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Lasse_C

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New stuff!
« on: November 30, 2005, 12:30:30 PM »
Recently I have made a few leather lanyards like these:
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a167/LasseC/snoddar.jpg  The small piece for attaching a ring etc is made from moose antler (white) or black buffalo horn (black). As you see, the splices are covered and locked with a knot made with the strands. Nice to make & look at, and seems to have selling potential! I am experimenting with an attachment for mobile phones.

What do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2005, 09:27:56 PM »
VERY nice ! Luxury looking items.
WishI could do the same. Neat.
Cheers

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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2005, 09:46:17 PM »
Very nice indeed!  I've  been puzzleing over the cell phone too.  Mine has no lanyard loop or even any place to lash to.  To top that off in our climate the phone must be in a plastic bag... So not an easy problem. ???  These are lovely lanyards and I'd think there would be a market in some high end shops.  I wear a pocket watch on a lanyard instead of a watch fob.  Then I just drop the watch in my shirt pocket.  Again;  Very fine work, thanks for showing us.
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2005, 04:10:24 AM »
<ditto>,
and a quite nice background color to set off the attractive work.

:)

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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2005, 01:03:48 PM »
Hi Lasse, and all  :D

Very nice lanyards Lasse,
The attachment loop and splice are very nicely done ;)

Did you braid over a core or are the lanyards a hollow 4 strand braid?
I normally use a 3mm nylon core with 4, 1/8" thongs and a 5mm or 7mm core with 8, 1/8" thongs.
There is a not very brilliant picture of two Lanyards I made, at the link below, both are 8 strand braid, one has a larger core than the other,

http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bazz_pard/detail?.dir=5d59&.dnm=7434.jpg&.src=ph

Did you make the small horn attachments yourself? they are very neat. I have some Black Buffalo horn and Cow horn that I have been shaping, I am making a grease horn for my sailmakers bench, horn is so nice to shape, its like the perfect piece of wood. I will show pictures when it is finished.

Hey Roy,
It sound like you need a De-humidifier  ;D

Take care y'all,
Barry ;)




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Re: New stuff!
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2005, 02:53:19 PM »
Thanks, everybody, for the nice feedback!

These lanyards are without core, I braided them from 2,5 mm wide leather thongs. Right now I have a request for a lanyard to carry a bunch of keys, so that one will have a core (probably 1,3 mm polyester) and a thicker attachment piece, to take more wear. The leather is well greased, naturally!

Yep, I made the attachments myself. I have a box of mixed horn/antler pieces (moose, buffalo, cow, deer, sheep...) that supplies me with material for small work like this. Horn and antler gives a nice result - but it really stinks when you sand it and it gets a little hot!

The reason behind using a horn/antler attachment was that the first one I made was to a professional dog trainer, who is also an active hunter. She uses her whistle a lot, and always carries it. The attachment had to A) stand up to a lot more wear than just a leather loop, and B) not rattle like a metal attachment would. This one fit the requirements - and looked nice!  ;D


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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2005, 09:12:41 PM »
Probably telling you something you already know but not only does sanding bone and antler make a stink but the dust is very bad for your lungs.  Think about a dust mask and some really good ventilation.  Not that any sort of dust is good for us... but bone, antler, bamboo, cedar and cypress (among a way long list) are worse than we are desinged to live with.  I don't know the science behind the warning... particle size and the duribility of the dust, I suspect..... maybe also the way some particles cling to the lungs.  Charles?  Care to pitch in?  Also a local scrimshander mentioned it to me so it is either a universal myth or an admonition worth heeding. ;)  
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2005, 10:55:23 PM »
Hi All,

The dust problem is universal to most products and a lot of them are also linked with Cancer, like Oak dust for instance.
I think it a good idea to wear a mask for any dust producing activity ,even sweeping the yard?

Take care,
Barry.

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« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2005, 09:55:20 AM »
Well, that is certainly worth repeating: Protect your lungs!!!
The human body has some capacity to deal with alien particles, but it is foolish to push that capacity to its limit - not to mention beyond that limit!

When sanding I work close to a hose connected to a vacuum-cleaner I have in my shop, and I (almost) always wear a filter mask - a real one, not one of those flimsy paper ones you buy in dozens in the shop at the corner. This cuts down the dust that reaches the inside of me to a minimum.

Dusts of various sorts contain all sorts of substances. The health hazards of many of these substances are poorly investigated, if at all. To repeatedly inhale even limited amounts of dust from horn, bone, tropical woods (or fibres from different kinds of rope, for all I know?) etc, over several years might not be very harmful to my body, but I am not so keen on trying and find that I was wrong!!!
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Re: New stuff!
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2005, 08:37:04 PM »
Oh, by the way, the splices on the lanyards are done with this: http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a167/LasseC/Reallysmallgripfid.jpg

The leather thongs are tapered, and this (with a 2 mm inner diameter) is just the thing to do the work neatly!

Today I just sold 2 of these at the equivalent of USD 30 each! Really good, with christmas coming up!  ;D

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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2005, 11:33:23 PM »
Hi Roy and all
Out of the rope domain but if it serve to open some "eyes"and cover some respiratory tracts then thanks go to Roy .

Beware I am no allergologist and no specialist of industry biohazard, just a general practionner with a good brush of it, so what I say is bound to be "not complete"

First : there is a fad in circulation : bio is good !  Bio is safe

Sure strophantus from plant can kill an elephant in a few seconds, curare too, belladone too, germs, viruses too, acute reaction to a perfectly natural and BIO bee sting or snake bite too, I can assure you they are 100% percent natural and BIO, be sure of it

Too me it is BIO is potential hazard! BIO is reactivity so...
Remember Wells's War of the world ( the book not the movie), ( read Crichton's Prey)


That said DUST can be death and unfortunatly not a "good one".

"natural" dust can be mineral or organic  ( I should add : chemical or synthetic)

dust can act by =
- surcharging the cleaning services of your respiratoty tract = mineral
- contamination ( germs, viruses, yeasts, ....) = organic  ( remembre Carter's malediction ?
- getting your body to accept an hopeless hand fight : allergy  = organic or chemical
- intoxication, poisoning : antimitotic dust

Allergy and contamination can result from a "once only" encounter
- poisoning : antimitotic dust

Surcharging usually depend on level of dustiness and time of exposition ( beware no reaction now do not mean , wooow I am safe : time bombs may be ticking in your organism!)

Too organic and mineral I added chemical : nurses preparaing antimitotics solution must make them with only their hands under a glass hood with a very strong aspiration ( beware of aspiration or of "repulsion" of dust : I have seen installation such that the worker manipulating the hazard source was quite safe, but some of his/her colléagues were just in the right place for an airborn strike by the "evacuated dust".
So if you do "dusty" work : every body else out, or with a mask, even the cat. ( For aquaria ownner always cover the tank with a film when dusty work is done and stop the air pump, please, thank you for the fishes!)

MINERAL ( fibers or particules ) ( size and particules count dependant, with accumulation of "doses" ) not exhaustive

- asbestos ( depending the type of asbestos and the size of fibers)
- silice  ( silicose in French)
- coal, talcum, stannium, beryllium, uranium, pechblend, iron, titanium, baryum,...

ORGANIC
- sugar cane ( bagassose in French)
- pelts, birds dejections, bone powder, corn powder...
- wood : sequoia, mostly the "tropicals"
- yeasts and mould
- maple ( worker taking of the bark are affected = fungic contamination )
- worker roasting green coffee
- fishes preparation
- man growing mushrooms ( the eatable ones this time )


and what is our particular problem :

cotton, flax, hemp, and certainly other that I don't know of or don't recall.


Conclusion
:
first one :

do not mind what it will give you, you don't want to know, and you don't want to have it.
Just think of what it can take, and may take if you give permission by being "uncaring" of yourself. Do not forget those around you.

second :

breathing is a double-bind : stop doing it and you are soon dead
continue doing it with "dust" and you will somehow regret it.

Just as with shooting on a range whaterver the caliber ( in hunting action it would be too dangerous) you must , even if you are only a spectator, wear ears protectors, when doing "dusty" wear ( and your admirers too )must  use respiratoty tract safety measures.

No need to go cast a hangman knot in a dust-free synthetic rope in dispair.:-) Just a few precautions are enough

Do not be alarmed, be warned.

Happy knotting and long life in good health too all of you.