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About RSmithLeather

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  • Birthday December 13

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    Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Interests
    Leathercraft, Carpentry, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Sports

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  • Leatherwork Specialty
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    Wallets, Bags, Holsters

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  1. If I decided to acquire your leather conditioner and sealer, how would I go about doing so?
  2. I'm grateful I found this website and forum, great information from people with experience. Tell you what, I'm getting orders left and right just by posting pictures on facebook haha. Now people are asking for wallets, bags, tool belts, repairs, I'm pretty amazed that things have escalated this quickly. Pricing will get easier as I research more and more. Learned a ton in just 8 months. Leathercraft is some cool stuff. Right off the bat expenses are pretty high to get all the tools, leather, and equipment, but now that I'm there, I'm excited for what's to come. Thanks again and God bless fellas.
  3. Thanks man, I'm located in Erie, Pa. There are very few people (if any) hand tooling belts like this in the area, so I don't have any local people to compare prices with. I think this is a great business opportunity for me, providing local products for people who would otherwise have to order them online and while traveling. Much appreciated!
  4. That makes perfect sense. I will take your advice into serious consideration. I can't express how grateful I am for the guidance, I don't know any serious leathercraftsmen to bounce ideas off of yet. I've been on my own so far on this endeavor. Much appreciated.
  5. I'm new to the the leather game and want to charge enough to make a profit, however, I like to hook people up with one of a kind items affordably. What would you sell this for? It took me 4 hours to tool.
  6. Thanks a ton! My intuition said return it, especially given the price I paid. Being new to the game, I still feel naive when it comes to the different tanneries and suppliers. Still learning, onward and upward, thanks again.
  7. Greetings, my name is Randall Smith and I am fairly new to the leather game. I am currently specializing in making high quality and long lasting belts. I've been hand tooling leather belts with 8-10oz Tandy Leather Hides and recently tried an 8-10oz Wickett and Craig tooling side. It seems to me that 8-10oz leather is not thick enough to be durable for a long period of time. I am wondering what leather and thickness you use in order to make the longest lasting tooled belts. I thought about buying skirting because it's typically thicker, but I'm worried that skirting sides wont be as clean. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Additionally, I have been making english bridle belts with Wickett and Craigs leather in 10-12oz. I am wondering what brand ( Hermann Oak, Wickett and Craig, etc), what style ( Harness, English Bridle, Bridle, Skirting, etc), and what thickness (oz) makes the highest quality and longest lasting belt (In your opinion). Help would be greatly appreciated, I'm trying to make the best!! Randall
  8. Greetings. I am a fairly new leather worker who is specializing in belts at the moment. I recently placed an order with Wickett and Craig and asked for the "Top of the line" english bridle leather in four different colors. I spent a great deal of money. I ordered a side previously and the quality was wonderful. After receiving the latest batch of leather I observed that one or two of the sides were ugly and made up of wrinkles and grain issues, leaving me with would be a small yield. I am especially unhappy that I spent $17.50/ft on a double bend that has many imperfections as well. I am wondering if it is common practice to return hides or whether that is an industry "no no." I've heard great things about Wickett and Craig, but fear that my products wont be superior quality if I allow them to send me anything less than above average leather. Guidance would be greatly appreciated. I don't want to ruin my rapport with the sales staff by being too picky, but I want and need only the best. Additionally, I would like to know if anyone has any input on where to get the highest quality English Bridle leather.
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