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09 July 2014

Just for fun, I thought I'd share some of the leather items I've been making to sell on Etsy.com, along with one wooden item. 

        This first item is a Large Belt Pouch with a Swing Latch closure:
 
These next items are also Belt Pouches of a different design, both large and small:
These are lengths of two belts I'm offering, but I have not  yet dyed them to a customer's requirements:
 
This is but one design of a boomerang made of airplane model grade plywood.  Others have three and the traditional two wings.  All fly beautifully:
Dice Cup with an extra thickness of leather at the rim to prevent anyone from finessing the dice out to their own benefit:
 
Eyeglass case with riveted sides, snap closure and a rigid plastic insert:
Another belt, this time a Hair-On cowhide belt:
This is a Jack, a drinking vessel used in Britain hundreds of years ago to drink their ale.  Heating and sealing the leather with Brewer's Pitch or Beeswax causes the leather to turn quite dark, black in fact.  These also became rock hard after the heating and they were often used in bar fights.  Hence, the term "Blackjack."
 
 
 
Depending on the occasion a woman may wish to wear this, it can be either a Steampunk Mini-Corset or a Cosplay Corset:
 
The following two items are also Steampunk in style, a Plague Doctor's Mask and Aviator Goggles:

 
Leather Tankard, also used in Britain centuries ago.  I have not yet dyed this, but it is already sealed with Beeswax:
This last item is a Vest Extender, ordinarily used to keep one's motorcycle vest from flapping in the breeze:
 
I keep trying to dream up more and different types of leather creations to sell on Etsy.com.  I'm working on a leather hat at the moment, termed variously as a Gambler's Hat, a Maverick Hat or just a Cowboy Hat.  I think the term "Maverick" came from the old James Garner show "Maverick."
 
I've almost finished with a small leather notepad cover and a woman's leather and bead Wraparound Bracelet and am about to try my hand at making some heavy leather Watch Bands. 
 
This is a prime example of taking a creative hobby and making a small business out of it.  I enjoy making these items and it's even more fun when one makes some money from them.
 
Should a viewer wish to check out my Etsy.com shop, search for "ArnoldsLeatherGoods."
 
For those not familiar with Etsy, it's similar to eBay, but prices are set and it's only for Handmade items and Vintage (meaning pre-1995) items.  I've sold some old items on Etsy already and have been posting 1950s and 1960s vinyl LP records on there by the dozens.  [I was given hundreds of old LPs by a neighbor, among them Latin (Mexican, Italian, South American, etc.), Big Band, Jazz, Pop, Pop Rock, and who knows what else.]
 
 
 

17 May 2014

FANTASTIC TREE HOUSES

One would be proud to own any of these tree houses, whether as a  primary residence or a vacation get-away:

 Issaquah, WA
 
 Unknown Location, Exterior
 
 Same Unknown Location, Interior
 
 Witch House in Ibiza, Spain
 
 Seattle, WA
 
 San Antonio, TX
 
 Another in San Antonio, TX
 
 Annapolis, MD
 
 Upstate NY, Exterior
 
 Upstate NY, Interior
 
Washington, D.C., area
 
 


OLD MIAMI, FLORIDA

The following is a small selection of photographs of very early Miami, Florida.  I have hundreds on a Facebook page, so I picked just a few to illustrate just how primitive Miami was up to 100 years ago.

Florida East Coast Train Arriving in Miami - 22 April 1896
 
Miami Railway Station - 1895 - Located where the old Miami News Tower, now referred to as the Freedom Tower, was later built.
 
Miami Furniture Store, Miami's first, owned by Edwin Nelson - 1897

 


Downtown Miami in 1903
 
Florida East Coast Railroad in Downtown Miami - 1905
 
Avenue C and the Fort Dallas Hotel
1900-1920
 

Avenue B looking North 1910-20 - The Halcyon Hotel, in the distance to the left, was demolished in 1938.
 
Businesses on Avenue D, later to be known as Miami Avenue
 
Royal Palm Hotel - 1900
 
Original Dade County Courthouse - 19___
 
New Courthouse - ca. 1904
 
Everglades Observation Tower, aka the Car Dale Tower - early 1900s
 
Florida Militia on Flagler Street - 1910
 
Sutzner's Gem Shop, one of the first, if not the first, jewelry stores in Miami - 1890s or early 1900s
 
Victory Loan Parade - 1919
Downtown Miami - 1925 - Enlarged, you may view a luggage store, the Rex Cigar Store, the Miami College of Dancing, the Townley Bldg., Fitch and Shipp, the Man's Shop, the Ralston Bldg., the Cortez Hotel
 
Florida Power and Light Ice Plant - 1926

Florida Power and Light Ice Plant and Horse-drawn Ice Wagon - 1927 - Note the telephone number.
 
McCrory Hotel - 1926

Miami Avenue looking north - 1925
 
Halcyon Hotel newly built in 1925 - demolished in 1938
 
 
Miami High School (not the first structure) - 1926 - before its move to its present location in 1928
 
View of Downtown Miami looking west from the Alcazar Hotel - 1926
 
Shriners Parade turning onto Flagler Street from Biscayne Blvd. - 1928

 Downtown Miami - 1933
 
 View down 1st Avenue - 1931
 
 

Miami Woman's Club - 1940
 
There are over 100 photo albums on my Facebook page, Old Miami/Dade County, with easily more than a thousand photos with the best descriptive captions I can locate.  You're welcome to view it.  I've even got a Maps album, one of which shows Flagler Street with part of it being paved with wood, not to mention the wooden sidewalks.
 
So many of Miami's iconic, beautiful and interesting buildings from its early days have been demolished to make way for boxy, uninteresting buildings.  Much of what I knew as a child is long gone.