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A Few Questions Before I Jump In

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Howdy all,

I've been lurking for a month or so. I have a couple of questions before

I spend the cash to get started. What are the basic tools one needs to begin?

I'm more interested in how different things are made (wallets, belts, mc seats,

saddle bags etc.) and starting with "no frills" type projects. I figure I could work

on my tooling/ stamping (hope that right) later. What books can y'all recommend

a novice?

Thanks for your time,


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I would start by finding a Tandy near you, I know there are several in Ft Worth. They sell a basic seven set of tools, and also beginners kits. These kits have simple projects, the tools needed to complete them, and some instructional material. Al Stohlman wrote many excellent books, two of my favorites are Tech Tips, and Projects and Designs. These are also available at the Tandy store. The stores also offer free training, low cost classes (mostly on Saturday, but occasionally at night). They are a great way to see if this really interests you, and you can use their tools for the class, so you don't have to make much of an investment.

Good Luck


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