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Fabrication

The art of making items from leather.

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Patterns and Templates

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

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Shoulder Holster - last post by tanglang69

Leather Tools

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

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Vintage Tandy Head Knife. - last post by StrigaMort

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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Rivet Setter From Ebay? - last post by Sylvia

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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N00B Saddle Stitch Question... - last post by billybopp

Braiding

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

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Buffalo Calf Bosal - last post by Greg Tidwell

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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29K13 Stitching Issues - last post by needles

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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The Best Way To Cut And Tri... - last post by MuddyClearWaters

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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Drawn Leather - last post by barehandcustoms