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    Fabulous Fun Filled Las Vegas
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    Leathercraft, Woodworking,
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    Life Scout
    15 year Scouter with my son from Tiger to Eagle plus a few years.
    Currently a Leatherwork Merit Badge Counselor

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  1. I'm trying to put together 3 sets Wood Badge leather stamps. Does anyone have some they would like to sell? I also need the OA leather stamps and a few Cub Scout and Boy Scout leather stamps. Please message me and I will send a complete list. Thanks, Dale
  2. I am trying to get all the Scout related leather stamps for several sets of stamps for our Council and 1 set that I am donating to the Council in Anchorage, Alaska. I am willing to pay a reasonable price or you could donate them to me.😉 Please contact me if you are willing to part with them. I know it's difficult, but if you haven't used them in a while, we could sure use them. Some stamps have different numbers so I will list all of them that I know.. I need the following stamps: 2 Finger Peace Sign - 8532 Cub Scout with the Type 2 (Pebbled) Background - 8215 or no # at all Cub Scout Tiger Badge Stamp - 8445 or no # at all Eagle with BSA on it - 8506, 8543, 8409 or no # at all There are 3 Different OA Stamps - 8511, 8411, 8508, 8545 or no# at all Wood Badge Axe & Log - 8507, 8544 or 8410 Wood Badge Fox - 8412 Wood Badge Buffalo - 8413 Wood Badge Antelope - 8414 Wood Badge Bear - 8415 Wood Badge Owl - 8416 Wood Badge Bobwhite - 8417 Wood Badge Beaver - 8418 Wood Badge Eagle - 8419 The 4 Craftool Girl Scout Stamps - 8483, 8484, 8485 and 8486. If you happen to have any leather stamps that you could donate, The Alaska Council could really use them. I have about 100 stamps that I'm sending out soon. Contact me and I can tell you if we need them. Thanks, Dale
  3. Anyone interested in trading leather stamps? I'm looking for multiples of all the Boy Scout, Cub Scout, Girl Scout, O.A. and Wood Badge Leather Stamps. Plus a lot more. Our Council has at least 5 sets of leather stamps I'm trying to add to. Four of the sets are smaller and loaned out to MB Counselors and used in CS Day Camps. The fifth stays at the Council and I'm trying to get as many different stamps as I can for it. I also want to have an extra or two of some stamps, especially the Scout stamps since we do occasionally lose one here and there. I have around 275 different 2D/3D leather stamps with a total over 700. Attached are 2 PDF files. One for The Leather Stamps I Want and the other is Extra Leather Stamps I Have. Most trades, I'm willing to give at least 2 of my stamps for each one of yours. Many I will give more and some a lot more. Especially for the red and yellow ones in my list. I want the trades to be fair for both of us. The stamps I have are in great condition and I would like the same from you. I'm NOT looking to get these stamps so I can resell them. They are for use with Scouts and other Youth Groups only. I am posting this on several forums so some stamps may not be available in addition to listing them on ebay. (d-prez) Contact me with what you have and which stamps you want for them. Thanks, Dale P.S. If you would like to donate any leather stamps and/or tools, instead of trading, it would be most appreciated. All donated stamps and tools go directly to the Council. Extra Leather Stamps to Sell or Trade.pdf Leather Stamps I Want.xlsb.pdf
  4. Anyone interested in trading leather stamps? I'm not looking to sell anything. Just trade. I'm looking for multiples of all the Boy Scout, Cub Scout, Girl Scout, O.A. and Wood Badge Leather Stamps. Plus a lot more. Our Council has at least 5 sets of leather stamps I'm trying to add to. Four of the sets are smaller and loaned out to MB Counselors and used in CS Day Camps. The fifth stays at the Council and I'm trying to get as many different stamps as I can for it. I also want to have an extra or two of some stamps, especially the Scout stamps since we do occasionally lose one here and there. I have around 275 different 2D/3D leather stamps with a total over 750. Attached are 2 PDF files. One for The Leather Stamps I Want and the other is Extra Leather Stamps I Have. Most trades, I'm willing to give at least 2 of my stamps for each one of yours. Many I will give more and some a lot more. Especially for the red and yellow ones in my list. I want the trades to be fair for both of us. The stamps I have are in great condition and I would like the same from you. If you would like to donate any leather stamps and/or tools, instead of trading, it would be most appreciated. All donated stamps and tools go directly to the Council. I'm NOT looking to get these stamps so I can resell them. They are for use with Scouts and other Youth Groups only. I will eventually have to sell the extras I currently have, but I really hate selling on ebay which is why I haven't done it yet. I am posting this on several forums so some stamps may not be available. Contact me with what you have and which stamps you want for them. I will try to get photos soon, but most likely won't get to it until after Christmas. Thanks, Dale 12 21 2019 Extra Leather Stamps.pdf 12 21 2019 Leather Stamps Wanted.pdf
  5. Anyone interested in trading leather stamps? I'm not looking to sell anything. Just trade. I'm looking for multiples of all the Boy Scout, Cub Scout, Girl Scout, O.A. and Wood Badge Leather Stamps. Plus a lot more. Our Council has at least 5 sets of leather stamps I'm trying to add to. Four of the sets are smaller and loaned out to MB Counselors and used in CS Day Camps. The fifth stays at the Council and I'm trying to get as many different stamps as I can for it. I also want to have an extra or two of some stamps, especially the Scout stamps since we do occasionally lose one here and there. I have around 275 different 2D/3D leather stamps with a total over 750. Attached are 2 PDF files. One for The Leather Stamps I Want and the other is Extra Leather Stamps I Have. Most trades, I'm willing to give at least 2 of my stamps for each one of yours. Many I will give more and some a lot more. Especially for the red and yellow ones in my list. I want the trades to be fair for both of us. The stamps I have are in great condition and I would like the same from you. If you would like to donate any leather stamps and/or tools, instead of trading, it would be most appreciated. All donated stamps and tools go directly to the Council. I'm NOT looking to get these stamps so I can resell them. They are for use with Scouts and other Youth Groups only. I will eventually have to sell the extras I currently have, but I really hate selling on ebay which is why I haven't done it yet. I am posting this on several forums so some stamps may not be available. Contact me with what you have and which stamps you want for them. I will try to get photos soon, but most likely won't get to it until after Christmas. Thanks, Dale 12 21 2019 Leather Stamps Wanted.pdf 12 21 2019 Extra Leather Stamps.pdf
  6. My anal retentive mind won't let do that. Maybe I should explain more. I want to make, or have made, some leather stamps of the uniform numerals. Along with the border and everything. and in different sizes. do several leatherworking MB courses throughout the year and am going to do them at one or more summer camps next year.
  7. I have looked at many fonts and cannot find any numbers that match the Unit Numeral Patches. Does anyone know if such a font actually exists? I noticed the CS and BS are different. I don't know about the others though. Thanks, Dale
  8. I'm looking for the following 3D leather stamps. Please contact me with what you have and the price you want for each stamp. Boy/Cub Scout Stamps 5 - Craftool 8506 - BSA Eagle 6 - Craftool 8543 - BSA Eagle 6 - Craftool 8508 - OA Indian Head 6 - Craftool 8545 - OA Indian Head 5 - Craftool 8511 - OA Round stamp with Arrow or 8411 - OA Round Stamp with Arrow 5 - Craftool No # - Cub Scout with Type 2 Background 4 - Craftool 8445 - Tiger Cub 2 - Craftool 8440 - Arrow of Light Wood Badge 6 - 8544, 8507 or 8410 - Axe & Log 4 - 8412 - Fox 5 - 8413 - Buffalo 6 - 8414 - Antelope 6 - 8415 - Bear 6 - 8416 - Owl 6 - 8417 - Bobwhite 1 - 8418 - Beaver 6 - 8419 - Eagle Girl Scout Stamps 5 - Craftool 8483 - Girl Scout Contemporary 5 - Craftool 8484 - Girl Scout Trefoil Traditional 3 - Craftool 8485 - Daisy Scout 5 - Craftool 8486 - Brownie Thank, Dale
  9. We can get 20 through easy enough. I think the main issue is that in a larger group there is less participation per scout during the discussion time. In addition getting all the blue cards signed there is a lot of waiting around. With an assistant or two, we would have the chance to work with the scouts that need to take a little longer (and I can assign the lanyard part to someone else). I really don't want to organize my own event. What I may do is work at the troop level. That way it could be from just a few scouts to the whole troop. We may have to meet several times since most troop meetings are only about 1.5 hours.
  10. Wow! I would love to have that few number of students. I can see that at a troop event. I'd be happy to get down to about a dozen.
  11. I was wondering what you think is the proper number of Scouts in a single Leatherwork Merit Badge Class should be? Our Council schedules 20 per class and up until recently it was for a 3 hour class. Now it is 4 hours. At 4 hours, by myself, I am able to get all the kids done and signed off. If I had an assistant, we might be able to get more Scouts through, but I'm not sure that is a good idea. Any thoughts?
  12. Several years ago, I sat in the leatherwork merit badge class at summer camp (as a Scouter). I had recently started leatherworking myself and wanted to see what they were teaching. The counselor was a Scout (not unusual at summer camps) and based on his knowledge, I'm not sure he did the merit badge himself. After camp I went to our council office and had a discussion with the director. I explained what I witnessed at the camp and this what he said. With some merit badge classes, the counselor is chosen by the process of, "whoever is not doing anything else at the time". That was even more disappointing. We then got into a deeper conversation about merit badges in general. I brought up the issue of the "Merit Badge" events and whether the kids were able to learn anything in the 3 hour classes. He said that kids today have a shorter attention spans and that most kids wouldn't go through the same process, I did as a scout, of finding a MBC and scheduling a time and actually reading the MB book before seeing the MBC. So they have to provide these opportunities for them. Fast forward a year and my son had turned 18 but I still wanted to stay involved. I decided to become a MBC for Leatherwork so I went to one of these events and assisted the MBC that was teaching the class. He actually had taught the class several times so I was looking forward to learning from someone that knew what they were doing. I was excited. The class started and after introductions he said, "I know what I'm doing because last night, I read the Leatherworking MB book 3 times". What? Sure he knew some of the basics but when asked some questions, he got them wrong. Then, on top of all that, they didn't even have any projects to work on. The had some suede mystery bracelets and leather lace. Nothing they could stamp on. So I went to the person in charge of merit badges at the event and told her the situation. She said, "there is nothing we can do about it now, so we have to use what we have". I explained that what they had was not enough to complete the merit badge and she said that the blue cards had to be signed. So I offered to run home and get some projects for the next class. I got back just in time for the class and offered to teach it while he observed and did all the paperwork. We were able to get all the requirements done but a few had to stay late to do it. So I've worked my way to be the "go to" person for any leatherworking. I've done some Cub Scout Day Camps and more MB classes. I did get them to change some things. We order the MB kits that come with everything they need to complete the class. Now the LW MB classes are 4 hours long instead of 3. I'm trying to get a helper in every class. Is it perfect? No. But we do manage to get all the requirements completed. Yes. Ideally, I'd like to spread the class over 2 days. This way the leather can have enough time to dry after dying. We can assemble the next day plus give them some extra time to stamp on some leather scraps just to have fun.
  13. In my effort to find the cheapest prices for leather tools I ran across some on ebay that I wanted to mention. The Native American Symbol set that Tandy sells I found with a seller from overseas. Tandy Price 29.99 + tax ebay price 12.85 including shipping. Same with the 8137 Alphabet and Number set. 8.52 including shipping from overseas. I'll give them a try and let you know they work out. I have ordered leatherworking tools from overseas before on ebay and amazon. It takes longer to receive and have not had issues with quality. Others have had quality problems. But when you buy a 250 piece tool set for 9.00 it's not going to be top quality. I think it depends on the items though. I am ordering 1 item at a time, not a group of items. If these test OK then I'll go to our Council with all the pricing. I'll post in another topic what I think a Leather tool kit for scouts should include.
  14. Thanks TMSM. That is a great project and method for teaching the scouts. I have thought of doing that same project but wondered if the scouts would like that particular project. I still have the one my Dad made from a tandy kit over 40 years ago. Can you tell me the approximate cost of each one? Most of what I talked about was for MB classes put on by the Council either at their office or other planned merit badge event like the Scout Expo. I have done classes with Girl Scouts and the projects are chosen by the girls since there is no official LW badge for them. One of the other things I want to accomplish is to work at the troop and pack level doing projects they choose. That way we can work over several meetings to get them done. I also want to make some videos for MB counselors on teaching the LWMB class, using the tools and doing the projects. Thanks
  15. I am planning an intermediate class that would be for both Scouts and Scouters. It would include a number of projects over several weeks. I want to put together a set of tools that they could take home to work on their projects between classes. It would include almost all the tools needed to complete most project kits, except finishing. Or, as part of the fee they get a starter set of tools and projects to begin with. Tandy has some nice sets and Springfield Leather will put together custom sets for me. I love Springfield Leather. The have been good to me and are very supportive of Scouts. I would probably start with 6 - 10 students and up to 24 after I get it down. I also want to do an advanced class where all the projects are created from scratch using patterns and templates. Full disclosure - I'm not particularly good at LW myself. I have to learn all the above stuff before I teach it. So I'm hoping to start the intermediate classes next year and the advanced, shortly after. I didn't mention it in the 1st post, but I was planning on being the LWMB Counselor at our summer camp this year. MB classes are scheduled 2hrs each for 4 days. I was going to go through the whole Tandy beginning tooling class using the swivel knife and stamps to make that stupid western flower. Then have them do projects that would cover the rest of the MB. Then with any free time they could buy kits at the trading post to complete if they wanted. But they decided to close the summer camp here in Las Vegas so I'm SOL. I've been putting together a list of the best prices for various tools needed for the above kits. Some at Tandy, Springfield Leather, Amazon and even from Japan and China. I just need to tap into the unlimited funds I think I have, but really don't. So i'm thinking of doing some fundraising on Kickstarter or GoFundMe. I've tried to get a couple of leatherworkers registered as MB Counselors but they show no interest at all. In fact, none of them would even help me learn new techniques or show me some finishing tips. As far as the display goes. Right now it's just a bunch of pieces I spread out on a table. I plan on glueing the different species of leather on a board as some have already disappeared. I want to also do the same with the other items that are tooled and create some of my own tooled examples. Most of my tooled samples are pieces that have been included with leather tools I bought on ebay. I've also picked up, from craigslist in Alaska, and auctions in Vegas, some hair on hides that I want to stretch out between 4-branch frames with leather lace. I tend to go overboard whenever I do something like this but I think it just adds to the experience. I would love to have display boards surrounding the whole room to make it an immersive experience.
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