I'm sorry to hear, Amanita. That is amazing leather work - I've tooled leather before and it is incredibly time-consuming due to the size of the tools you use. This is why I stress progress photos for the judges, in case they do question the work. Though honestly, with judges like the ones you experienced, I'm wondering if that would have done any good at all. :/
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