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One of the things that's much easier to get at Pennsic than anywhere else I normally go is leather lacing.
I went to Spotted Pony Traders and bought four 72" laces made from what must be deerskin or calfskin leather since it's soft "like buttah" to make this braid. I started out doing a 4-strand braid to make the loop in the center. It was a royal pain to keep the laces from flipping around while braiding. Once I switched to the 8-strand "Edo Yatsu" to complete the braid, it became much easier to keep the laces flat while braiding, so the exterior is entirely the smooth side of the laces.
2009.08.21 at 12:00am EDT
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