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  1. New rifle butt stock cover, currently working on matching rifle sling. Family owned and operated
  2. Hi there everyone...I've been lurking on this forum for a couple years and never actually posted. I've been pretty regularly posting breakdowns of my builds over on the Leathercraft subreddit, so it felt right that I do it here as well. I post build journals of each piece when they are done both as a form of therapy and also hoping that it might help someone else. This is a simple wallet that I finished a couple weeks ago. Comments and criticism most welcome. Album: So this is both a humbling and gratifying build journal. There were some new techniques I was aching to try and additionally I had some mistakes and acts of God along the way. This build was supposed to be a standard Simple Wallet of my usual design. I have a hand press now and I've had dies made of the design (from Milwaukee Steel Rule Dies...excellent quality, folks) so I was looking forward to an easy build. I brought a bunch of leather samples and the client chose a combination of Barenia (which, btw, is essentially a double tanned calfskin from Haas that's used by Hermes. Degermann also has a double tanned calfskin that they used to call Barenia too but since Haas trademarked the name they now call it Baranil) and yellow Fil au Chinois thread. I thought it was a good combo and also opted for brown edges. Now...I had worked with Barenia before on a zipper pouchand I loved it so I was very excited and was going to try some new things: With the Barenia being tan and the brown edging I had in stock this would be my first time attempting contrast edging with a new technique for keeping the edges clean. The Barenia was also a little thicker than I like at 1.5mm so I was going to be skiving this down a LOT. Also moved up from an M3000 to a G6M fileteuse so working with new temperatures was going to be a new thrill. I got started by cutting out the pieces using the hand press...AMAZING. Such a time saver. I also feel, ethically, that this is still in line with my handmade and artisanal claims of using no machines in the making of my wallet (as opposed to using an automated machine like a CNC machine or a laser cutter). I got the skiving knife out and started skiving down my edges. I was kinda worried that I was going to have a wallet that was too thick but I pressed on. As I got started working I noticed that this Barenia was...different. My previous Barenia had a milled, almost uniform upholstery looking flesh side while being firm and oily. This Barenia was soft and the flesh side was stringy. Still lovely, same color...but different. I had already been making Instagram posts claiming it was Barenia. I checked with the guy I bought it from and...dammitdammitdammit...he sent me Swift leather instead of Barenia (Front and Back ; Barenia on the left and Swift on the right). I felt like an ass (and a noob) for not being able to identify it and also for selling the buyer on Barenia. Now...Swift leather is still used by Hermes and still has many of the same qualities (some people like it better because it's more scratch resistant). So I checked with the buyer, let him know the situation and he was totally ok with it. So on we went... Once skived down, I put the wax spreader on my brand new Regad G6M, cranked it up to "9" and it promptly made electrical crackling sounds and "pft"...died. The tip. Not the transformer thank God. After some calls around it looks like on the G6M you don't want to push the wax spreader any higher than "7" or it dies (on the M3000 this level seems to be a "9" so the G6M has more headroom for heat). Other tips are ok. Thankfully, Aaron at Rocky Mountain Leather Supply had a used tip and he sent it to me for cheap but in the meantime I used the S0.5H tip to finish the edges. This time around I wanted really really clean edge paint lines. So I basically spent a new step inbetween each coat, cleaning with canvas and a crepe rubber to make sure the lines were smooth and crisp and I was so happy I did. They looked great. Assembly proceeded. The client chose an embossed logo with no gold foil so after that we moved into stitching which went just fine. The softness of the Swift leather actually allowed the stitching to pull into the leather a little too much at the beginning but I eased up on the pressure and things started to look good. Once assembled we started to do the exterior edges. This was a little harder than the interior edges because the edge is a lot thicker, but I was really happy with how everything turned out and the client was as well! That and the Swift leather looked really classy so I think I might do this again. Long road, lots of lessons, happy customer. Pros: New edge paint method works great. Swift leather is a new leather in the stable to use. Hand clicker and dies worked wonderfully. Cons: Check your damn leathers, Kevin. If it looks wrong it probably is. Don't push the wax spreader over "7" anymore. Album: Instagram:
  3. Hello everyone! I hope this is OK to use as a thread of the many things I'll create I'll use this first post as an index of what I've made! I hope you enjoy and I always appreciate feedback and tips! My kraken book
  4. Second attempt at a butt stock cover, first time trying out airbrushing on leather. Customized for a friend.
  5. Paramount Saddlery

    Motorcycle seat

    Just finished a custom motorcycle seat. Pretty proud of it considering my skill set has been focused elsewhere for so many years. This was a collaboration with a leather artisan who did all the tooling.
  6. Nuttish

    Custom Stamped Rivets And Snaps

    I'm looking for some custom copper rivets with my brand on them, a la jeans. I'm also looking for some 1cm and similar size flat top snaps with my brand on them. Any ideas?
  7. Please check out this simple Kickstarter campaign I have created! All of the products offered as rewards are made in South Carolina and focus on my beverage holder product lines. All orders for custom goods will be shipped in time for Christmas. -Alec
  8. ThatGuyFromReno

    New/custom Tools And Techniques

    I am a new member to this website, and also a fairly new leatherworker (about 5 years or so). Admittedly this is also my first forum post of any kind. Let me start by saying that I think this site is a great idea, and has been extremely helpful to me (which is why I decided to sign up). The amount of knowledge so freely shared here is amazing. I can't thank everyone who contributes enough for that. The topic I propose is this (forgive me if I am doing this wrong, or this isn't an intended purpose): From reading through posts, I have noticed a lot of tools, techniques, tricks from multi-talented individuals. What I propose is a discussion about innovation. I do not have the means or the tools to produce new and innovative tools, and quite possibly techniques. I would like to get a discussion going about tool and technique innovation going. Perhaps someone has an idea for a new tool that would be useful, or a technique that they would like to try, but can't because of limited means (no machine shop, lack or the tools to try it). What I see coming from this post is this: New ideas: A tool that someone cannot create but may prove useful that someone has the ability to make, test and ultimately gain use from, hopefully manufacture at some point. Seemingly new ideas: Something that seems fresh, but someone has tried before, but didn't quite work as expected. Perhaps they can provide some insight as to why. A technique using current tools: A what if question, but maybe someone doesn't have the tools to do it, but would like to know what might happen if they did. The results that may come from it. I apologize if this post is too wide reaching, feel free to direct me to a post that may have already covered this (I tried to look), or flag it as needed. To start it off, I bought a roller beveler from Jeremiah Watt. I like the idea, but wondered if a tool with interchangeable wheels, like embossing or overstitch, with different patterns (crosshatch, lined, smooth, different angles/sizes) similar to the multiple beveling stamps available would be something useful. The problem I see, on top of it not being quite the same as a fully stamped piece, is depth and contrast. Any thoughts, contributions, criticism is welcome, and I appreciate it. Mark (I promise any future posts will be shorter)
  9. 276ccm

    Hold Fast

    From the album: 276ccm´s Leather Work

    Just finished the "Hold Fast" seat..

    © Marius Mellebye

  10. A couple custom slings I did recently. I was skeptical about the request but after finishing, I thought they were pretty cool. Different, but cool.
  11. Depending on the circumstances I carry either on my strong side, cross draw, or behind my back, plus the pistol itself is not super common so a store bought solution is not available..
  12. Hello. I'm sure more senior forum contributers are tired of this topic, but... I have been combing this site for information about saddle quality and what constitues quality contruction. I know most experts here hold a low opinion of production saddles, and seemingly for good reason. I have been looking for a quality saddle in a 16.5" seat with "FQH" bars/tree with a budget of $2250 (firm), with no luck. Got close, but no luck. My question for all you saddle makers and repairers: In your experience, are there ANY production saddles that show more elements of quality construction, than what is normally expected/observed? For example, I have been eyeing some Reinsman Ranch saddles - The shop manager told me that they use 20 guage seat strainers with built up leather ground/shaped seats, Hermann Oak grade 2 and occasionally grade 3 leather, stainless hardware, Precision Kevlar-reinforced trees w/lifetime warranty, etc. The guy was honest enought to tell me that they do use roofing nails (sparringly) in construction some aspect of the saddle. So what say you? ANy good production saddles out there? I will mostly be using it for hunting, trail riding, and maybe some light roping. I also ride dressage, so don't mind a a balanced seat either. Thanks.
  13. From the album: RJ's leather work

    Tooled Leather Fire Helmet Shield
  14. From the album: RJ's leather work

    Tooled Leather Fire Helmet Shield.
  15. Does anyone know where I can get a custom circle punch made? I would like one for cutting out circles in 8/9 oz leather for some coasters I'm making. I need a pretty specific size (4 1/8"), which is why I would probably need one custom made. I tried cutting one out by tracing a circle with a stencil I made, then cutting and sanding, but it took way too long to just do one coaster, let alone a whole set of coasters. I also don't want to spend a lot of money, so I am not opposed to tackling making one myself, I just wouldn't know where to start. I could use some kind of pipe, but I doubt Id be able to find something with that exact diameter. Thanks, Zayne
  16. mdeitrick

    Tjs Custom Leather Carvings

    Hello, I made a small introduction in my first post (here, then the second one) on the leather forums a while back, but figured this would be a nice centralized place for me to post images of my friends leather carvings. So, a new introduction... I am a web developer who is posting images of my friends custom leather carvings in the hopes of generating more interest and feedback. He has been creating custom leather carvings for well over a decade and his portfolio covers a wide spectrum of creations. Here is an image of TJ's most recent work - a custom USMC leather-faced clock. Since TJ does not know about this, please visit our website when your schedule permits at, go to the pictures gallery and send him feedback... if you happen to have any! Thanks again for any of your comments and/or support.
  17. I want to build my son a saddle. He's about 5 years old. I have experience building saddles. I've built about 12 now but only for adults. Just wondering what size of tree should I order how much leather I can expect to use a good tree style any other tips would be appreciated. Thanks.
  18. Hi everyone, I've been a member for awhile now, but haven't posted anything, mostly because when I signed up I was very green in the leather world (still am). I am a 17 year veteran firefighter in a major city, and decided to combine my career and my hobby. Six months ago I made a custom leather fire helmet shield for myself, when I put it on my helmet I immediately got questions about it. That turned into a flyer, which turned into a website. I have now built over 120 shields, having them in departments from California to New York. It has been a whirlwind experience to say the least. I felt like now was the time to finally post some pictures here, where I got a lot of great tips and inspiration. If you would like to see more, you can go to Thanks, Ryan
  19. Hello, I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction as far as dyeing leather with indigo goes. I love the color it produces, and I am not a huge fan of using oil based dyes. I'd like to dye leather with actual indigo. Has anyone had any experience with this?
  20. Oldtoolsniper

    Ivory Inlay Awl

    I made this after seeing Rawcustoms post on making a new Awl blade holder. I used his idea for the blade holder and bought the double collet pin vise from EBay. I don't make my own blades, I buy them. The handle is turned out of Cocobolo with a brass ferrule turned to flush itself with the Cocobolo. The business end of course is the pin vise. I struggled with how to handle the reference point on the handle. I've read where folks sand down a flat spot for reference. That would serve to keep the handle from rolling around too. You would not have to look either but in my case I've been sewn back together enough to know I'm not real found of that. I prefer to watch myself stab myself so I went with an orientation inlay so I have to watch. The inlay is Ivory from a late 1800's piano that went to the scrap yard, I harvested the keys and soaked the ivories off to use as inlays. Figuring out how to cut the ivory was interesting to say the least. I am about three weeks into leather work and this site has helped me greatly. What drove me to leather work is unprotected sharp pointy things. My friends have a hard time not cutting themselves when they visit. I warn them if it's meant to be sharp and I own it, well it's sharp. I'm forced to either make sheaths for my sharp pointy things or get new friends. I see it this way, if you pick it up, unsnap the sheath strap, pull it out of the sheath and proceed to insert the sharp pointy thing into you body all by yourself you must have wanted it there. Thank you all for helping to protect my friends from themselves.
  21. hi guys, i am hoping someone will be able to let me know how the designs in the example images are created. i am a novice leatherworker but most of the tools/techniques i have seen for tooling leather involve mainly stamping. but in these examples a tool is being used to remove some of the leather, kind of like a stitch-groover, but i imagine it must be different somehow since the ends of the lines all taper nicely to a point, which i don't think you can achieve with a standard stitch-groover. also i would like to point out (in case there is some confusion) these examples are *not my own work*; they are from 'wasteland oddities' vendor on, linked here: i would have liked to reach out to creator directly but i don't have a facebook account and don't want one. anyways, any advice on how this tooling effect is achieved would be greatly appreciated. thanks!
  22. From the album: Three Mutts Customs pics

    New custom tank bib for a 2013 Harley Road King with eagle and feathers. Hand tooled and painted with Citadel & Vallejo acrylics paints. Turquoise lacing from Australia in triple loop for the edges.

    © Chris Wright - 2014

  23. tossik

    Custom Head Knifes For Sale

    Hi everyone, I have two very beautiful head knifes for sale. My brother made them based on designs found online. They are extreemely sharp. I can provide more pictures and videos per request. Details: Custom 5" head knifes for me. 15n20 steel from an old lumber mill saw. The top knife has exotic Bocote wood from Central America Bottom handle is from Chechen (Caribbean Rosewood) found in Cuba. Custom copper mosaic pins. 60-61 HRC (hardness). Asking $115 each w/ free shipping around USA. Paypal only. Please PM. Head Knife by Tolik Pugach, on Flickr