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u/Yeg123abc · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

you want something like this

I just found a random one on amazon. You can get them from china for cheaper but will have to wait quite a while for delivery. That will punch the holes very nicely and the needle should go though without too much effort. It's best to have one with 2 prongs as well to go around corners. Tools are expensive but it really shows in the project. Take your time with the stitching. It's the greatest single way to improve the finished project for people getting into leather work IMO. In my experience there isn't a great way to finish the inside of leather. Most people use pigskin as a liner as far as I know. It is very thin. Either that or design the piece so that no part of the inside is visible. If you haven't checked out this guys youtube demos do it NOW. They are amazing and I use them all the time. Really nice work and great quality of videos too.

u/Giving_In · 4 pointsr/Leathercraft

First I'll list what I bought and then I'll discuss what I have or what I'd have done differently.

Not listed are an xacto blade/utility knife, cork-backed ruler, and steel square. These were purchased at Harbor Freight.

Awl Haft

Diamond Awl Blade

The awl haft and diamond blade (E42) are great. I like the combo I bought. The handle has a chuck instead of some I saw which need the blade pressed in to the chuck.

Channel Groover

The channel groover I bought is nice. The chuck, similar to the awl haft, is very convenient for quick adjustments.

Overstitch Wheel

Doing it again, I probably would have bought some diamond chisels over the overstitch wheel, but so far it's worked alright. I will be buying the chisels eventually.

Edge Beveling Kit

I had no idea what edge beveler to buy with so many sizes and never having touched leather, so I'm really happy with the one I bought. It comes with 5 sizes.

Harness Needles

I bought 3 sizes of harness needles. Probably overkill but they were $3 a pack and I didn't know what size I needed. I've been using the medium ones and they are working well with the thread I got.

Cutting Mat

The cutting mat is nice. It's a bit thicker than the ones I found locally at Michaels.

Lacing Pony

The lacing pony is probably my biggest regret that I was forced to buy. I don't have access to any woodworking tools so I was stuck purchasing one. I should have had a coworker do it for me in his shop at 1/5 of the cost. It comes in two pieces and the holes in mine didn't line up at all. I ended up having to drill a hole for the screw.

Art of Hand Sewing

The book comes highly recommended from everyone. I've flipped through it but I learned my basic technique from youtube videos. As I try to do more I'm sure I'll reference it.


I bought .035" waxed cord from Maine Thread. I have nothing to compare it to but it seems to work okay.


And finally the leather. I'm still not sure if I made the right purchase, although buying a shoulder of leather seems to be a popular beginner suggestion. Already I'd like to have more variety, but I think I'm going to a Tandy Leather this weekend so maybe I'll pick up some other random stuff.

Things I didn't buy that I should have:

Contact Cement

Gum Trag

Burnishing Tool


Leather finish

I actually made a decent stitch I was happy with on my second try. I didn't buy these items because I planned on doing lots of practice on scraps but because I feel good about my initial work I'd like to try to make something. Without those few items I'm kinda stuck for the moment.

u/vicroll91 · 3 pointsr/Leathercraft

In my experience, Tandy tools tend to be higher priced than a lot of USA-made tools, and are of lower quality. While that kit covers everything you would likely need, I think you would be better off searching eBay/Amazon/Springfield Leather for better tools.

For $600 you could build a set of tools tailored to your needs, and they'll last forever. I've had good luck with CS Osborne tools, and all three of the above listed retailers carry them. There are also vintage tools to be had on eBay that are works of art in their own right, and have many years of use left in them.

This is my favorite leatherworking book on leatherworking. This is an incredible book that will teach you the ins and outs of the finer side of leatherworking (stitching/dyeing/glueing/tools/techniques/etc). You may also want a book on leather armor or tooling (I don't tool leather so I don't have a recommendation).

Based on Tandy's picture, I see a lot of tools you may never need, so you might as well get the right tools for the money you spend.

I would start with finding the following tools:

-Diamond awl

-Scratch awl (for marking)

-Wing dividers (for marking stitch lines)



-Soft mallet (weighted)

-Sharpening stone

-Strop and stropping compound (for keeping knives and awls razor sharp)

-Natural Vegetable-tanned leather (3-4 oz or 4-5 oz for small items, 8-9 for belts/straps).

-Waxed thread (research the sizes to match the number of stitches per inch you plan to do).

-Rotary cutter

-Exacto knife/blades

-Contact cement

-Stitching clam

-Pricking iron (goodsjapan sells very affordable irons for making your holes, and they are of good quality)

-Fiebings dye

-Fiebings Tankote (finisher/sealer)


This is a basic list of items you will need, but to be honest, you could make just about anything with the above tools. As for actually tooling designs into the leather, the list of tools grows longer (stamps/finishes).

On a sidenote, I would not buy my leather from Tandy. While they do have sales every so often, the sale price is still right about what you pay at a place like Springfield Leather or Maverick Leather. I have not dealt with Maverick, but I buy my leather almost exclusively from Springfield. I keep bringing them up because they are extremely helpful and accommodating, and you can purchase USA Hermann Oak tooling leather for a good deal less than from Tandy (who tend to sell imported leather at high prices, anyways).

I don't mean to keep bashing Tandy, but I have spent a good deal of time and money replacing their tools with USA/European/Japanese tools at a lower cost.

As you get back into leathercraft, you will find that as you hone your skills,the need for more specialized tools will arise. For now, focus on building a set of tools to get you going, and then move forward from there.

Good luck!

u/golden-needle · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

Sorry for the late reply!

Leathercrafting is easier to get into than it looks. It's just like taking pieces of paper and stapling them together, except you are using leather and stitches.

I think the best way to start out is to make something simple and cut out as many unnecessary steps as possible (for example buy pre-dyed leather rather than trying to dye it yourself). Later on, you can start identifying features you want to add (e.g. rounded corners, beveled & burnished edges, etc.) and purchase more equipment as needed.

If you wanted to create a simple cardholder that looks like this, here's way you could do that:

  1. Cut leather rectangles -- two 101 x 71 mm + one 101 x 60 mm.

  2. Glue any parts that will stay together (I really like Barge Contact Cement or this water-based adhesive). This means gluing the two 101 x 71 pieces together completely and gluing the edges of the 101 x 60 piece to one side. You can use Q-tips to neatly apply glue along edges.

  3. Use something like a wing divider or edge creaser to draw a straight line along the edge to be stitched. In this case, it would be a rectangle (see red lines in this image).

  4. Use a pricking iron to poke holes along the line.

  5. Saddle stitch your item.

    That's it! Optionally you can look into beveling and burnishing your item.

    If you are in the US, I'd recommend picking up a small panel of leather from Rocky Mountain Leather Supply. You can just get a sqft (9" x 16"). I used 3 oz (1.2 mm) thick Buttero leather in the cardholder above.

    Then you need some thread and needles. If you want a more rugged, traditional look, Ritza "tiger" thread works great. For small goods, I'd use the thinnest available (0.6 mm for small spools). Size 4 John James needles are perfect for this. An alternative to the "tiger" thread is waxed linen thread (my preference).

    Good pricking irons can be expensive, but you can probably start out with some cheap ones on Amazon. There are a few common options. These include diamond-shaped ones and french styled ones.

    As you get better, you will want to start experimenting with rounded corners, burnishing edges, etc. There are a lot of great resources on this subreddit. If you have any particular questions about what I do or what tools I use, feel free to message me or email me at [email protected]!

    P.S. Armitage Leather has a great tutorial for making wallets.
u/stay_at_home_daddy · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

A belt is a great project for a beginner. In regards to your tool list I would swap out a few things.


If you are wanting a dress belt then I would go with a lighter weight of leather. I've got a belt on the bench right now using two layers of 4/5 oz leather. Personally I think that is a good for a casual belt.

What I do is cut the inside liner slightly wider than the actual belt. Then once it is glued I come back and trim it to match the outside.

That thread looks a little fine. It is recommend for 8 stitches per inch. I would suggest you start with 6 stitches per inch. Something like this would probably be more approiate.

I personally don't use chisels for several reasons. First, good ones are expensive. I would rather spend my money on other tools. Secondly with a little practice a over stitch wheel and awl will give you great results. I also don't have to buy new chisels for different stitches per inch.

I have the awl set you linked to. I don't care for it at all. After a few projects I upgraded it. For a inexpensive awl I would reccomend this haft and this blade. The nice thing about that haft is that it has a flat sides. This allows you to always have the same angle when using the awl.

No matter what awl blade you get you will need to sharpen it. Nigel Armitage has a good video on how to do that.

Anything will work just fine. I worked in a saddle shop that used barges cement so that is what I use. That is mainly just habit. I've heard of people using wood glue before. As long as it holds while you do your sewing you are good.

The one thing you don't have on your list that I think every leatherworker should have is The Art of Hand Sewing Leather.

u/The_Great_Distaste · 3 pointsr/Leathercraft

The cheap route of producing a wallet you'll be happy with:
Sharp knife(exact or utility work) like $5-$10 if you don't have one

Diamond Chisels- $18 3mm
There are cheaper ones but I've used these so its what I can recommend. You could just use a cheap Awl to punch holes but it won't look nearly as nice since it's your first project. If you go the awl route then make sure you get a small one

Thread- $7 Ritza 25 Tiger thread .06mm at Rocky Mountain Leather Supply. You can cheap thread but it is harder to work with and doesn't look as nice imo.

Needles- Use the smallest needles you have that will fit the thread, if you don't have any needles then get John James Saddlers Harness Needles Size 4, $7.50 at Rocky Mountain Leather Supply

Contact Cement- Dap weldwood like $6 for a pint on amazon as an add-on item.

Those items will let you make a decent product. You still may want something to clean up edges. If its veg tan you might want an edge beveler and you can use a piece of canvas or jeans to burnish. If it's chrome tanned then you'll want edge kote($8) or something similar. Or you can just leave it as is if you like that look since it's your wallet.

u/SoverignSyndicate · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

Looks pretty good. Always come in at least 3/16 of an inch from edge for stitching. Get yourself a stitching groover too. It cuts a groove in the leather both to help heep stitches straight, and so your thread doesn't sit proud if the leather. Especially for an item that will be in and out of your pocket. Get a set of diamond stitching chisels too to help you with spacing, and clean up your stitches.
Other than that. I would personally do this with a thicker veg tan leather, obviously you have what you have. But thicker veg tan allows you to better finish the edges of the leather and use an edge coat to both make it pop, and to protect the edge of the leather which is what will surely start to wear first on this item. You dun good, though, just need to practice!

u/yabbayaypw · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

Finished this up the other day, and really pleased with how it came out.

It's a six-card bifold with two hidden pockets. For the exterior, I used a natural shell cordovan, which I finished with a coat of Tokonole and then Atom Wax.

The interior used some unglazed olive harness leather from District Leather Supply. A little darker than the picture let on, but it goes well with the whiskey shell.

This was the first time I've made a bifold with straight t-slots, and I was pretty pleased with how well it creased, giving a more professional look than some of my other pieces.

Some details: used 3.38mm Wuta Irons, stitched with .06mm Cream Ritza thread, and edges were finished with Tokonole and beeswax.

If you got this far, thanks for giving this a look!

u/GrumpysWorkshop · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

Double sided belts are usually just 2 pieces of leather, 8-9oz sewn back to back. Adding a third layer would add bulk, but almost no strength, and it might cause unsightly buckling as the outside leathers aren't as thick. If all you need is a belt, single thickness belts of 12oz+ would be much easier, and you can still opt to sew up the working end for some practice. Generally, it's advised to start with smaller projects like card holders, so you can get the practice and it's not a big deal if you screw up. Backed belts are hundreds of stitches, so unless you're really determined, it's not a starter project.

When it comes to stitching, Al Stohlman's Art of Hand Sewing Leather has all you need to know about western saddle stitch. No chisels, just 2 needles and an awl. You'll get decent results just fine with a bit of practice.

Other things you'll need:

  • Diamond awl
  • Groover
  • Oversticher/ spacemarker
  • Harness Needles
  • Thread
  • Beeswax
  • Contact cement

    SLC has a decent starter kit, but other recommendations are out there too. For thread, I use Barbours Linen 6 Cord and wax it myself. You'll need a pony or sewing clam, but I made mine, so I can't help you there. I only use a punch when I'm hand sewing very thin or flimsy leathers.
u/drewmey · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

I don't have a direct answer, but I would say that if you plan to stick with this hobby, I would suggest the cheaper option. Odds are that you are going to want to upgrade from either one. Diamond chisels aren't the greatest if you intend to go through anything above 8oz total. And they definitely leave a less appealing hole. Don't get me wrong, they work and get the job done for me most of the time.

I've got some Aiskaer diamond chisels. I am glad that I bought them (as the alternatives to what I want now would have prevented me from even trying the hobby) but I totally plan on replacing them if I can sell enough items at cost to justify not losing money on leather. The point being, I wouldn't suggest spending a lot of money there unless you truly think you will be satisfied with them.

u/Blackeye30 · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

The Seiwa irons are very nice, I use them and I like them, great value for the price. Bear in mind too that certain tools can be found elsewhere for non-"leather" specific use. I have this divider and it works great. As far as awls go, i recently upgraded to a Bob Douglas diamond awl and the difference is absolutely night and day, highly recommend it.

u/baconresearch · 3 pointsr/Leathercraft

amazing work, would love to see the final full pic.
I feel like the build may have been easier if you used pricking irons rather than a hand sewing punch, it helps to keep even spacing and you can make a bunch of holes in one go.

again, great work

u/thesmoth · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

Thanks for the tip!

Nobody seems to sell ones with 5 mm prong pitch, but I found them with 4 mm prong pitch.


Also, i'm looking into ordering this leather. 4 oz thickness seems perfect for wallets, and its sort of like the natural veg tan people recommend, but horween and cheap ($5 per square foot, about $100 for a 20 sqft hide).

This set has the same specs (2 mm prong, 4 mm prong pitch), but looks sharper?

u/josermj · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

This is my first attempt at any sheath and wet forming. That is the reason I decided to test it out first with a scrap piece. I liked the minimalist idea and this is what I came up with. I also tested my new diamond chisels and I love them but if the stitches look a little off it's because I just eyeballed the whole project. I used 5-6 oz veg, .7 mil Kevlar thread, and finished it with olive oil then tried my burnishing wax as a water repellent by melting some over the whole thing with a hair dryer then rubbing it in while hot. I like the look of it. As for the burnishing wax I used equal parts bee and paraffin wax. I tried it on a really rough edge and used nothing but the wax and I think it works great. Any comments or suggestions would appreciated. Here are the chisels I used. It makes 8 stitches per inch.

u/Clickercounter · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

I read The Art of Hand Stitching Leather and this saved me a ton of time. I built the horse mostly to the specifications in the book and it is really helpful. Hand stitching takes about a third of the time for me now. A good awl and good technique in punching the leather made a huge difference in the quality of my stitches as well.

u/ltstranger · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

I dont have a picture right now, but this link is pretty much What like what I used.

If you look at the picture of the end of the roll you can see the sides better. It is kinda like what you are saying. It is fleshy and softer on one side, but a little slicker and like sandpaper on the other.

Ive got some left over leather so ill do some experimenting with it.

u/Midgetforsale · 3 pointsr/Leathercraft

Absolutely. I would recommend a few tools to get started - a cheap set of stitching chisels to get you started (these poke the holes for the needles to go in and out of), a cheap wing divider to scribe a straight stitching line, some waxed thread I linked Ritza Tiger 25 in 0.6mm because it's pretty much all I use, there are cheaper options, but this thread is wonderful to work with. Most of the other thread on amazon is going to be thicker and look too chunky with a 4mm iron IMO. Lastly, some needles. I use and like these. Then just look up a few youtube videos on saddle stitching. You'll have it down in no time. It's really not super difficult, there are a few tricks to making it look nice.

u/MDWaxx · 5 pointsr/Leathercraft

I'm just beginning myself, but Al Stohlman's The Art of Hand Sewing Leather is pretty much the go-to resource for learning how to hand stitch.

u/halfmoonleather · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

I love to tool, but wow is it hard. Pick up some of the Al Stohlman books on tooling. They are great.

u/shiquorlits · 14 pointsr/Leathercraft

The skull is great, but the stitching and edges could use work.

I highly recommend you look into getting a set of leather stitching punches like these (I don’t know anything about this brand in particular, just linking to an example). It makes hand-stitching way easier and indistinguishable from a machine stitch in terms of aesthetics.

u/ekajrepus · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

I like to draw, but I bought a few books when I started and did some direct tracing for practice. I feel like planning out a carving is different from drawing, and having some reference to trace helped me figure out some of the ins and outs.

I'd say $50 may be a little pricey- maybe get one or two books to start and go from there?

Maybe western style isn't what you're into, but I can speak for the Al Stohlman books. How to carve leather has lots of patterns (flora AND fauna), great advice, tools used for each carving, and it's only $12 on amazon.

u/RollingHomeToYou · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

This is just my second wallet, heavily inspired by /u/sgircys (thanks for the awesome tutorial). The leather is 2-3 oz Oak Leaf from Tandy. I've given it a couple of coats of neatsfoot oil and left it in the sun for a day. The tread is 0.8 mm black tiger thread. Chisels are these cheap ones from amazon. I've used the 6 prong one to do all of the holes in the wallet.

Another side question, if I want to get a dye would you guys recommend the oil based ones or water based?

u/ASJ713 · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

Here's a few books on my wish list, a lot of good resources seem to be in other languages. - this one looks the most promising, but deciding whether or not to buy this one

In Chinese, but seems to have a lot of photos. Not sure that it's my style, though

Art et techniques du cuir -- just ordered this, I don't read French but hoping I can manage... I will post a review if this is any good

u/daslillich · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

Gotcha. Does it stretch or move a lot when you cut it?

Yeah that’s not the best way to mark stitching lines so I recommend a wing divider. This will be cost effective and will help tremendously with your stitching.

I bought these two when I started and still use them.

They work great for me and will eventually upgrade to some quality tools like KS.

u/Juantumechanics · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

Thanks so much for the response!

Hmmm maybe that's it. What do you mean by casting? Also, I wonder if my needle is too large. I find that to really get it through the holes, I need to push an awl through and the original diamond shape is somewhat lost. As far as ensuring the slant, I think I'm doing this correctly. It's hard to tell from this picture as the stitches rest in a stitching groove, but they had a slight slant, and the backend definitely looked ~ok~ (though a bit messy like you see in the picture as far as looking a bit "twisted")

I agree about the thread gauge too-- maybe it's too thick.




u/HopHeadIPA · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

Thanks for the interest. I used 2-3oz economy leather from Tandy Leather. Here's the list of tools I used:

u/ardentTech · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

Good question, and it pains me a bit that I have a small box of unused tools that were purchased when I began. I'm sure I missed a few things, but here you go:

u/Landholder · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

Stohlman's How to Make Leather Cases Vol. 3 has plans for a very nice scabbard, but it's not for a 10/22. Still, it's chock full of useful information for the leatherworker. Very heavily western-inspired, however, if you prefer the European look you might want to get The Leatherworking Handbook for inspiration. No rifle scabbard plans there, however.

u/MHFINELEATHER · 3 pointsr/Leathercraft

Your bag looks like the first bag I made. It has the earmarks of being made by someone who has experience sewing fabric and apparel. Fabric sewing and leather craft have many shared skills, but leather has stand alone skills that you will need to learn. Many crafters here have learned through on-line tutorials. I started with this book, which I would recommend. This book is also a wonderful resource for bag designers

u/gunzor · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

Barge cement is good for flexibility.

I'm going to agree with getting a new strap, but check out the kits they make on Fabnik. I bought the Stitch kit and it's really very nice. And you get to make it yourself, so it's even more of a sense of accomplishment.

u/sylvezine · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

I think it's this one through Amazon: Leather Side Piece Veg Tan Split Medium Weight

So based on aColorfulWorld comment, looks like I got exactly what I asked for, just didn't know what to ask. Well, learned my lesson this time around.


u/ninique_svk · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

Sure, some of the general shops that comes to mind:

u/BUlletKakke · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft
  1. Your current mock-up is good for figuring out the basics of what you want it to look like. You'll want to go back through and do a mock-up with posterboard & tape. You can then disassemble the posterboard and use it as a template for cutting out your leather to the appropriate dimensions. Trust me - this will make things much easier and reduce the risk of screwing up/wasting leather when you get to that step.

  2. You need a leather that is rigid enough to undergo wear and tear, so your best bet is to go with some medium weight vegtan leather

  3. Other than the leather, you'll need a stitching awl, needles, and thread. These are the bare basics for what you're trying to do. Other tools like a stitching groover can help you get a nicer finished product but aren't necessary if you're simply going for a basic, serviceable pouch on your first project.
u/FellatioCornballer · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

I used cheap stitching chisels from amazon ( to punch the holes preassembly. Then glued everything and stitched it up. I don't have a small diamond awl but that would definitely make things a lot easier. I put a bunch of needles through the corner holes to keep them lined up but they naturally fell out of line (because of the outside curve vs the inside curve) so I had to back stitch one side to realign them.

u/B_Geisler · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

There's a pretty good breakdown of gussets in [The Leatherworking Handbook by Valerie Michael](The Leatherworking Handbook: A Practical Illustrated Sourcebook of Techniques and Projects I remember coming across it in a Google search as well, maybe Andersen leather? (Apologies if that's not it.)

EDIT: I just looked at my copy and the gusset you described is found on page 57-59.

u/Dietzgen17 · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

This subreddit recommended this book. I bought it and it's pretty good.

u/JimGuthrie · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

This guy. The glass is super thick - The metal is a bit flimsy, but I've never had it leak, and I really like that it will sit at an angle.

u/JaseDroid · 5 pointsr/Leathercraft

Use a wing divider to draw your stitch line.

Leather Wing Divider KangTeer 5.5 inch Leathers DIY Tool Adjustable Craft Edge Creaser Rotating Leathercraft Tool

Then, use a diamond chisel to punch your holes.

Aiskaer White Steel 4mm 1/2/4/6 Prong DIY Diamond Lacing Stitching Chisel Set Leather Craft Kits (4mm)

I use both of these products and have zero issues getting clean stitching.

u/artearth · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

The Art of Hand Sewing Leather by Al Stohlman has directions for building a stitching pony. I haven't built one but it seems to be well regarded. If you don't have the $11 to buy the book (also well regarded) you may be able to find the plans out in the webs.

No plans, but there is a walkthrough of a guy building a variation on Stohlman's pony.

Edit: also found these plans in an older book. A little hard to read, and I'm guessing they require some skill as a carpenter.

u/harmless-mostly · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

Thanks for responding!

I can post pictures when I am home, but basically they kinda overlap and sometimes they go up, sometimes down, it's not neat. The front looks uniform though.

I am using flat chisel hole punches, which I am sure amounts to heresy. These guys:

I used a stitching awl on a trial piece which was even worse. But until I can tweak my budget to work in diamond punches or better awls, those are all I have to work with. So it is quite possible that it's just an artifact of the tools I'm using and not my technique (for instance in cross stitching, how they say the crosses should all be in the same direction, otherwise the piece will look unfinished).

u/HolyHarris · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

Personally i would have punched the holes with something like these. I bought these to do my stitching and they work wonderfully. I then would just miss the second layer with 1 or 2 stiches and continue past the corner and start into it again.

Here is a quick bracelet i did with them
That was my first time stitching ever.

u/wehtamlamiv · 6 pointsr/Leathercraft

I just started leatherworking too. I bought this Fiskars rotary cutter from Michaels and I'm quite happy with it. Makes extremely clean cuts with not a lot of effort.
There is a cheaper variant on Amazon.

u/idlestitcher · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

Way, WAY below your budget but I got one of these plus a strop and it’s my best purchase yet next to my KS Blade pricking irons

u/PR_Leatherworks · 3 pointsr/Leathercraft

Thanks! I got mine at a local chemistry supply store. Here’s one on amazon. A google search for alcohol lamp should give you results though.

u/candiceflake · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

It is way better than any thing I’ve used so far!
Amazon link for Barge

Eh, but I haven’t really found anything else that will top it.

u/WaltBreath · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

It looks good! If you have ~$20 to spend you can get a groover ( ) and stitching prongs? I'm not sure of the technical term ( )

u/barwaleathercraft · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

Depends on what you want to do.

I like Valerie Michael

On stitching leather, get Al Stohlman

u/227craftingco · 3 pointsr/Leathercraft

Also, a rotary cutting wheel would help in making good cuts on soft and supple leathers.

u/JalakLeatherworks · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

I use these to actually punch the holes on thinner leather:

For projects, you can do slightly larger bags, dop kits, etc if you go for a fabric lining, duck cloth or canvas would add good reinforcement.

u/InterloperKO · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

Here's one I found. I have this one, and like it.

u/lazylock · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

Yeah, I just used an awl. Which chisels did you buy? I was considering buying this set.

u/murdrfaze · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

I got you fam. Tandy won’t ship it due to the UPS ground cost. (Federal law barge cement can’t ship air) but will ship it though!

u/I_Hate_Nerds · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

You ever use Tokonole or gum trag? I prefer it over the slight tacky feel of beeswax

u/edalmighty · 2 pointsr/Leathercraft

He’s using tokonole to burnish the edges and then dye afterwards using a refillable dye applicator (Sorry can’t find a link)

u/evivelo · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

If I am having issues with color bleeding or transfer, I will apply some Resolene to the products.

I will dilute it 1:1 with water and apply with a blue shop towel. Apply a coat, let it dry for about and hour and reapply a second coat.

u/chrispian · 1 pointr/Leathercraft

No problem, here is the link to the exact ones we use on Amazon: - they are cheap too.

u/JVonDron · 9 pointsr/Leathercraft

They're 2 different tools and are manufactured very differently.

Pricking irons are not meant to penetrate all the way through the leather - people do it, but they're not designed for that. They're only meant to initially space and angle the stitching holes so you have a good guide to fully puncture the leather with an awl. They "prick" the leather. The points are usually filed and cut very precisely out of high quality steel to last a lifetime - using it improperly as a punch risks bending and breaking a tooth. They generally have 8 or more teeth to lay out long stretches or 2 teeth to go around corners.

Diamond punches are lower quality tools that are stamped and ground to shape. They're meant to go all the way through thinner leathers and into a cutting surface. If you break or bend a tooth, no worries, they're easily replaceable. They can be used as a poor man's pricking iron, but stitching wheels are better for that job. They have 4, 2, or 1 tooth variations, as more teeth would be harder to punch through and remove. The main downside is you get a 1 size fits all big damn hole.

And don't use a lacing chisel for stitching, where the slits line up in the direction you're going. The thread falls into the hole and you'll have an ugly space between every stitch. I see way too many people on this subreddit doing it, and it needs to stop.

Pricking irons were mainly developed in Europe and England, where tight stitches of 8spi and higher were common and prized as quality craftsmanship. Western style leatherworking mainly relied on stitching wheels and awls at 3-8 spi. Saddles have a lot of curves, where a pricking iron would be useless, and larger threads with fewer spi is just as strong if not stronger with heavy leathers. Diamond punches are kind of a recent invention from the crafty side of the trade.

Basically, I sew Western style, with a stitching wheel and a diamond awl. If you want to learn how, there's only one book to get - Al Stohlman's Art of Sewing Leather. With an awl, you can vary stitch length and hole size at will to fit the project, thread size, and leather thicknesses. If the leather is too thin or floppy for an awl, I sit down with a glover's needle and a big damn thimble I made for myself. My punches are rusting somewhere, and if you want them, you can have 'em.