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    Leather for handles

    I got an email from my upholstery shop friend this morning. He's doing some chairs with my favorite handle-covering leather and has some scraps for me. I've got a bunch to do, so I wasted no time getting down to his shop. It was well worth it!


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    Any interest in wrapping the handle from my O31? I am paying premium wages!

    Seriously, it's the only thing left to do on the restoration and it's been almost 2 years. I just don't have the time any more.

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    Send me a private email;

    I also noticed that your location did not show up on the heading of your post.

    I would like to suggest something to you. It would be helpful if others knew where you are located so they would have an appreciation for your proximity to them. This would help in the event they, or you, are looking for advice or parts or services from other members that may be close to your location, or for estimating shipping costs. It would also be helpful in providing location specific advice.

    It would also prevent them from asking about your locations over and over again.

    All you have to do is to click on your user ID, then on About Me, and then on the symbol next to Location to edit it, add your location in the box, and Save.

    You can be as specific or as general as you would like: just give us an idea of where you are, please. Thanks.

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    More leather from Hank

    I got another call from my upholstery guy saying he had more leather for me. He gave me three huge pieces and a bag of scraps big enough for many handles. Looks like I'm set for a while!

    How'd you like your handle, Brett?


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    Senior Member Lanso's Avatar
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    Long Beach, CA
    I have a few handles that should be recovered, how much do you charge?

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    Carmel, IN 46032
    I think I am ready to make the plunge into recovering my 41C handle. Thought about buying a replacement from Gerstner; however, the new handle is not as "arched" and the hardware is a bit different style with the new shiny nickel appearance being noticeably different from the patina of my original hardware. I found a nice scrap piece of leather in a large bin at an antique store for $4.50 (Westfield, IN, area). Stopped by a well respected auto upholstery shop where I had some work done before and the owner (apologetically) said the labor would have to be around $100. He emphasized it would be a labor intensive project and meanwhile I'm thinking my time is free. My handle does not need any work on the paper windings underlayment, just the leather cover is damaged. My thanks to Terry Rushbrook's Shutterfly website where he has the instructions well documented. Now it is just a matter of making an attempt!

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    I hope your attempt at recovering your handle went well. I normally get $50.00 per handle, unless you're a surfer from California; then it's $100.00.

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    More leather

    I drove by my upholsterer's shop this afternoon and he rushed out to my truck with another armful of leather scraps, too small for his uses, but just right for mine.



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