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A big beautiful failure

I've spent the last few days designing & making this hnefatafl board only to learn that it's a big fat failure. I don't have a machine that burns designs on leather so I had to use vegtan so I could tool and stamp the board by hand. I used a designer suede for the base and stitched the final board in place. Everything worked perfectly until I tried to cinch everything up and turn it into its very own carry bag. The vegtan while thin at 2 oz just doesn't get supple enough to have a nice consistent bottom to the bag and doesn't want to fold up into a nice neat little package. I could certainly add a few more inches to the suede but then it would just be too absurd in diameter. I considered trimming the suede away and just having a nice board with a nice lining but that won't work also, as I didn't glue the suede to the back of the vegtan and it is now creating a bubble. Yesterday the entire process of this project went together beautifully until the very end when it crashed & burned and I was left dazed & confused asking "what the hell just happened"?😕 Today is a brand new day and I'm ready for round two🥊🥊Wish me luck!



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David Dennis
David Dennis
Sep 28, 2020

One of the ideas I had was to take a wooden base and tack/glue a leather playing field. (Haven't settled on how I would decorate the board yet.) The players would be cut from a dowel with either an Eagle, Globe, or Anchor burned into the top sort of an homage to Gunny. The King would be painted green. The opposing players would also be of wood with RB (Rat Bastards) or some other identifying mark burned into the top to identify them as the adversary. RB may be a bit school-boyish but it is a term I have been know to use concerning people who irritate me. I would probably also take that idea into a roll-up playing…

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Angel Babi
Angel Babi
Sep 28, 2020

@ Jonathan Zook thank you! Just had to rub some dirt on it and walk it off😁

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Angel Babi
Angel Babi
Sep 28, 2020

@ David Dennis I certainly did learn how "not" to do something! The leather was too thick to make the soft pliable bag I was hoping for. I already have an ideal in mind that's very similar to my roll up church warden pouch I just need time to execute it, although I wouldn't mind seeing what you come up with also! I have 3 wood burning sets and multiple tips for burning, I just never found time yet to practice and actually Egil just burned his 1st art project with them tonight. I will try to include a picture of it so you can see how awesome it is and one day will hopefully turn into a side h…


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Angel Babi
Angel Babi
Sep 28, 2020

@ Joe Van Natta. I ❤ how you see things in this world.

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Jonathan Zook
Jonathan Zook
Sep 28, 2020

I have no doubt you will win this fight.

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