I was late for school, 2nd grade, the day Challenger exploded. The entire building was silent except for someone talking on the intercom, and I didn’t have enough context to understand what was happening, only that it was bad.
The National Seabee Monument is along the drive (walk, in my case) to Arlington National Cemetery:
The SEABEE Memorial at Arlington, VA was sculpted by a former SEABEE, Felix de Weldon who also sculpted the world famous USMC Memorial, also at Arlington. The SEABEE Memorial has a number of large panels depicting the many missions that SEABEES have undertaken around the world, in war and peace since 1942.
Title is from the inscription along the bottom of the back panel:
With willing hearts and skillful hands, the difficult we do at once. The impossible takes a bit longer!
The Linkin Park memorial. Apparently, their contribution to music has already been recognized and commemorated by the people that run this town.
I may be mistaking one or two of the details. It was noisy and I hadn’t had much coffee yet.
This will be a notebook cover. I measured and cut, and then went around the edge with a groover and then the stitching wheel to mark where to punch the holes. I punched a lot of holes.
After casing the leather (carefully wetting it so it gets soft and will take imprint) and tracing the design, I tooled it in with punches and mallet, and then rubbed the whole piece with coconut oil to keep it soft. Coconut oil has a pretty low melting point–it turns to liquid in your hand–and solidifies rapidly again as it cools (the whitish gunk). After the leather dries, I will use a heat gun (carefully) to re-melt the oil and then wipe off the excess. Then comes dyeing the leather, putting a finish on it, sewing the lining in, and burnishing the edges.
And no, coconut oil is not one of the “normal” things you would treat the leather with, but it’s what I have until I buy some neatsfoot or linseed oil.
I will not likely get promoted this FY, so I should be able to use this cover for a while.
For the curious, the aforementioned measuring, cutting, punching (of holes), casing, tracing, tooling, and rubbing ran me about the length of The Dark Knight up until Harvey kidnaps Gordon’s family. I wasn’t in any particular hurry, though.
Edit: It turned out nicely.