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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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Watch Strap Patterns? - last post by Gregspitz

Leather Tools

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

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Anyone Use Plier Style Pric... - last post by electrathon

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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Nylon Webbing For Haybags - last post by HBARK

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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#277 Thread In Multiple Col... - last post by CustomDoug

Braiding

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

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Deerhide Lanyard?  And Cutt... - last post by Tracym

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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What Is Normal For Using A... - last post by lranger

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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Which Side Is Which On A Sn... - last post by KalL

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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Oakleaf Leather - last post by camano ridge