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We are working with a skeleton crew. Leather craft supplies are still being shipped in a timely manner. Although we are still handmaking our leather products such as belts, guitar straps, dog collars, wallets etc., we can't guarantee when they will be shipped.

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Leather Sewing Machine

Leather Sewing Machine NeededBack in the 1970’s when I started doing custom leather work as a part time business, I wanted a leather sewing machine to save time from hand sewing leather. I tried using my mother’s domestic White Co. Sewing Machine. Even though I tried a leather needle, it didn’t have the required power [...]

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Finishing Leather Edges

Quality Increased by Finishing Leather EdgesWhen I was in my early teens, I first discovered the importance of finishing leather edges well. The finishing methods learned and discussed in this article apply to vegetable tanned leather which is a firmer leather as opposed to soft garment or soft bag leathers.In the 1970’s, while still [...]

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Travel Money Belt Custom Made

Making A Travel Money Belt 1. Our leather travel money belts are made totally from genuine cowhide, both the top and bottom pieces. The belt is first cut from a piece of 5-6 oz thick premium tooling leather with a strap cutter leather craft tool. This thickness is for the top piece of [...]

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Ox Bell Straps - Ross Farm to Chester Basin

Nostalgic Ox Bell StrapsEarlier this year, I (Jamie Hartling) had the enjoyment of doing some custom leather work for Mr. Lenethen’s daughter. It consisted of making a couple ox bell straps to display some of his metal work owned by his daughter, Valerie. These stainless steel ornaments are quite a keep sake.She told me [...]

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Making Knives By A Teenage Craftsman

Keon Maskell Making Knives Since Age 13 Over the years I have met different people with unique talents that have walked into my custom leather shop. Last summer, I had the pleasure of meeting Keon Maskell who enjoys making knives from his home workshop in Westphal, Nova Scotia, Canada. He wanted to order a [...]

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Guided To Leather Craft Shop

Tourists Discover Leather Craft ShopMargaret MacKenzie, a tourist from Glasgow, Scotland, arrived at our leather craft shop near the beginning of her trip to order a custom guitar strap. When she returned to Halifax a week later, she picked it up. She has been enjoying spending her vacation in many of [...]

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Leather Craft On Shoestring Budget

Tree Stump For Leather Craft Work Bench When I was in school in the 1970’s at Admiral Westphal Junior High School, some friends came home with me on the school bus to help haul this tree stump out of the woods and down the basement stairs at my parent’s home. A neighbour came over with a [...]

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Making Customized Guitar Straps

Leather Hide For Making Customized Guitar StrapsFirst a premium piece of tooling cowhide must be chosen to avoid marks and nicks that could be visible in the finished leather craft project. 5 – 6 oz leather thickness works well for making customized guitar straps to give the required strength but also enough suppleness. We [...]

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