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Anybody here dabble in leathercraft?

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Brian in Oregon, Nov 19, 2010.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    I did leatherwork as a kid. It's fun, and it isn't that difficult to do, though some of the more intricate patterns require some reasonable amount of art skill.

    Yes, it can be time consuming. Anything worth doing right is going to be. And leatherwork at first is definitely going to take time to do it right.

    The problem is the tools are not cheap. On the other hand, most are built to last a lifetime. Get what you need to make plain items at first. Like belts. If you want to emboss them, get tools for making simple borders and basketweave patterns. Alphabet stamp sets are expensive, especially when you discover you need several sizes. What you really need are cutting and trimming tools, punches for belt buckles, and riveting tools. Embellish from there.

    The cost of leather itself at Tandy isn't cheap. You might search for other leather outlets.
  2. Tom@eel

    Tom@eel Member

    Apr 29, 2010
    Steve, Tandy is far from my favorite source of tools and fasteners. Check this out http://www.ohiotravelbag.com/. Very cool on-line catalog, if they don't have it, it's probably not out there. Got this from Donny Weaver, bag maker.

    Have fun, it's great to do it yourself,
    Tom Stephens
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