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  1. Hey guys! My name is Jon. I own a small leather shop in Castroville, Texas called Spartan Custom Leather. Right now we have a 2.5 - 3 year wait list on new custom orders and need a little help catching up. If you would like to get paid to do some leatherwork, please text me and send a few pics of your work to 210-381-1299. Thank you.
  2. Texas Custom Dies

    I did a blog post review of Texas Leather Dies. I won't recreate it here, but the condensed version is --they are amazing. Ten outta ten! If you'd like the details, check it out on my website at https://www.BruceGibsonDesign.com If you're in the market for clicker dies, mallet dies, etc., I highly recommend these folks. They are also Leatherworker.net supporters. Awesome all-around!
  3. Stamp makers

    I have been doing leather working for roughly a year now, and have had a few commissions, and I have a few in line now. I have already had my logo created by a professional artist, with the intent of having it made into a makers stamp. So far, my research is limited as I do not have hardly any access to the internet unless I am at the office. I tried Buckeye, and they have not responded back after some more details on what I want. I found a local shop that I visited this morning and the price he gave me (also while telling me they may not be able to get as much detail as I would like) a price that about gave me a heart attack.... $265. I am looking for a recommendation on a company to get my logo, which is my icon here...created. Appreciate any and all help.
  4. My latest knife sheath

    Haven't posted for awhile and thought I'd share this. I did this sheath for a custom knife maker that had a customer wanting a leather sheath with tooling.
  5. For a new line of bracelets I'm looking for magnetic bracelet clasps with our logo. I spend a lot of time finding a supplier in China, but unfortunately this seems like a never ending road leading nowhere... Anyone knows a supplier who can make this kind of hardware? Doesn't necessarily have to be our own design, some kind of standard clasp than can be customised might be just as interesting :-) All help we be very much appreciated! Have a great day! Frank Franc & Hanz | Bespoke and handmade bags & cases www.franc-hanz.com
  6. Custom Tooled Wedge Sandals

    LOOKING FOR A LEATHER WORKER TO COLLAB WITH...READ ALL PLEASE... I built these wedge sandals in collaboration with a talented leather worker. I sent the "template" over that I had drawn up, he tooled the pieces to my specs and sent them to me individually just as flat pieces....I took it from there and built these from the ground up...I added the leather turquoise inlays on the wedge portion, attached all leather to build the shoe as well as all embellishments which include brass studs, buckles, custom conchos, hand cut venice lace, etc...There are a lot of versions of tooled soes out there now a days, yet I have still had about 100 people reach out to me to make them a pair. I am still learning to tool leather and am not near ready enough to do justice to a project like this for a anyone and am looking for a leather worker to collaborate with to make several pairs of these...I also have made several pairs of wedding and party shoes which I have included pictures of with full glitter heels and soles... pricing can be discussed with anyone seriously interested :-) Thanks for looking and hoe you all love the design
  7. From the album Campbell Leatherworks

    This is how it turned out. Tell me what you think?
  8. Odd Custom Requests

    Do you ever want to talk a customer out of their custom order/idea. At the last gun show, I got a few doozies. One fellow asked for a 3" wide belt ... 3" wide. He wanted to wear it over his hunting gear. I measured him on my sizing belt, I asked him a second and third time, "Three Inches??!!" Yep. "You realize that's essentially a weight lifting belt." Yep. "You realize that's wider than any duty belt." Yep. I had to get the buckle from Weaver, and I'm sure it's intended for use as a Draft Horse tack. I applied a reasonable upcharge and just finished the belt .... I'll keep you posted. Another guy, who just took delivery on IWBs for a Charter Arms Bulldog 44 and a Ruger Security Six promptly ordered a crossdraw IWB for a full size 1911. You may not think that's odd, but this fellow stands about 5'2". I wondered to my table mates if he ever sits down. Of all the orders I had last month, NOT ONE did I have a pattern for. Two required using a live firearm (fortunately, the same Glock 40 (yes, an IWB as well!)) and I'm now, apparently in the bodybuilding industry. Is it just me, or is this par for the "Custom" course?
  9. San Francisco Craft Fairs

    I was wondering if anybody here from the San Francisco area has any recommendations for craft fairs or trade shows in the area. I'm not looking for fetish or that kind of fair, just places where leather art is displayed, sold, etc.
  10. Cowboys Belt

    From the album Campbell Leatherworks

  11. Hey guys, am new to the site. I ran into a little bit of a snag which is what brought me here. I have a particular belt buckle(1.5") I am trying to fit onto a belt that has a width of 2"(9oz). I was wondering if anyone knew how to make this work?
  12. --> Beginning of rant. I'm putting this out here in hopes that it will help another seller avoid the stupid mistake I made trying to accommodate a buyers request on Ebay. I'm still on the fence about if this is some sort of scam, or maybe this guy's wife just got angry he spent so much money. Long story short ...A buyer contacted me asking for 5 of my leather holsters to be heavily customized. I agreed with the caveat that since they're customized, they would not be returnable. He acknowledged that he understood they were not returnable. He pays, I fabricate, customize and ship the first 4 holsters, he receives them, leaves positive feedback, orders the 5th holster based on the first 4, then 1 hour after he receives the 5th holster in the mail, puts in a return request for both orders, with the reason "I changed my mind". I replied and told him that I wouldn’t accept the returns. He opened cases with Ebay, who of course immediately found in his favor and accepted the returns on my behalf. I contacted customer service, she read the cases and messages where he agreed to no returns. The moment she pointed out that the return policy on the item itself said "30 day returns", I knew I had lost. Now I get to toss out $300+ of custom leather holsters, that I likely can't resell to anyone else. Here's the lesson learned: Even if the buyer agrees to no returns, if the item return policy indicates it can be returned, you're stuck, and have to accept the returns, even if the buyer agreed in writing not to return the item(s). That individual item return policy has to be set to "No Returns" for Ebay to honor that. The customer service lady was actually very sympathetic, she suggested once I get the returned items, that I inspect them thoroughly to make sure they're in the same new condition that I shipped them and suggested that if they're not, I open cases. But I suspect even if they're damaged and I open cases, that Ebay won't do anything about it. I'm guessing that even if Ebay had agreed and not made me accept the return, he would have likely opened a case with PayPal or even charged back his credit card. I've never left negative feedback for buyers, but I might make an exception in this case. I'm waiting to see the returned items before I make a decision on that. Lesson learned: Cost of this lesson: $300 plus shipping. There needs to be blacklist of buyers that try to screw over sellers. --> End of rant.
  13. Holster Job

    Got a fella wantin' this for 92fs Compact If you are interested in making this rig (and capable, please -- let's not burn up this guy's time) just message me your contact info and I'll pass it on to him. Chicago area. Time frame, price, and payment will be between you and him entirely.
  14. We offer full service cut and sew of a variety of soft-goods and leather-goods. We also offer individual services like clicking, skiving, hot-stamping, debossing and scissor and knife sharpening. Our batch sizes started pretty small and we have competitive rates on these services to ensure they are accessible to small-scale businesses and even hobbyists. If you'd like to find out more about us or get a quote on a project, email Hannah at: info@davis-peterson.com Visit our website to see more of what we do: www.davis-peterson.com
  15. Military patch

    From the album Custom stamps & maker's marks

    3x2,5cm Military patch Link to the stamp
  16. Greetings fellow leather workers For many years during my journey with leather working I have always been a huge fan of embossing. I was never very good at beveling therefore I always focused more on embossing anything i could find - bottle cap, coin, brooch, literally anything that could create something unique. Well as you can imagine this was a huge limitation for my products and for my creativity, having only what was available on the market plus all these random things didn't give me much of freedom. After a whole year of searching for a good reliable, durable and price reasonable solution + many failed tests I managed to find one which I would like to share with you today. My goal form the beginning was to find a solution that would be affordable so People can finally create their own stamps or even whole collections without spending tons of money on it. My online store has been only recently put online so please bare with me and my limited offer but I assure you that the offer will grow. Every week I try to add new designs. Custom requests are available all the time. since I am based in Europe I also tried to find a reasonable shipping solution to US and here how it looks: regular airmail: ~5$ Courier:~15$ WWW: stamps-for-leather.com FB: Facebook page Please share with me your suggestions, and feel free to comment Best regards Inth few samples:
  17. Hello Guys! I'm Jun from youtube channel "leathertoolz" (youtube.com/leathertoolz) Recently, I did review and cut test with custom Japanese leather knife by Chartermade. if you are interested, check out these videos! cheers! Custom Japanese leather knife by Chartermade | Full Review | Part 1 of 2 Custom Japanese leather knife by Chartermade | Cut Test | Part 2 of 2
  18. Hello, I'm looking for a trusted saddle maker to make me a quality custom saddle. I'm looking for a tough ranch saddle with swells, roughout seat and round skirt. Preferably on the lighter side, but heavy duty. I'm 17 and only work part time so I'm trying to not pay much more than $1,000-$1,500. Any ideas of someone who could make me something like that in my price range? Thanks in advance!
  19. Estimate for knife sheath

    Looking for an estimate for a leather sheath for a Mora companion. I drew up a very rough idea of what i was looking for here: http://imgur.com/UPE1BP5 Basically a 'hang' from the belt sheath, with a band and snap to keep the knife in, eyelet on the bottom to allow me to tie it to my leg with some raw hide. Then on the back of the sheath, two or three bands (i am not sure what would work out better) so that i could loop a belt through it and wear it on the small of the back. Looking for something soft enough that it wont be really stiff and uncomfortable to wear for prolonged periods in the heat of south carolina. Maybe in a nice brown not something super dark??? (sort of this color ->https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/30/1a/b1/301ab1c83eff29a98c995b348fb2643b.jpg) Thanks
  20. Hi there everyone...I've been lurking on this forum for a couple years and never actually posted. I've been pretty regularly posting breakdowns of my builds over on the Leathercraft subreddit, so it felt right that I do it here as well. I post build journals of each piece when they are done both as a form of therapy and also hoping that it might help someone else. This is a simple wallet that I finished a couple weeks ago. Comments and criticism most welcome. Album: http://imgur.com/gallery/QYNc9 So this is both a humbling and gratifying build journal. There were some new techniques I was aching to try and additionally I had some mistakes and acts of God along the way. This build was supposed to be a standard Simple Wallet of my usual design. I have a hand press now and I've had dies made of the design (from Milwaukee Steel Rule Dies...excellent quality, folks) so I was looking forward to an easy build. I brought a bunch of leather samples and the client chose a combination of Barenia (which, btw, is essentially a double tanned calfskin from Haas that's used by Hermes. Degermann also has a double tanned calfskin that they used to call Barenia too but since Haas trademarked the name they now call it Baranil) and yellow Fil au Chinois thread. I thought it was a good combo and also opted for brown edges. Now...I had worked with Barenia before on a zipper pouchand I loved it so I was very excited and was going to try some new things: With the Barenia being tan and the brown edging I had in stock this would be my first time attempting contrast edging with a new technique for keeping the edges clean. The Barenia was also a little thicker than I like at 1.5mm so I was going to be skiving this down a LOT. Also moved up from an M3000 to a G6M fileteuse so working with new temperatures was going to be a new thrill. I got started by cutting out the pieces using the hand press...AMAZING. Such a time saver. I also feel, ethically, that this is still in line with my handmade and artisanal claims of using no machines in the making of my wallet (as opposed to using an automated machine like a CNC machine or a laser cutter). I got the skiving knife out and started skiving down my edges. I was kinda worried that I was going to have a wallet that was too thick but I pressed on. As I got started working I noticed that this Barenia was...different. My previous Barenia had a milled, almost uniform upholstery looking flesh side while being firm and oily. This Barenia was soft and the flesh side was stringy. Still lovely, same color...but different. I had already been making Instagram posts claiming it was Barenia. I checked with the guy I bought it from and...dammitdammitdammit...he sent me Swift leather instead of Barenia (Front and Back ; Barenia on the left and Swift on the right). I felt like an ass (and a noob) for not being able to identify it and also for selling the buyer on Barenia. Now...Swift leather is still used by Hermes and still has many of the same qualities (some people like it better because it's more scratch resistant). So I checked with the buyer, let him know the situation and he was totally ok with it. So on we went... Once skived down, I put the wax spreader on my brand new Regad G6M, cranked it up to "9" and it promptly made electrical crackling sounds and "pft"...died. The tip. Not the transformer thank God. After some calls around it looks like on the G6M you don't want to push the wax spreader any higher than "7" or it dies (on the M3000 this level seems to be a "9" so the G6M has more headroom for heat). Other tips are ok. Thankfully, Aaron at Rocky Mountain Leather Supply had a used tip and he sent it to me for cheap but in the meantime I used the S0.5H tip to finish the edges. This time around I wanted really really clean edge paint lines. So I basically spent a new step inbetween each coat, cleaning with canvas and a crepe rubber to make sure the lines were smooth and crisp and I was so happy I did. They looked great. Assembly proceeded. The client chose an embossed logo with no gold foil so after that we moved into stitching which went just fine. The softness of the Swift leather actually allowed the stitching to pull into the leather a little too much at the beginning but I eased up on the pressure and things started to look good. Once assembled we started to do the exterior edges. This was a little harder than the interior edges because the edge is a lot thicker, but I was really happy with how everything turned out and the client was as well! That and the Swift leather looked really classy so I think I might do this again. Long road, lots of lessons, happy customer. Pros: New edge paint method works great. Swift leather is a new leather in the stable to use. Hand clicker and dies worked wonderfully. Cons: Check your damn leathers, Kevin. If it looks wrong it probably is. Don't push the wax spreader over "7" anymore. Album: http://imgur.com/gallery/QYNc9 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rareandsundry/
  21. Hi everyone! i ve been working wth leather and been a member of this forum for a while now but i never really shared any of my projects until now. i have recently designed a mini fat bowie for myself named "The Monster Cleaver" and got it done through ABS J.S. Doug Campbell. After getting the knife done i have decided to make a unique and one of a kind sheath and way to carry it, so i ve started my designing process and came with what i thought was a unique design. Anyways i wanted to share the finish product with you and get your opinions and any questions you might have about the sheath or the knife. Thanks for checking out my work and topic, i hope you like what your see, thanks again and enjoy.
  22. Second attempt at a butt stock cover, first time trying out airbrushing on leather. Customized for a friend.
  23. New rifle butt stock cover, currently working on matching rifle sling. www.outlawcustomleather.com Family owned and operated
  24. Hello everyone! I hope this is OK to use as a thread of the many things I'll create I'll use this first post as an index of what I've made! I hope you enjoy and I always appreciate feedback and tips! My kraken book
  25. Motorcycle seat

    Just finished a custom motorcycle seat. Pretty proud of it considering my skill set has been focused elsewhere for so many years. This was a collaboration with a leather artisan who did all the tooling. https://www.facebook.com/christian.lowe.100/videos/pcb.10210000209668563/10210000192148125/?type=3&theater