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Hello all,

I haven't done leatherworking since we made keychains as a kid. Now, I've got the hobby bug, but also have young kids, so my other hobby (blacksmithing) isn't conducive to having 2 under 5 kids running around.

 

Anyways, my wife and I enjoy dressing up for Halloween and I want to start going to Ren Faires, so I'm thinking leatherworking would be a hobby that I could make some cool stuff with (and can be done without the danger of lighting my children on fire).

 

Glad to meet you all and I wouldn't mind some guidance on getting started with clothing/ armor (or leather bags), but I plan to scour the forums for useful info as well.

 

Cheers!

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Welcome !!

I can't help with the items you are interested in but someone will .

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Run away...don't walk, just put down the swivel knife and head for the hills with your wallet and sanity intact!  
Just kidding -- welcome to leatherwork!  Instead of burning yourself, you'll cut and stab yourself, but you'll still get to make beautiful and functional things in an ancient craft. ;-)

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Check out Prince Armory on You tube, I consider the best and great tutorials and patterns if you want

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Just watched a video of theirs about tools to start out with. Very helpful, thanks! 

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You could do worse than to start with key chains, or key fobs as they're called in Britain. Depending on how far you want to go, they can show you - 

pattern making, cutting out, stitching, edge bevelling & finishing, carving, dyeing/staining, and use of the knife, and other tools

Search YouTube for beginner's leather tools, techniques, and simple items such as key fobs, bookmarks,  & card holders

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On 9/10/2022 at 7:52 PM, Paximilian said:

Hello all,

I haven't done leatherworking since we made keychains as a kid. Now, I've got the hobby bug, but also have young kids, so my other hobby (blacksmithing) isn't conducive to having 2 under 5 kids running around.

 

Anyways, my wife and I enjoy dressing up for Halloween and I want to start going to Ren Faires, so I'm thinking leatherworking would be a hobby that I could make some cool stuff with (and can be done without the danger of lighting my children on fire).

 

Glad to meet you all and I wouldn't mind some guidance on getting started with clothing/ armor (or leather bags), but I plan to scour the forums for useful info as well.

 

Cheers!

For the hobby of working with leather, I can offer engraving on leather. Very much in demand right now.

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If you are interested in garb for RenFaires, start there and figure out what you want your garb to look like. If you are going to do something simple like a tunic, start with a simple a ring belt.  Not much to it.  Then a couple of simple draw string pouches would be easy today.  Maybe something a bit more fancy next. Check out Karl Robinson in the UK for inspiration. Eventually you can work up to doing shoes or boots.  They look impossible I know, but you can make them..  Somebody was able to make them all those hundreds of years ago with just a very basic set tools.

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If you're thinking of re-enactment fairs, have a look here. Yes it's a British site but it will show you the sorts of things that can be done; perhaps there is something similar in the USA?

Also Search YouTube for making leather reenactment items, roman sandals, medieval shoes, viking shoes, drawstring bags & pouches  and so on

Home | The Original Reenactors Market

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