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  1. So I am looking to make a "tote" or large purse. Just a simple square shape around 18-24" and 4-6" width at the bottom and a square pocket on the outside. Likely unlined to begin with. To date I have purchased: Wickett and Craig (bellies in English Bridle and skirting) ; Springfield leather: ( "oil tan" all different types, veg tan in their line up as well as Hermann Oak in veg tan and English bridle) I know the average weighs for this project are typically about 6-7oz in weight or around 2mm in thickness. My question is what type of leather should I purchase?? I would like a veg tan based on my experience thus far. Just want to be completely sure what to buy or have done to the side before I put in my order. (i.e., pasted back split to 6oz, etc..) If you have ordered sides from WandC this would be extremely helpful. Open to all suggestions. Thank you all for you help!
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    A Couple of Knife Sheaths

    Very Nice. Do you mind me asking which machine you used and which one you prefer? It appears you have a few. Thanks, Bryan
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    Hello from Georgia

    Thank you for the info. I have some Hermann Oak 4/5 oz I may make a wallet out of tomorrow but honestly it's a lot thicker than 2/3 I also have on hand (one is veg tan the other is London tan in English bridle). Too bad they do not match up. Thanks everyone for the input! I am reading and learning. I used up some the last of some cheap 5/6oz and 8-9oz scrap I had on hand to finish putting this together.
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    Hello from Georgia

    Thank you for the compliment and for the advice (I have been trying this method but I still mess up a lot). I know I have a long ways to go in my learning. One or two clicks through the gallery and it's pretty evident that a lot of you have some serious talent! I keep thinking that a sewing machine would be a great addition but I'm not sure I could justify buying one right now.
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    Hello from Georgia

    Thanks Gary, What type of leather would you recommend that they sell and What Grade? My next purchase should probably be used for purses so I can justify the cost with my better half... My last few purchases were Herman oak veg tan in 8oz-9oz and 4-5oz but I have not had the chance to use it. I'm still using the last of some cheaper veg tan and various oil tan hides in order to practice.
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    Hello from Georgia

    Hello and thank you for the kind words.
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    Hello from Georgia

    Hey Everyone, New member here from Georgia. I decided to pick up a new hobby, as if the last dozen hobbies didn't cost me enough.. That was about 5 months ago. Looking back I should have probably invested in better tools from the start. I am slowly adding more quality tools but between life, kids, etc. it has been a slow go. Some of my struggles include: Picking the right type and weight of leather messing up stitching holes near corners (spacing ends up to narrow or far) Trying to stitch a welt in a holster or sheath (holes never line up or are crooked since I cannot punch through 3 layers) Buying tools that do not end up working for me when I should have bought quality to begin with A few pictures of what I have made minus quite a few things I have given to family and friends. Right now I'm mostly focused on wallets and a request for a large purse. I'm struggling with finding the right type and thickness of leather for these projects. Any Input is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Bryan