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Hi all, I'm looking for assistance from all of you who make shoes and boots. By trade I'm a welder and heavy equipment mechanic, so I go through boots like nobody's business. Every 6-12 months (if I'm lucky) I'm looking for new boots, I've tried almost everything from White's to Brahma's and all the brands in between. But recently I got the idea to make my own boots. I think I can do it, but I don't know where to start. I already make leather goods on the side as a hobby, but you all make me look like a beginner. Please tell me how you got started, what resources you used to learn, books, tools, videos, supplies, etc. I'm not looking to start a business or anything like that, I just want to make them for myself and maybe my family. Can I make them by hand like the they did in the old days? Thanks in advance, this is the most helpful forum I've ever been on.
Hi Everyone! I'm just going to ramble all the questions because I want to know anything and everything! I've been heavily dabbling in leather for the past year working with veg tan from Tandy and mostly getting my information from there too. I want to break away from just veg tan, and especially get away from Tandy as I saw it as an easy distributor. Now that I've been scouring through this forum I've realized my mistake with Tandy. So I'm wondering, where do all the aussies buy their leather? I'd like to try not to pay an arm and a leg for overseas shipping, but more than willing to pay for quality. I also recently did an intensive shoe making short course. I got to design, cut and make my own pair of boots (besides the seamstress parts). Are there any shoe makers here who could give me pointers on where to start for supplies? And also what type of leather and thickness do you use for your upper leather? And also for your lining leather? These were answers I got but didn't retain during the course as I was pretty flat out making those shoes. I've also searched up machinery and tools and know I'll have to source those overseas if I wanted to start up a workshop. Wallets!! I've been making a few wallets here and there that are tooled on veg tan leather from Tandy and lined with their (crappy) lining leather. What leather if I were to pull away from veg tanned would be fun to use in any future wallets? I make billfolds currently with tooled designs relating to video games but I see all these beautifully finished upholstery leathers and I'd love to work with them somehow. (I just love making things) Any other tips are definitely appreciated!