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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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Farrier Chaps Pattern - last post by camano ridge

Leather Tools

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

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Can Anyone Id These Tools? - last post by WyomingSlick

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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Setting Prym Snaps - last post by Tree Reaper

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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Sew Inside Fingers Of Gloves? - last post by LTC

Braiding

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

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Rawhide Choker - last post by Sovran81

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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Question About Enduro Servo... - last post by Tom Spivak

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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Ostrich Eu - last post by welshedd

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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English Saddle Billets - last post by dbusarow