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Can any of the resident leather guru's give me some direction on where I should start with leather working? I'm sure Id start making belts, pouches, slings,etc. Basically easier straight stuff but also want to work my way up to holsters and more difficult items. I have always loved anything leather and have said it's a skill I will learn one day. Well I am ready to do that. I'm sure it's best to start out by hand sewing and all that but if there is some certain equipment that I will need no matter of my preferences then I am willing to go ahead an buy it. I'm mainly looking for some recommended reading material or sources to go for supplies.

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gjohnsoniv

he does some really neat things...


Hope he doesnt mind that I volunteered him.. :rofl:

Don't mind at all, actually finishing up some horse things I'll have to show you.


Anyway. Send me a pm Maroonandwhite and I will give you a list of things and answer any questions you have.
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Tandy leather company offers some really nice starter and project kits. Pre cut holster kits and knife sheaths are just a Google search away. Said kits have been fun projects for me and absent a good leather workers assistance been educational as well. I did go to my public library and read all of the leather working books. In the end it's a true gift and talent.
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Used to do leather work many years ago. Mostly leather carving, I still have the tools and stamps and your welcome to them if your ever near Chattanooga. Just send me a PM.

Tandy leather is a good place to start.

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I really want make a wallet but haven't moved very far toward the goal. Let us know how you progress.

 

I have a wallet, just need something to put in it now ...

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Don't mind at all, actually finishing up some horse things I'll have to show you.


Anyway. Send me a pm Maroonandwhite and I will give you a list of things and answer any questions you have.

Ohh.. yes .. please do:) 

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There is a Tandy store off Harding in Nashville close to Sams. I don't think it's been open too long.

It's on Nolensville Rd. Inside, you'll find everything you need as well as a helpful and knowledgeable staff to answer any questions you might have.

 

http://www.jdlawhon.com/tutorial.html

Give the above tutorial a read. Also, become a member at the forum leatherworker.net.

 

I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

 

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Here was my first attempt at holstermaking.

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...and a few more recent attempts. It's a fun hobby.

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Tandy has moved to Harding Pike over by Donelson Rd. across the street from Sam's. If you've been to their old place, it's worth checking out their new digs. They've got a lot more space, and it's a really nice shop.
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Tandy has moved to Harding Pike over by Donelson Rd. across the street from Sam's. If you've been to their old place, it's worth checking out their new digs. They've got a lot more space, and it's a really nice shop.

I did not know that. I haven't been there in a while. Thanks.

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