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I chose to provide one child in Africa with clean drinking water for 2 years.
I imagine a small village of 30-40 somewhere in the Congo and everyday around noon a mysterious man wearing safari gear and a backpack strolls into the village amongst the daily hustle and bustle of village life. He quietly walks past the village women drawing dirty water from a dilapidated old well and kneels before Indembe (the recipient of your generosity) and while 8 other children gaze in envy, he unslings his backpack, pulls from it a 1 Liter bottle of Sparklets Purified Drinking Water that has been carefully packed in ice and pours it into a glistening clean glass. He hands the water to Indembe, who chugs it down instantly. He then retrieves the glass and returns it to his backpack next to the half empty bottle of water, slings the backpack over his shoulders and just as quickly as he came....he is gone.
 

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Anyone have a custom Leather strap maker they recommend?
I know a ton of them:


Simona Destefano

Toshi Straps

Combat Straps (Aaron Bespoke)

Wotancraft

Greg Stevens

Micah Vintager Straps

That should get you started....I know of at least 15 more.

Also, nothing more satisfying than making your own. Not that hard. I started doing it after spending thousands over the years on straps. Now I only buy a couple straps a year from the above makers.
 
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Is there a site you used to get started with this, I’ve found some buckles I’d love to incorporate into it, but woefullly ignorant of any shortcuts or proper things to take into account on making my own.

I ruined my original leather band, either through all the “covid hand sanitizers” and she, thoughtfully to her credit bought me a new one.BUT she got me this awful “leather” that’s....painted leather and doesn’t form the patina natural leather develops over time and I hate it.
I use Tandy Leather for most of my straps. You can find some pretty decent sides for as low as $189. Stick to leather in the 4oz.-7oz. range and you won’t have to split the hide to make a 2mm-4mm strap. YouTube has several videos on strap making and saddle stitching. Your first couple straps will be shit, but after you get the hang of skiving and the saddle stitch method ; your 3rd or 4th try should yield a wearable strap. Then you’ll realize that you still have enough leather left over to make 100 more and that’s when the real fun begins.
 
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