Norton Custom Leather

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About Norton Custom Leather

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  • Birthday 12/06/1970

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    I like the challenge in making custom leather products that can't be found in any store.
    Meeting with other leather crafters to expand both our skills.
    Only product I will not do is boots. There are enough quality boot makers already.

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
    Custom Anything
  • Interested in learning about
    Anything leather I haven't learned yet
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  1. How do I prevent fabric liners from bunching and wrinkling?

    any time you do a project that will fold, you should do said project slightly folded when in production. this will reduce the crinkle. remember the fabric will stretch
  2. Best weight leather for a front pocket notebook cover?

    that would depend on what you want to do with the front. any heavy tooling would require heaver weight leather. 3-4 oz is a good weight that you can mold & do light tooling.
  3. Show inventor

    if the show is 2 days you should have no less than 50 per day. this allows you to have the most common colors & designs. with color & design, don't be nervous about having blank & natural. you may be surprised.
  4. Swedish bandolier

    like it. try Springfield Leather Company or Weaver & Ohio travel bag for the buckles. SLC can order from Ohio at cost then sell to you so you don't have to order 150 buckles. Ohio has a minimum limit on the orders
  5. New cartridge bag

    have to agree with billy, the buckles look fine. If you were entering a competition that required you to stay within the period then yea change them. If the customer wants something done a certain way I do it also, i will show them options to see if their mind changes. i have several customers that have told me to do that thing i do & they keep wanting more.
  6. Starter

    get ahold of Springfield Leather Company, they have the Chan Geer book that is step by step.
  7. Cowboy Sewing Machine Dealers

    not cowboy. SLC has on site the cobra & some others. Great to deal with thats where I got mine.
  8. Start-up Tool List

    sent you a message with my email
  9. Looking for LW to make a laptop bag out of elephant hide

    if you are still looking & would like discuss this i work with exotic leathers. email me
  10. Question on the size of a hide for a project

    if you have a pattern or measurements you could get in contact with a tailor who should be able to tell you. if not get in touch with springfield leather in missouri & they should be able to help
  11. Big knife sheath question

    that depends on the support that he wants. i am doing a sheath now for a customer that wants a sturdy low flex knife sheath. the sheath will be bout 26 oz. extremely thick i know. it is for an original bowie knife with a bone handle. the outside of the sheath is shark is shark & the flexibility will be very little where the blade is supported. 8-9oz i a good start & can make a sturdy sheath. best to do is get some examples for the customer to look at. see what conditions it will be used in. then decide on thickness.
  12. Airbrushing antique

    yes but why would you? the antique dye is for just that, creating the antique look. airbrushing will not allow the look.
  13. Can I build my store sign out of leather?

    no! leather like skin it has moisture. if the moisture is taken away it cracks, splits then breaks. too much water it slips & breaks. i have dealt with this issue many times with customers who have tried to dry their leather goods. oh i used the wife's hair dryer for only a second. P.I.T.A. to fix. neats foot oil is your best bet in keeping it moist. right off the start use neats foot oil. it will save you. lexon is another great product
  14. First sheath

    lets start at the top: 1. your knife will cut through your sheath. reason is you need to apply a center rib. this rib goes between the two sewn sides of the sheath. 2. most do not want the knife handle rubbing on their side, so you could lengthen the belt loop to drop the knife down. 3. trim your edges to be the same length from stitch to edge & burnish. this gives a clean look
  15. Hello from Russia

    late reply, apologies, work has been extreme. i do all my stitching by hand. seems every time I get centered on a machine I change my mind. who do you have for suppliers near you? I am always looking for the old school tools also if you ever see any. i use to have loads of them until my dad passed away & his girlfriend supposedly got rid of them. they were bought from man who was a friend of the family & the only actual cowboy iv ever met & lived in the country all my life.