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    Laramie, WY
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    Anything old school

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    Basic leather work
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  1. My story goes back to mother's leather working when I was a child. My sister still carries a wallet she made from a Tandy kit 40+ years ago. I remember that lovely smell when we'd walk into the Tandy store. As an adult, I took up hobby blacksmithing, trying to duplicate the old blacksmith methods, and used buffalo leather to tie/decorate certain pieces together. Life's changes, we relocated, and I could no longer blacksmith in my area. Shortly thereafter, my sweetheart passed away, and I had entirely too much time on my hands and nearly two sides of leather 'leftovers' so decided to recover an antique sewing chair left to me by a grandmother. My intention was to give it to my granddaughter It came out...we'll call it functional...with a little help from the local leather repair store owner's suggestions. If I only knew what I know now, but it the spirit of the post, I'll post a pic. I used a speedy awl, purchased at the local Walmart . I am proud to say, it's used nearly daily; 2 yrs later. My mother, now living with me, saw my work and commented people would pay good money for that (her vision is distance limited). So, I went to practicing. I'm still learning, every day, and have begun to sell my work; slowly but surely. Coming from a farm life, I like was taught to make things right so they last. And, as all the others here, I want folks to be pleasantly surprised, when they receive, and use, their items. I have had many, many suggestions from forum members and I thank you all. I would like to share this thought with you per MarkCdub's comment. I'm a licensee of University of Wyoming's (aka UW) logos, you might consider doing the same for your college. For UW, there was no more than a $35ish/yr fee as a crafter, no royalties for my sales as a retailer, up to $500.00, $70ish/yr if that limitation is exceeded. and I can reproduce approved images on any leather items except university restrictions regarding alcohol and gun/knife items. Very minimal approval requirements, great business exercises for you, and a large clientele. Don't forget your local sales/business license requirements (mine are no cost other than the collected taxes ). It was suggested here, on this forum, that I consider getting some stamps made for quicker production, which I did. I'll attach a pic of my most recent, and very popular, UW stamped coasters (registered trademark). All production is done by hand. I'll also post my first project, post blacksmithing. Good luck to you. You seem a very genuine, creative, and ambitious young man; that will take you very far. Enjoying this thread. Tammy Laramie Leatherworks
  2. I am sorry to the participating group. I had agreed to complete this challenge but was called out of state for a family emergency. I have notified Halo of my situation and advised I believe Yintx should received her coaster. If I'm incorrect, please let us know. Again, I am sorry. Tammy
  3. Scary, but I'm in; looking forward to the lessons. I get so much from this forum, so thank you to all who help us rookies. Tammy
  4. Wyowind - they are indeed. Had to provide an actual tooled piece before final approval. Whew, I passed. Protective heads up ALWAYS welcome. T
  5. To Wyowind, got it done, hence, exactly why I'm learning to do it right. . Thank you all. I have thought about a die, and will check all the leads. Inversion idea sure could make it better. So glad this is such a great forum for resources and coaching. Tammy
  6. Hello from Wyoming (name tells you I'm a transpant). Need some guidance to tool this small detail I'm using as an onlay. Horses mane, and all the nooks an crannies, are challenging me. Will be using this logo onlayed/tooled onto smaller items, to include totes, headcovers, wallets, etc. Hand painted, to date. Mostly using canvas and chrome tanned leathers. Size is no more than 4" high, as seen in pic. Need to go down to 3". Recommendations to find smallest tools, and techniques to consider. I appreciate any help. Tammy
  7. Thank you so much. Now for more practice.
  8. Thank you. My brother designed them and wears cuffs everyday.
  9. This was a gift for woodworker friend, but I sure could customize one. Right now, will work for materials cost and the practice.
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