Fabrication

The art of making items from leather.

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  1. Sharpen it!

    Leatherworkers need sharp tools to do the best work. Find out how to sharpen knives and blades, and share your success stories!

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  2. Leather Tools

    Leather tools have specialized uses. Learn about available tools, how to care for them, sharpening, and safety.

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  3. Leather Sewing Machines

    Lighter weight leathers can be sewn on home machines, but the tough stuff requires commercial or industrial sewing machines. They can be tricky to set up and operate, but can't be beat for production work.

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  4. Leather Machinery

    Leather clickers, burnishers, splitters, and other leather machinery that doesn't sew.

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  5. Patterns and Templates

    Learn how to create your own, or how to use standard patterns.

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  6. Sewing Leather

    Whether you sew by hand or by machine, stitching can add beauty and durability to your work. Discuss lacing, appliqué, embroidery and the like here.

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  7. Braiding

    From whips to purse straps, braiding leather is an art of its own.

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  8. Hardware and Accessories

    Snaps, rivets, clasps, D & O rings, conchos and the like. Your project needs hardware that can handle the stress placed on it, and retain its appearance through the years.

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  9. Exotics, Reptiles, Furs and others

    It takes special expertise to use exotic leathers and furs. Find out more about these "rare" critters here.

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  10. All About Leather

    Latigo & Harness Leathers are treated with waxes and oils to resist water and limit stretching. Garment leather is not just from cows, it includes deerskin, pigskin, goatskin, sheepskin, suede/splits, and other lightweight leathers. Upholstery leather is heavier weight and may require a commercial machine. Rawhide is not tanned, and has excellent properties for forming. It is not the leather your shoelaces are made from. Vegetable tanned leather is the only type of leather that will absorb water enough to stamp or carve.

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