Any Leathercrafters Here?

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  1. Dec 31, 2017 #31

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    Very nice!
     
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    Bucky has got a new home.....I can't for the life of me under stand why an $80 knife would come with a plastic sheath ...30 years ago this blade would have come with a leather holster and I would not have had to make one for it... but any who here is a few of the items I've crafted with some leather...
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    Very nice, church!
    I went to the closest Tandy store last Saturday, and unfortunately, it was almost closing time. I walked the aisles and took a quick inventory of what I can get there. I grabbed a catalog as I left, but wished I had grabbed one for my daughter as well. I will go back another time, and will get one for her then. She wants to upholster the seats of the VW bus in leather. Her friend has an industrial sewing machine that sews leather. He is a great friend, and he and I have hung out at a few holiday dinners, so I am hoping he will let me use his machine. I do want to make a nice leather purse and some leather bags--maybe a backpack and a duffel bag, along with a few other items.
     
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    Weedy,
    Make your bags out of a lighter, more durable material than leather. Packs and duffel bags get heavy enough without starting heavy. ;)
     
  5. Jan 23, 2018 #35

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    Thank you for this advice. Such as canvas? Upholstery fabric? Nylon? What do you recommend?

    I do want to make a very durable purse out of leather.
     
  6. Jan 23, 2018 #36

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    Thanks for starting this thread! I've never done leather work, but for some reason in the past several months I've really been drawn to it. Seeing this thread and all this beautiful show and tell, well, it just feels like another little spiritual nudge in that direction. Tandy's isn't near us, but it's within driving distance for the occasional class - I'll have to check that out.

    Thanks to everyone posting their pics and sharing their creativity! It's inspiring (and I'm smelling leather right now... lol)
     
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    DSCF3702.JPG DSCF3716.JPG DSCF3702.JPG hey weedygarden .... I am by no means a professional...but if I might offer a few words of advice ...it would be ... a good pair of yellow wiss snipes for cutting ...scissors are ok but the snipes are less strain on your hand and cut leather quite well....and #2 dermal...don't pouch holes drill them it seems to work well for me....all the rest is thought thinking it through before you cut or drill...here's a few things that might give you an ideal or two a small one compartment pack I made from goat skin an sheep skin from start to finish....
     

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    Thank you. I am just now seeing this.
     
  9. Feb 5, 2018 #39

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    Taking an intro class at Tandy this weekend! :lil guy:
     
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    I didn't even realize they had classes. I will have to investigate those as well. I want to hear what you make, what you learn and how you liked it, please.
     
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    Will do.

    Just as an FYI, I checked the website for the closest Tandy to me, but didn't see any classes listed. But I found a series of videos on YouTube that made me feel like "I can do that" and decided I would get the materials (or at least some of them - it's expensive!) and give it a try. When I got to the store, they had fliers listing some simple intro classes. So you may need to make a phone call to your local store as well as checking their website.

    The videos I'm talking about are on the Tandy channel on YouTube - they're by Jim Linnell and he makes a wallet (something like 13 videos?). The first half of the videos deal with stamping and tooling, and I highly recommend watching them in order, if you get the chance.
     
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    Thanks. I will check out Youtube as well as the store.
     
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    Lots of good videos! Thank you!
     
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    Tandy leather company has kits for beginners. Very nice way to see if you like the craft.
     
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    @goshengirl how as the class?
     
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    Love the pics! I do more leather repair than 'leather work'. I have a knife that someone made me, and I've been planning my knife sheath. I bought the leather about 2 months ago and it sits in a corner. I did make a pocket holster for my .380 years ago. I'll post it here. Of course it's a video..... that's all i've been doing for the past 7 years.

     
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    It was a good class (a leather tooling class - I was the only student, lol) One of those "follow along with the instructor" classes, gave me a good chance to try a variety of different tools. I'd bought some supplies to work with the other week, but was afraid to start anything - but now that I've actually cut into leather in the class, it's like an ice-breaker. I'm not so hesitant to start a project on my own now.

    Here's what I did - not my style, but I enjoyed trying the different tools:
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    looks like a good start, good for you
     
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    The basic stamping tools were straightforward, but the shading tools require a lot more finesse (at least, for me).
    But it was good to just start handling the leather, and to be in the store and see some of the things other folks are doing - lots of ideas. So I would definitely recommend taking a class if someone were interested.
     
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    I remember that tooling is tricky and that you have to be very careful to get it right. That is what I remember from my childhood experiences of working with leather. I did get a Tandy catalog and saw the kits. I need to figure out about taking some classes.
     

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