Saturday, December 31, 2011

Barry King Tools

Finally my Barry King maul and hammer style mallet arrived today after two weeks in the mail and a few days at the Norwegian customs... which made them even more expensive, but wort every penny and now they are here.. so this is like Christmas eve on New Years day.. :-) The leather piece they are "posing" on is my new project. Tooling a kind of round office stool..

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Leather craft tools..

Some of my new leathercraft toys.. my Christmas gift from me to me.. Actually Motörhead was the reason I could afford this lot.. also waiting on one Barry King hammer-style Mallet and one round Maul, which I´m really exited about to check out.. and some rare eBay finds, that hash´t arrived yet.

Searching eBay for leather craft tool is dangerous!!! So much rare and cool vintage stuff, but also so much expensive and overpriced stuff.. Many of the punches are bought at Skinnlåven in Norway.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Leather - Sheridan style...?

Trying to figure out the Sheridan "country & western" style on some scrap leather.. which I will be tooling on an office stool.

Airbrush - Skull

A while ago I airbrushed this skull on the wall at Knut Olavs garage, but after the garage was relocated, he cut out the piece from the wall and placed it at his kitchen at home instead. it´s nice to see when my work is valued that way.. :-)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Online articles about the Victory / Motörhead leather solo seats I made.., and have all written about the Victory/Motörhead collaboration, which I made leather solo seats for. I know also a magazine or two will write about it as well. The bikes will also be shown at a Motor show in Sweden, then shipped to each of the guys in Motörhead..

It´s no secret that Lemmy is a thirsty guy, but he said he would drink less, so he actually can ride his bike! Time will show.. :-)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Proud moment, meeting the guys of Motörhead & Video of the unveiling..

A proud moment meeting the guys after unveiling the bikes.. Lemmy shaked my hand and said "fucking awesome" about the leather seat I made for his Victory signature model... :-) They where all very exited about the bikes.. great guys!

The photo at the top is taken by Morten Andersen of Biker Journalen motorcycle magazine.

Video of the unveiling at Hard Rock Cafe in Oslo after the concert at Sentrum Scene, December 5th.:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Victory Motorcycles / Motörhead - Leather Solo Seats

About a month ago or so, I was contacted by CBP (Custom Bike Parts) in Skien and asked if I was able to, and wanted to make four custom solo seats with motive in leather, in only one month!! Usually I say I want at least three weeks to make one seat (of course I don´t work all the time then, but with an upholstery job beside and other projects as well, things take time).

This job was for Victory Motorcycles which planned four Motörhead signature models customized by CBP, painted by Terje Aspmo and seats by me if I wanted, so I just had to say yes! No doubt, even tho I had no idea how much time this should take... anyway, Motörhaed was coming to Norway, December 5th. so it was better to start focus on how to pull this job off!

I had to make templates for seven parts which had to fit perfectly on each seat, and then they had to be laced together. Lacing is kind of sewing by hand, only twice as far to get the cross stitches with a leather strap. Also three of the seats had to be dyed black with the motive in vintage brown, which takes time...

I´m not complaining, just forgot how much time these things take, so I worked almost 24/7 for a month, and was finished Monday morning Novembre 28th at 05:30 AM. A couple of houres before the promised delivery!

They where picked up by a courier early the next morning, and I was a little concerned about how they would fit. Not that I thought I had done anything wrong, but when things have to be perfect, and without an Victory 8 Ball model available to check the fitting it´s a little scary with no time to make changes. Later that day, I got a message that the seats was awesome and the colors was perfect with the custom paint.

Yesterday I was at Hard Rock Cafe in Oslo for the after party, after the Motörhead concert and the bikes are unveiled with a press release, and it seems like everyone is satisfied!

Below you´ll see some photos of the process of making these Motörhead skull seats, if you aren´t exhausted and have moved on...