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  1. Lost and found

    I have just found a recipe that a had lost some time ago. It is a recipe that I have used forever and became desperate when running low on it. It is an alternative to procarve. I am sharing this recipe with you if you do not have it already. 1 tbs. Listerine (the brown stuff) 1-2 tbs. Johnson's baby shampoo 1/2 c. clean water (I use bottled water) 1/2 c. Lexol cond. (in the brown jug)
  2. By the end of the week I am expecting to receive the following in the post: A cheap (Chinese made, with probable Japanese influence) beginner's sett of leather working tools from Ebay A remnant/pieces pack of leather, needles, and thread from The Identity Store A copy of "The Leatherworking Handbook" by Valerie Michael from Amazon Yet to acquire from the local chain DIY store (probably nearer the time, or on Sunday if it slips my mind before then which is likely to happen) are: wood and fixings to make a cheap stitching pony Evo-Stik Time Bond contact adhesive an Oilstone (or similar) for inevitable initial sharpening of previously mentioned tools as well as general upkeep later on miscellaneous things that catch my eye which may be helpful such as clamps, sandpaper, straight edge etc Other things yet to be appropriated into my "kit": worksurface stuff (cutting mat, poly board, granite (or similar)) decent desk lamp as most of my work will be completed in the late evening/small hours after finishing the late shift at "the day job" and goodness knows my eyes will need all the help they can get edge slicking substance graph/grid paper for when I feel up to making my own patterns bone folder type tool stitching awl Things I already have, yet to be consolidated together: poly mallet basic geometry set (ruler, square, compases etc) pencils large toolbox for storage stack of "craft" drawers for storage non-marring spudger set which I'm sure will come in handy for poking/prodding in crevices metal bodied Utility knife (and blades) Extra Virgin Olive Oil in lieu of more specialist finishes tonnes of old clothes for rags Things I will probably get at a later date once I get a feel for everything (this does not include ad hoc replacement/upgrading of any of the above when needed): butcher's block style work station (as I'll mostly be working at my 10yr old pine desk in my bedroom initially, maybe out in the shed weather permitting) relevant dyes, treatments, etc and relevant applicators basic carving tools (I do not plan on getting into this much but I guess it's always handy to be able pop a pretty border on something special) ___ I know the cost of starting a new hobby from scratch is always going to be a major consideration, but it seems leathercraft is even more so. Yes I know it's no good moaning to other people who have all been there/done that, but starting out on a shoe string is still likely to cost me upwards of £100 ($125 for you colonials ). Being the sort of person I am, often doing things on a whim, and generally cautious with cash, I do not want to go to the lengths that some do and get The Works in terms of equipment and materials to start with. I don't want to spend a small fortune on something if I don't end up getting decently into it to justify the cost. That said, it seems the general advice in terms of initial outlay is "get the best you can afford" and that's what I'm doing I suppose. I guess there are those out there who have started out with much less, and I have no need nor reason trying to justify what I'm doing. I guess in a way I'm secretly hoping that I get sufficiently good enough at the whole "leather thing" that in the long run I can start going to fairs, events, do made-to-order and the like, and be able to become (at least partially) self employed. But that's definitely a long way off. I think for me leathercraft will always be a matter of being on a shoestring, at least in the sense of trying to get the best from the least. I've always been enthralled by the way craftsmen of all disciplines in years gone-by have come up with ingenious solutions which even centuries or millennia haven't changed much, and as much as possible I want to keep what I do "low-tech": drawing up templates by hand rather than using PC software, using as traditional methods and tools as possible, and if possible trying to be authentic in style/process with any historical based pieces I produce. I (like to think) I am fairly good at improvising, and this will also keep costs down. Who needs a £40 edge slicker when a double-pronged piece of deer antler (free if you know where/when to look) will do? Or expensive black dyes if you can master the likes of vinegaroon and lampblack?
  3. Here we have for sale 2 Leather Secrets books for sale by F.O. Baird! These are the First Revised Edition of 1976 by The Leathercraftman Inc. Very Good Condition, some minor marks on the cover. Look at images for details Asking $75 a piece
  4. We manufacture unusually stamps and indivudualomu hinged blades for special order. You can choose any stamps and knifes we will make them during 3-4 days
  5. We produce on request indivudualomu hinged blades. The price of a knife 190- $ 250 depending on the complexity of the order. Shipping costs $ 10-15
  6. stamps and swivel knives

    We manufacture unusually stamps and indivudualomu hinged blades for special order. You can choose any stamps and knifes we will make them during 3-4 days
  7. stamps and swivel knives

    We manufacture unusually stamps and indivudualomu hinged blades for special order. You can choose any stamps and knifes we will make them during 3-4 days
  8. I am from overseas and will be in Arizona for the summer and was hoping to stock up on quality tools for leather carving and tooling. I was wondering if anyone could recommend somewhere in Arizona where I might be able to buy tools from someone who is really skilled in tooling. I brought some of my work with me hoping to have a professional see where I can improve and what tools I should buy to help improve my work. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks!!!
  9. Hello! I`m glad to welcom you! I want to tell you about our factory. We manufacture stamps for leather carving and design. All designs of stams are unique. All stamps we manufactured in our factory by engraving machine. Stamps made of brass. All stamps have crisp prints. For order and questions please write a private message. Prise: Stamp # 1,2,3,8 - 20$ Stamps # 4,5,6,7 - 15$ Contacts: snleatherbg@gmail.com Fee Shipping in any country.
  10. Tracing Technique

    This is a simple technique I use to trace patterns onto my moistened leather. Instead of tracing the patterns to trace paper 1st why not trace it directly onto the leather from the printed pattern. 1st place a piece of food wrap over the moistened leather to prevent the printout from getting wet. 2nd, tape the printout over the area you want to trace the pattern onto the leather. Watch the tutorial to see how I do this. Works perfectly every time and the trace looks really nice. Let me know if it helps you!
  11. New Here -- Maybe You Can Help Me ! :)

    So first of all, I have been wanting to work with leather for a while now, crafting things for myself such as pet collars, guitar straps, etc. Here's the cool part, I get leather scraps from my job! But.. I'm not sure how to work them. They are pre dyed and fire tested for aviation upholstry use - so I'm not sure how to carve into them. It would really be awesome if I could learn how to do so. I have this great Christmas gift idea of making a leather cover for an art sketch book for my boyfriend. Things I need to know: 1. Can I carve into predyedupholstry leather. Thickness is about 1/8". Really quality stufff (I mean this stuff goes into corp jets! ) 2. What would the steps be? (thankful for tips) 3. Would Ihave to redye it to show the design? 4. What's the best type of glue to use of leather to adhere to a book cover? 5. Any tips for pet collars? I plan on doing most of it by hand and getting tools when I can afford it. But def want to work on the book wrap cover asap SORRYfor having so many questions!! I look forward to getting things done and sharing!
  12. Here we have some Leather Craft books for sale. How To Carve Leather 1952 Craftool Co. - $15 Ken Griffin's Scrap Book 1952 Craftool Co. - $20 Tandy Leather Black Powder Book by Gene Noland 1978 Tandy - $10 Black Powder Bags & Pouches 1985 Tandy - $10
  13. Al Stohlman Books $10-$20!

    Here we have some Al Stohlman books for sale. Inverted Leather Carving 1961 Craftool Co. - $20 Craftool Tech Tips 1969 Craftool Co. - $15 How to Make Holsters 1962 Craftool Co. - $15 Belts Galore 1962 Craftool Co. - $15
  14. Skull Wallet

    The inspiration for this pattern came from tattoo and europe traditional pattern.
  15. Hi! I have a question for you experts: I saw lots of pics on the Internet of tooled leather pieces that became a little darker where tooled. I'll post an example: http://www.leathercraftstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/2nd-comparison.jpeg on the lower picture you'll see what I mean...the carved leather being darker than its natural color. Does it depend on the quality/kind of leather, on casing it or what?? I think that's the way to acheve effects like the one on the first picture with finishers...isn't it? Thanks a lot!
  16. Hey everyone!! My name is Casey, and am a new registrant to this site. This is certainly not my first visit to the site, I have been perusing all of your fine work for quite some time now.... just got the oomph to register and start participating/trading ideas from people all around the world!! A little background on my horse/leather history... I apprenticed under a saddle maker, who was from a time when horses were for function, not for fun. I learned all of the basics of structure, strength, ingenuity, and got a daily dose of horse history just about everyday. My teacher is a wonderful man...but he was certainly not about all the "fru-fru"...carving, stamping, etc... So, after I apprenticed with him, and learned all I thought he had to teach me, I started doing a carving seminar here and there, and decided that most of it was pretty basic. After I learned the basic tools for carving, and painting, dying, and stamping; I set out on my own. Headstrong girl, working in an industry that had been male dominant for centuries. It has been trying at times... I have definitely had as many good days as bad, and as many mistakes as successes; and has overall been a very rewarding career thus far. I own 9 horses, 2 ponies, and my resident mule (Bartholomule haha). Most of them are saddle horses, meant for ranching/cutting/riding pens, and even the occasional lazy day when we just go out for a trail ride. I own a halfling and a draft horse (a 2 year old Pertrand filly) that has been stealing my heart the last couple of months. I do own a few carts, and a wagon, and have broke 3 of my horses to pull, and both my ponies as well. We participate in the city parade every year, and boy do we get dolled up to go!! My horses are my life, any time not spent working on my leather i spent learning new things with my horses. They are all such adorable characters, and they never cease to surprise me with the willingness they have to put up with my (sometimes annoying) persistence. My life wouldnt be the same without them, and I like to think that they like me as well ) It is nice to meet you all, and look forward to learning along with you!