Hi all! I’m new to the forum, and I just have to say thanks for all the wealth of information! I appreciate everyone sharing the things that went well…and not so well
I’ve been working on some prototypes for guitar straps. I’ve always been a fan of Souldier straps (handmade in Chicago), but they’re pricy and I have 18 guitars. Yeah…I might have a problem.
So this was the mock-up, cut and tooled with traditional means.
This is where I am now after redesigning the pattern in Adobe Illustrator. All I have to say is…WOW!! 1.5 minutes to cut a pair of strap ends, complete with holes for sewing. Multiply that by 18, and I just added years to my life!
The sunburst will be tooled traditionally.
I’m also working on a logo- I plan to sell these from my online shop. Jive Ramono is something my dad used to say, and his nickname was Pike (hence the fish) He taught me to play guitar and always wanted me to learn leather work. Thought it would be a nice tribute
I’m debating between etched (right) or embossed (left) leather emblems
(Prototype for the stamp etched into cheap plywood and pressed into damp leather with an arbor press)
Any thoughts on what looks more professional/cool? Thanks in advance!