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The art of making items from leather.

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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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Getting Rid Of The Burr - last post by rickdroid

Leather Tools

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

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This Is What Happens When Y... - last post by penguineer

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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Beginner Having Problem Wit... - last post by jimi

Leather Machinery

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

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Leather Spliting Machine - last post by Needle Crook

Patterns and Templates

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

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Another Pattern Site I Found - last post by horselady21

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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794 Machine Needles - last post by herbworff

Braiding

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

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Maybe A Silly Question? - last post by CharlieR

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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Uk Hardware Suppliers - last post by thunter9

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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Beaver Tails - last post by whistler

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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Older, Dried, Prefinished L... - last post by llucas