I very much admire your DIY approach from the start here, but I can't help but agree with the above responses. I can see cupping already in the second picture showing the strop as held. Treat the bottom as a barber's end instead (index finger held beneath acts as a support there, with an independent metal clamp or bridge spanning support at the top), but this will probably demand a slightly longer piece of leather. Don't know why, but one of those office-type clips analogous to a classic clipboard immediately "springs" to mind as a support at the top--this could then be fastened to the wall, door, towel rack, whatever, via a leather shoelace. Nobody's question about the surface finish also holds true. I've had good look attacking generic leather surfaces with a 200x, 400x, 600x wet-dry sandpaper sequence, using circular strokes and a small matchbox-sized block of wood. The resulting exposed finish, resembles Russian leather. So, how to treat it beyond this, if needed?
Last edited by Alum of Potash; 07-09-2012 at 08:53 PM.
Wales is not like Arkansas in any way (with apologies to John Cale).