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Daily Archives: September 7, 2008

>A Wet Chamois Leather Flogger Is Born – Part Three, Cutting The Chamois And Attaching It To The Handle


If you have missed part one and two of this posting series you can read them from the following links.

A Wet Chamois Leather Flogger Is Born – Part One

A Wet Chamois Leather Flogger Is Born – Part two, The Handle Base And Marking Out the Chamois

Note:- The glue used in this part of the project was a strong, slow setting, water resistant, multipurpose bonding agent.

Cutting the chamois

Well this is a “Warts and all” project, so now I can prove that. The original idea was to cut the chamois with a Stanley knife, this proved to create too raggedy an edge. So then I tried a scalpel, this was better but very time consuming and was still not accurate enough. Finally a combination of scalpel, to start a cut and sharp scissors to cut the main line turned out to be the best option. The tails where cut first and then the outside of the flogger shape was cut out.

And this is the cut chamois, a little rougher than I had hoped but it would do it is still perfectly serviceable. The off cuts where kept for later use.

Attaching the chamois

First the surface of the wood was lightly sanded to give the glue a better surface to key to. care was taken not to sand through the three layers of marine varnish, leaving the wood water resistant.

A piece of the off cut chamois was glued to the busyness end of the handle and trimmed. A rounded end pin was driven into the center of the handle, this is purely decorative, a blob of glue was put where the pin was driven in so that it would coat the pin and create a water tight seal, where the pin enters the wood.

Glue was then applied to the end 5cm of the handle and spread evenly with a piece of scrap wood.

the end of the chamois was then rolled onto the handle. When one complete revolution had been made glue was progressively applied to the chamois as the rest was rolled onto the handle.

Small blobs of glue where then put onto the outside of the chamois and small pins where driven through to the wood. I could not find pins small enough for this so when the pins where far enough into the wood I cut them off with a pair of pincers and hammered the protruding part of the pin over into the chamois. A spot of glue was spread over the end of the pins, to help keep the water resistant seal. Eight pins where used around the handle to help secure the chamois.

As the photograph above shows the flogger is now staring to take shape. It will now be hung up, for 24 hours, so that the glue can set properly.

Next in this series:- work continues on the handle.