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Riggers Palm Seaming - Water Buffalo Hide

To Brion from Bob: My design is based on a palm made for me in 1972 by Stan (last name long forgotten) at Ulmer Sails in Annapolis. I was working for Murphy&Nye and doing a lot of hand work; that was all there was. High pressure rings were still two years away, so I learned all the ole hand techniques from Master Sailmaker Allen MacKenzie. He had learned from his grandfather, John MacKenzie&Sons on the Clyde River in Scotland. And that palm blended exactly to the shape of my small hand. I retired that palm several years ago and took up the task of learning to make palms.Use it...a lot and it will shape to your hand. One more story: there was one time (before I got the palm made for me) that I was using a really old beat up Smith&Sons palm. The iron hole was worn away exposing the iron. The needle slipped backwards off the iron and entered eye first into my forearm. Needle and thread were sticking out the hole. Allen suggested a tetanus shot and a custom made palm. Done. 'course he also suggested I pee on my hands to toughen 'em. I still wonder 'bout that one. Go Well -- Bob From Brion to Bob: Hi there, Iíve just about finished molding that palm, and am really liking it. Yours, Brion