They call me Dr. Glove or Glove Dr.

This one is just for funsies and is in honor of our Little League opening day yesterday.

There are very few things men get sentimental about, but their baseball glove is one of them. The bond between a man and his glove is as timeless as the clock in a DMV waiting area. I don’t know why we form such a strong bond. Could it be because we spend so much time with these gnarly leather pouches? Is it the possibility they have saved our lives on several occasions? The reasons may be unclear but the connection is undeniably strong. In our modern society things that break are often just replaced instead of repaired, the baseball glove is an exception to this tendency. Repairing gloves is just what we do. How weird would it be to find an iPhone or refrigerator repair kit at Walmart? I have had the opportunity to repair many gloves through the years. I really enjoy injecting new life into something that people get so much joy out of using. I also find it to be one of my most therapeutic projects, I usually smile the whole time I am working. Recently a friend of mine had a glove that belonged to his college aged son when he was still in little league that had developed a rip in the webbing right in the pocket. This glove is extra special because his youngest son is now using it so I was excited to offer my help.

The damage.

The damage

The most difficult part of repairing a glove, and the part that often takes the most time, is understanding the way it was built before. The leather string on this model of Easton glove was designed to duplicate the way a baseball is stitched. This design is mostly for looks and is along the pocket of the glove. Luckily for me some of the damaged string was left in the glove and there was also a separate area on the glove that used the same pattern and it was still in one piece. This made it easier to understand and duplicate the previous string pattern.

The tools for restringing a glove are simple. The main tool is called a pull needle. It is used to pull the leather string through the existing holes. The needle is pushed through the hole then the leather is slipped into the needle hole then pulling back on the needle causes the leather to also be pulled through the hole.

The Pull needle is on the left. The leather string can be purchased at most sporting goods stores

The pull needle is on the right. The leather string can be purchased at most sporting goods stores. This leather string had a twisted wire attached to it to make it easier to pull.

Following the old string and pulling it out as I go.

Following the old string and pulling it out as I go

Ready to pull the wire with the string attached.

Pulling the wire with the leather string attached

ready to start pulling it together

Ready to start pulling it together

steady as she goes

Steady as she goes

The above picture is the best I could get of the stringing process. It was taken of the inside of the glove. I really need to start doing videos for these kind of jobs, it’s close to impossible to describe the process using words. I’m no Tolkien. Like I mentioned before the most difficult part of restiching a glove is understanding how the glove was originally done and then copying that pattern. I think this one turned out really nice.

and done

….and done

My helper....... or my watcher, depends on your point of view

My helper……. or my watcher, depends on your point of view

-Aaron

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