First post, I have been lurking, reading lots of post, watching videos, and coming back up to speed. I did leather work back in high school in the mid to late 70's. Mostly just various kits and belts from Tandy, doing the tooling and then double stitch lacing wallets and purses. Picked it up again when my oldest was in scouts about 30 years ago.
I got laid off a month ago, and decided a few weeks ago to pull out my leather tools and get back into leather working. My wife is also excited about doing the leather work. She ordered a half hide of chrome tanned leather. I have modified a dental pick into a scratching awl (read about that in one of the post, and it works great). I have cut out 5 different wallets and purses from pdf files I have found on the interwebs. That is something new for me, cutting out the projects from a piece of leather. We also ordered a bunch of stuff from Tandy, replacing the old finishes, and getting sewing supplies, and some other stuff. Looking forward to punching my own holes and trying the sewing instead of lacing. It does seem strange to not tool the leather and sew instead of lacing, kind of like cheating and not doing all of the work I remember doing in the past, lol. I am also working on a couple of modular stitching pony for my wife and me. I'll post pictures once they are done.
Thanks for listening to me ramble,