarrhoea • seizures • blood in stools • lethargy • loss of appetite • bruising • nosebleeds • irregular heartbeat • inability to urinate • muscle spasms • disorientated or dizzy • gums should resemble the dogs skin and appear pink, black or spotted. Discoloured gums can indicate serious illness. Please do not attempt to treat or medicate dogs yourself with medicine for humans and other animals as this may also be poisonous to dogs. Never attempt to make dogs vomit and do not use salt water as this can be extremely dangerous. Slug pellets are one of the most dangerous and common poisonings seen in dogs and even a small amount can cause significant poisoning and severe signs can occur within an hour of consumption. Dogs that have eaten slug pellets need to be seen immediately by a vet as rapid intervention can save their life. This has yet to be confirmed as the poisoning but please be vigilant and if concerned contact your vet asap!