Getting to Know BraidingIf you didn't grow up making fancy hair braids with your friends or your dolls - a crafty life skill many boys miss out on - braiding can at first seem like a wildly complex maneuver, but it's actually very simple and repetitive. Sandy found it helpful to follow this handy YouTube video by John Zhu which shows how to braid with easy-to-follow color coded straps: https://youtu.be/1Svt-Ba5ePY
Working With Different Bar StylesSandi's bike doesn't have brakes mid-way down her drop bars, they are at the top of the handlebars. With no brake hood to hide the stitched-on section, she came up with a clever solution. After sewing on this section, she rotated the wraps so that the stitched part was hidden on the underside of the drop bars.
Finishing the BraidSandi also had a unique way of tying off the leather to finish the braid. "I wrapped my entire bar and tucked the ends into the holes at the tip of the bars. Nothing was cut. The only tape applied is what's binding the end wraps at the masthead of the bar," she explains.
Learning the Walnut WayWalnut's founder and master product maker Geoff Franklin put together a tutorial for how to install our Bullwhip Leather Bar Wraps. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRxo6D53lHo]
A Gorgeous Job Well DoneAfter the project was finished, Sandi was rather satisfied. "They feel great!" she said. Beautiful work, Sandi! Thanks for the great tips. If you've got a unique process for incorporating Walnut Studiolo products into your life and your projects, we'd love to hear about it! Simply drop us a line to share your project.
We Make it Easy - Watch the VideosNo matter what Walnut Studiolo product you're installing, we make it easy. Check out our series of product tutorials on our YouTube channel.
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