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  1. place mat

    Hi All, I have been playing with some stamps, and came up with this place mat . It's a bit of a copy of something I saw on youtube . Having said that, I am actually quite pleased with it. I want to get into more of this sort of thing as I approach retirement. It is made from 3.2mm thick veg shoulder. While I was here I also put up another one I done a while ago. What do you think ?
  2. Watch Strap Tutorial

    Some time ago there was a young lady who did a tutorial on watch strap making. I think she was making, tooling, and painting an Apple Watch strap. I have searched the forums but can't find it anymore. Does anyone remember this? Can you point me to it?
  3. sizing tooling patterns

    I would like to start off saying that i am not an artist with pencil and paper. I cannot draw to save my life. So for a lot of my tooling patterns I rely on printing them off the internet and using tracing film to transfer to leather. The problem that I am running into is that I can resize the image in Microsoft paint to make it fit on my template but it takes several try's as you cant see what size it will be until it comes out of the printer, or at least I don't know how i'm not really a tech person. is there a program that I can scan my template into, size the image to the space I have to work with and print it out and it will print the template that is the same size as my acrylic template and the image will be ready to transfer over to the leather with tracing film. I have heard of Inkscape and have played with it a little, it's a little overwhelming. I was curious if anybody else has done this and can tell me how they do it or point me in the direction of a tutorial. Thanks guys and gals for your help.
  4. Sheridan tote bag

    Hello all! Here is a leather tote bag I finished a while ago. The handles are an 8 strand round braid and the first thing I've braided. The leather is 8oz veg-tan with soft pigskin lining on the inside. The sheridan pattern is my own work. This is also my first time using a bar grounder in my carving. Let me know what you think! Critique welcome. -Ryan
  5. Wet form a cup in one piece

    Hi Just found this excellent site. As someone wrote; "I've learned more here in one hour than days looking at Youtube". I,m a newbie in this area. Builed an Axe and a sheath a year ago and after that it become a hobby. But the more I do the more I realize that leather Craft isn't just a walk in the park. Respect to everyone here that master this nobel art. I'm going to make a cup/Dice cup/snuffbox. I read a post by "Tugadude" regading a dice cup made a long time ago and suddenly I got scared. But that's my goal... Question: How should I do to secure a flat base? If I use the original snuffbox (copy in Wood as well as the outside) as the inside mould, how should I avoid it don't become to big (it's supposed to fit a snuffbox without falling of. I will also do a lid that shall fit the outside the upper edge of the snuffbox. Of course, the dimensions are vital but if there are any tips how to do it right in the first place or if necessary expand/shrink one or both pieces, I would appriciate it very much. My last dilemma is when to tooling and when to forming. I've read alot about this question here but all are related to quite complicated items. All carving/tooling planed is on the top lid. An easy symbol made with a swivel and a bevel. Tanks in advance Best regardsBjorn
  6. 1st time tooling (Viking Serpent)

    Hey guys this is my first attempt at tooling I think if I perfected the beveling around the image it would really make the image pop out any tips would be great thanks!
  7. Hello all! Here is a roper wallet (or long wallet) that I just finished for myself. Btw, my nickname is Nate in case you're confused. I needed to make myself a wallet so I could have some of my work with me when meeting potential customers. Also, my Cabela's wallet was falling apart. It is lined with Tandy's super soft pigskin. When I showed it to my dad, he said I should have stamped "A fool and his money are soon parted" on the inside flap... (I think I should have done that too considering how often I go to Tandy... ) Let me know what you think! Comments/critique always welcome. Thanks for looking! -Ryan
  8. Has anyone ever made their own tooling solution? If so how could I make my own? Here is an example of what I am talking about, https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/eco-flo-easy-carve-concentrate-8-oz
  9. My second iteration for this bag, this time bought by somebody on etsy, the first was a gift for a friend. 2mm italian veg tan for body, 4 mm for strap. Turquoise dye from Fiebings for bodyand Angelus paints for the wave.
  10. A Collaboration on a Cane

    What's it been? A few weeks, a month, or even longer since I posted my last cane with a leather handle? Anyway, at that time YinTx mentioned commissioning one for his dad and after talking back and forth we decided I would do the wood and he would do the leather. So the collaboration began. Things have been moving slowly along since then. YinTx sent me a goody bag full of veg tan of different weights and brands along with a couple of tooled pieces to practice with and we decided on a shank and a handle style for the cane. This wasn't all the choices but the picture does show the one he chose. The left hand stick is a nice rustic black walnut sucker with a very small and even taper at the top and some nice knots in the bottom for a bit of character. We're still working on the final wood choices for the handle but it will be a Fritz style similar in shape to this one. Right now the hold up is on my end. I have three handles I'm currently finishing but with the weather getting colder it's taking forever to build up a good shine. YinTx can't do a whole lot on his end until that part is done so he knows how big his tooling area is. We're almost literally sitting around watching paint dry. While I've been waiting on that I've started practicing wet forming with the pieces of veg tan YinTx sent me, mostly trying to figure out what works for this application and what doesn't. At this point it's mostly what doesn't work. Here's my first completed wet formed handle. The cane is a one piece cane made from a dead oak branch. I decided this was a good practice piece because of the nearly round handle. Honestly I think it could have been done without wet forming. The leather is Tandy 9 oz. veg tan. I chose the thicker leather because the branch making the grip was a little small so it needed something thick. I skived the front and back edges down to get rid of the pig in a blanket effect and stitched the leather on wet with 1.4 mm Tiger thread. After I thought I had things trimmed to fit I tried pressing a decorative line about 1/8" from the front and back edges and next to the stitch line. The more I look at my stitching the less I like it. I have to get over the idea of using the stitching chisel I have as anything more than a spacing device for my stitch holes. A round awl is much better for this kind of work. Stitching the leather while wet was a mistake too. It stretched the already too-big holes and even tore one a bit. I also had to re-work the stitches closest to the shank and messed that up. Lesson learned. That pretty much brings things up to date for now. More later.
  11. Made another variant for my cherry blossom wallet, this one is nicer I think. The stitching is at 3 mm spacing and the closure is a bit more delicate.
  12. I am currently in process of making a leather bound book for the first time. So far so good. I almost got the cover done, the text block stitchedis together and the headbands are done. Hope to have it finished by the middle of next week. I will have to add more pics including the text block but here is the cover.
  13. Bound book

    I am wanting to get some info. I am making a leather bound book for a Christmas present and am not to sure on leather thickness. I am wanting to tool the cover as well as fold edges to the interior. My question is how thin can I go before their is not much left for tooling and not leave to much for the fold over as I don't have a skiver( I am fine skiving a bit with what I do have to get it to lay right)
  14. Free vintage pattern book: Le Cuir. Compositions Decoratives – author Jehan Raymond (published in 1908) pattern book has some wonderful and unique Art Nouveau designs for leather work - pocket cases and wallets, cigarette boxes, bindings, calendars, music portfolios etc. The descriptions are written in French. This is a PDF (240MB) on Google drive: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Lc95mJPz-dwGupVhW2XmYGis4D5fcvpz A few of us are fortunate enough to own a hard copy of this treasure, I searched for 2 years to find my mine (and paid dearly for it). Now, because of its age; it was added to Public Domain in 2016. *This book is very rare, some copies are preserved and archived in some museums - MET. I hope you find these awesome patterns and illustrations useful. Big thanks to Letter T for condensing the PDF, Nuttish, Chirsash, and Buttermutt07 for testing the link on multiple platforms. P.S. Source files are in the Library of Congress - National Archives site. Enjoy, Deb
  15. First attempt at tooling

    So I had a go at tooling... I don't have a swivel knife so I used a scalpel, and the only stamps I have are a pear shaped crisscross thing (that is the right name yeah?), aand crescent shaped camouflage one. Oh, I have a modellers spoon, but it was cheap and I realise now it needs filing and shaping. I cased it with a little dish soap/washing up liquid in cold water, and smoothed it down with a folder - saw this in only one video but thought I'd give it a go. It's a attempt at a free hand acanthus leaf, and it's pretty damn shoddy, but I enjoyed it and will practice more.
  16. Best value for leather

    I have been buying my leather from a local Tandy store and I was wondering if this was the best value for the leather I am getting. I buy a side of 8-9oz veg tan and I tool on it. The only problem I have found is I really have to look for good sides. I wouldn't mind buying from a supplier if anyone has a good recommendation. I have checked out Weaver but they are more expensive than Tandy.
  17. BALD EAGLE TOOLING PATTERN

    I'm trying to find a good tooling pattern of a bald eagle in flight. I've tried the patterns on the leather craft library and not too impressed, because they seem too generic on the body, the wings look good. I'm not the best it tooling, but I do like a challenge. Any suggestions are a huge help, I tried the search here and really didn't find anything which is why I'm bugging y'all:)
  18. Wanted: Weaver Press

    Looking for Weaver or equivalent hole punch press, and edge finisher burnishing machine.
  19. Coffee... it's the secret to my leather work. Made this for myself in a little gap between some larger orders. (Nate is my nickname.) Also, this is my first time making a leather handle so please critique where needed. Let me know what you think. I'll try and get some better pics later. Pair of bison hide working chaps coming soon. -Ryan
  20. I have been watching a good bit of YouTube lately and came across Don Gonzales' channel and got inspired by his pancake sheath video. I've been wanting to get my tooling in shape and the sheathes aren't huge and still allow you to get in some skill while making a functional thing still. I don't have a stockman style knife so I winged it and made up my own pattern and tried to put some scrolly stuff on the sheath. I dyed the background Fiebings Dark Brown (Pro), the flat parts Mahogany (spirit), and hit the vines with some Eco-flo saddle tan gel antique. I left the backside natural. Finished with Fiebings Leather Sheen. My stitching is coming along nicely and the edges came out super nice. The leather is 8/9 oz Craftman Oak from Tandy. I really need to grab a bag punch-cutting those slots sucks and is risky! This is not my first attempt at tooling but it is my first attempt at anything close to floral. I accidentally put this in "Show Off" but please critique as you want. Mods, feel free to move this to Critique My Work if needed.
  21. Jellyfish Carving

    I’m getting ready for my booth I’ll have at our local festival on the 4th so I’m trying to get as much done as I can before then.
  22. Hello, again! Yeah, I've been busy. Just finished up some spur straps and a breast collar for me and my horse Patty. I did the tooling on the breast collar to match my saddle. Spur straps are 8/9 oz. veg tan and the breast collar is 10/12 oz. saddle skirting (Tandy) and lined with 5/6 oz. latigo. I went on a long ride and the collar worked great and seemed pretty comfortable for the horse so I'm happy with it. Let me know what you think. Critique welcome. Thanks for looking! -Ryan
  23. Hello, again! Here is the gun belt to the holster I posted earlier. A friend commissioned me to make it for his 45 Colt Ruger Blackhawk. He's a big fan of tie-down roping and asked me to incorporate some roping scenes. Let me know what you think and please ask if you have any questions. -Ryan
  24. Hello all! My dad asked me to make him a pair of chaps. The deal was that he'd buy the materials and I'd do the work. Sorry, but that was a special deal for dad only. This took me about 40 hours to do. All of the pattern/design is my own work. Let me know what you think! I will post some pics of my dad wearing them soon. Thanks for looking! -Ryan
  25. I've taken the leap to commit to making leatherwork my full-time gig. The first major step was to learn how to make saddles (just western for now) Finished saddle making school with Pete Harry from Pembroke, KY at the beginning of the month. Now that I'm back, I've opened up my business to building western saddles and do saddle repairs (in addition to all the other things I've made over the years). Now to get TLLeatherworks (Tree of Life Leatherworks) out there in social media. Already got a few repair jobs in