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  1. I am a published writer with articles in a now defunct trucking publication. I haven't written anything of substance in a while but I am open to learning your format if you are still looking. I posted a few images in the gallery of things I have made. I am well versed in the use of a leatherworker's toolkit and I am familiar with the various chemicals we use in the process. Let's have a conversation.
  2. I had no idea there was this kind of conversation swirling around the term "handmade". I'm not sure I really have anything of substance to offer here but it occurs to me that maybe the term "Artisan" (which I have seen in this conversation a few times) is more appropriate for what we do. I know I will be repeating much of what has already been said, however, In the same way that a baker uses basic tools like a measuring cup, rolling pin and a hot oven to make artisan bread. A woodworker may use a tablesaw, mallet and chisels to make custom furniture. Leatherworkers may use needle/thread, after poking their holes with a mallet/chisel punches. Or they may go the route of a sewing machine to make their custom creations. What we do has far less to do with the tools we choose to employ than how we manipulate the raw materials we work with into pieces of art. Understanding what a tool is for and how it affects the final outcome of the thing you are making is what makes us Artisans. To the original post: I think the terms "Handmade" and "Handcrafted" have just become synonymous in our vernacular with terms like "Artisan" and "From Scratch". Handmade indicates to the buyer that what they are getting is something that wasn't just assembled from a pile of ready-made pieces that needed to be fit together. Saying this belt or this purse, this watch band or this backpack is handmade is the makers way of saying "With love, I made this".
  3. Thank You. I have found over time that hand stitching is something I really enjoy. It is fun and relaxing.
  4. That's Beautiful. I love the way the blue thread looks. I just finished my first watch band with bund strap as well.
  5. Hello everyone. It never occured to me to look for a dedicated online forum when I first started out on this little adventure. My story starts the same way many of your do too - A couple of years ago, I was in need of a new belt. I was usually content with the store-bought belts that I had been wearing all my life until I saw a guy with a genuine veg tan leather belt and asked him about it. I told my brother about what I had seen and the conversation that ensued, a week later a beginners leatherworking tool kit arrived with a dozen belt blanks and a note from my brother telling me to have at it and see what I could do. Those first few belts were a disaster; horrible dye jobs. The edges were nowhere near nice enough to show anyone. I rushed through the first batch rather than taking my time to get them right. I have since slowed down. Each step it taken with care. As my skills improved, so have my tools. My most recent project is a new wristband for my watch as they don't make them long enough to go around my wrists.
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