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To make straps another way

I keep meaning to do a post about the way I do the “Y” shaped straps on things. Rather than cutting the finished shape and wasting a big triangular piece of leather, I cut a strap twice the finished width, split it for the desired length and then wet the leather and stretch it to shape.

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The approximate pattern on the hide. Sorry, I had meant to take a photo of the leather marked up but got carried away…

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Wet at least the intersection, stretch the arms to the correct angle and work any bulges or wrinkles out with your thumbs. Let it dry.

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Trim and skive to taste. I’ll be using these later.

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