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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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Loupes - last post by cradom

Leather Tools

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

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Mystery Swivelknife - last post by TinkerTailor

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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Nos Simanco Parts - last post by 480volt

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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Leather/thread Color Combin... - last post by victorl

Braiding

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

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A Braid Re-Discovered. But... - last post by KnotHead

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 kwalk20

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 WinterBear

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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Sheepskin Rug Cleaning Process - last post by pokerinot