Archive for October, 2010
As most of the readers/visitors to this site are aware, I do custom leatherwork, specifically holsters.
Naturally, I am a member on a few bulletin boards, as its a way to get exposure for my products, and some of the threads with folks complaining about what they don’t like about certain holsters is a way, albeit unscientific, to get a sense of what the consumer wants/likes, or dislikes.
But recently on a forum there was a thread started where someone was asking gripmakers for advice on how to make grips, specifically in how to drill the holes and countersink them in a wooden grip that, on average, is less than a quarter of an inch thick.
Any piece of wood that thin has entered the realm of being a veneer, not a panel. It takes skill, and that skill comes from spending time learning/perfecting the craft, and spending money on all the tools necessary to execute said craft.
That begs the question…why ask a Gripmaker to share his methods of turning out a fine product? I mean, really…the guy (or gal…there’s some EXCELLENT female woodworkers that I know in my area) is trying to generate income by doing something that has taken him a long time to perfect.
Secondly…if he/she describes the method they use, but the novice/neophyte misunderstands it, gets it wrong, and as such the grip falls off while they’re shooting and leads to some sort of accident, a lawyer could point to their *advice* as being faulty. Not because it *was* faulty, but because the novice/neophyte didn’t understand it thoroughly.
Now, I say this because I am a leatherworker, and I make holsters. I’ve got tons of money invested in tools for my craft, and tons of time invested in perfecting it. I sometimes get e-mails from people asking if I could describe the steps to making one of my holsters, where to get the materials, etc., because they have a cousin Edna that *plays around with arts and crafts* and is *pretty good at making Budweiser Beer Can Airplanes that she sells at the Miss Sweet Potato Festival in Snickers Ditch*, and the economy is real bad now so I can’t afford to pay you so I want a $100 holster at cost that looks like yours and is built as well as yours but I want my Budweiser Beer Can cousin to make it for me for free….
Back to the forum poster: If the question that the thread poster asked was more along the lines of how to properly refinish a set of old grips to bring them back from the dead, they probably would get alot of thread responses. But to specifically ask Gripmakers their methods to not screwing up expensive wood is like asking Colonel Sanders for the secret to his Fried Chicken.
Thats all thats left….29 days.
29 days to hopefully gain enough traction with a change of ownership in the House of Representatives to put a stop to Pelosi, Frank, and Obama.
While there is about a snowballs chance in Hell that we take control of both the House and Senate, control of the House would be a great way to begin to put the brakes on the runaway train that is the Debt.
First order of business should be to starve Obamacare of any and all monies. Just don’t give it any cash.
End of story.
It will whither and die on the vine, then we can work on its complete repeal in 2012.
Second order of business needs to be a beginning of repealing Federal Laws that have restricted our freedoms. The gov’t is too big, too powerful, and too onerous. The job of the FedGov is NOT to tell us what kind of toilet we’re allowed to have in our house (yes, there are Fed laws mandating toilets…) or how much salt can be in my food, or any other such nonsense.
The FedGov’s purpose, according to the Constitution, is to promote the general welfare of the STATES….not to stick their noses into the general welfare of the people who live IN the states.
We need to dismantle the Leftist Front Groups that want to impose their thoughts and beliefs into our daily lives…groups like Greenpeace, PETA, Brady Bunchers, et al.
In short…we need to take our country back, we need to reject European socialism, and become once again, the Shining City on the Hill.