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  1. 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)
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:)
  6. Wanted: Weaver Press

    Looking for Weaver or equivalent hole punch press, and edge finisher burnishing machine.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. First Tooling - Dragonfly

    My first try for carving and beveling
  15. My very first attempt of leatherwork! Just started last year. I'm very proud of it. It took my quite some time since i had to learn everything; from drawing and cutting pattern, to carving and stitching. Very thankful for the nice tutorial from instructables made by Caracoda. It helped me a lot. And sorry for the crappy pictures. I don't have a good camera
  16. Howdy folks! Just finished my second holster for a client. I still have to make the gun belt and fully tool it.... but I don't want to think about that right now. Tooling pattern is my own and the shape of the holster was copied off the original holster. There's still plenty of room for improvement but you know... I'll get there eventually. Let me know what you think! Comments/critique always welcome. Cool gun belt coming soon.... -Ryan
  17. So I decided to try my hand at some more Hawaiian tooling, this time I drew the design myself. In comparison to the valet tray I did, it is minuscule. The only reason it is so irregularly shaped is because I drew for this particular piece of scrap leather. Everything here was done with a SK, 1 backgrounder, and 2 bevelers. Let me know what you guys think, thanks for checking it out.
  18. Laptop case

    Laptop case I just finished. Tooled a panel and attached it to the top of the bag turned it pretty well. 8oz veg tan. Spanish brown dye and dark brown antique. . 8 tiger thread in cream. More pictures
  19. Local knife maker (www.ripcustomknives) made a show knife for the upcoming Atlanta Knife Show and asked me to make a custom sheath for it. His theme is skulls and the knife is Japanese tanto style with a forged, 150+ layer Damascus steel blade, 10-1/4" long. Total length is 15-1/2". This is what I made him. Hand sheath with a removal belt holster. The carving is based on a Japanese style skull tattoo. Carved and dyed it in one piece, then cut down the middle to make the front and back.
  20. I didn't really know what tags to use. I normally make one sheath at a time, for a man who makes one knife at a time, as he feels like making it in the moment. Then he got an order for 8 -- these six are for members of a military unit, and they're special. A friend of the client, who's not in the unit, wanted one anyway, so that made seven. And the knifemaker decided to go ahead and do another, with a different handle, just to do it -- so that was 8 sheaths. All more or less the same as this -- one left-handed and the rest right. 9-10 ounce vegtan; hand-cut; I make the stitching holes with the awl clamped in a drill press cuz my hands are weak and I have arthritis and trigger finger. Stitching by hand -- 1 mm Tiger thread in Havanna Cigar. Fiebing's Saddle Tan -- which wasn't always co-operative. And the knifemaker was nervous about the whole thing, so he wasn't always all that co-operative either. They went out to the client yesterday. After reading a lot about finishes, I melted mink oil and bee's wax together, 50-50. It's hard and a little sticky. Takes a lot of rubbing in, and a lot of buffing. I used a wheel for that. And I love that high-gloss it gave, after three coats of 50-50 Resolene and water. I was sick on the weekend and finished the buffing with little time before the client arrived. These are the knifemaker's photos -- they don't have the angles I'd have used, but I'm not gonna complain at this point. I'm kinda glad they're gone -- they were starting to weigh on me.
  21. I never thought I would be doing this again. About 30 years ago I made a wallet with a harness racing scene on it. Still in use today y my father-in-law. Last week I was asked if I could make it again. Someone wanted it for their 85 year old grandfather who kept horses all his life (and still has one). Proving, no matter what your wife says, you should never throw anything out, I was able to find my original mylar tracing pattern. For the younger folks on the forum, to put the time frame between projects in perspective, when the first one was done: The internet did not exist. Portable cell phone weighed 5 lbs and you carried in a bag the size of your mothers purse. Fax machines were the new technology rage. I had just gotten my first laptop. It had 640K memory, 10 mb hard drive and cost $6,000. No such thing as a digital camera, let alone one in your phone. First three pictures are the 2018 version. Last two pictures are the 1988 ish version.
  22. Tri-Leg Stool Seat

    Finally got up the nerve to dye this project. Tri-leg stool seat with a "fierce fish" carving (modified tattoo design). Carve this about 6 month ago but did some practice on smaller pieces before deciding how to do the dye job. 9 oz veg tan. Fiebings dark brown dye, neatsfoot oil, Tandy Ecoflo chestnut hi-lite stain, many coats of 50/50 Resolene/water top coat sprayed on with an air brush applied in that order. #9 copper rivets to attach the leg pockets. On to the legs...
  23. I am new to leather work still and have a really hard time with tooling. I do really like the look of Sheridan style and would like a lot more practice. I have a bunch of squares that was given to me and just want to tool some completely. Maybe if one turns out well I may hang it as wall art and inspiration. Now the issue is I can't draw! I have never been big into drawing, painting or anything artistic. I decided I needed a hobby and decided I wanted to learn something that has always been around, and I chose leather Now at some time I hope by tracing many things I will learn to be better at design. If anyone cam help I would appreciate it. The leather I have is 7.75 x 7.75 inch. If anyone is willing to send me designs I would appreciate it. This is the only tooling I have done and I want to improve!
  24. So I have lived on this forum since I found it and discovered my love for leather products, especially what ever I happen to make....(DISCLAIMER: I am a no on and have not made to much besides a bunch of scrap I can't find beauty in. But it always is taken as an object to learn from, even if I take my diamond chisel and practice my hand sweing!) So to my topic, I see a lot of discussion about stamps, surfaces, thread, machines, and so on. But I have not seen anything as far as what tool you prefer to use as a striker? I happen to have access to a wood lathe and have become pretty decent at using it. This is my maul. Roughly only a month old. It measures in at 9 inch long with 3 inch inch surface, 2 1/4 inch thick. Weighs 9 ounces with the help of lead shot core. As you can tell it does dent easy, but so easy to fix and replace, it works.
  25. Hi forum! It's been a long while, but I figured I would post a couple pics of a holster I made recently for an XD. It was fun making it, not happy with the way the tooling came out, but the customer liked it-- I guess that's what really matters. This is the 2nd holster I made, so any feedback on the tooling or if you have a comment about it, please let me know! Thanks for viewing, -JW