Leather working

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    Oct 14, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    Hey guys! Are there any other leather workers here on RJ?
    That is: those who enjoy crafting items with leather... not rent boys who wear leather... there's a difference.

    I've been at it for the past half year or so, working mostly on cuffs and wallets. I recently picked up some jet black snake skin and a sting ray pelt that i'm excited to work with.
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    Oct 14, 2013 5:03 AM GMT
    No, but I would really like to learn! Where did you start?
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    Oct 14, 2013 5:07 AM GMT
    Yeah, this is pretty interesting. How does one get started in something like this? It seems handmade things are fading to mass production.
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    Oct 14, 2013 5:20 AM GMT
    Not since boy sprouts days. But I had a FB a while back - long lost track - who used to work in a saddle shop. He made "adult toys" as a sideline and sold them on Ebay. He claimed he made some nice pocket change. Also left a nice xxxmas present ;)
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    Oct 14, 2013 6:14 AM GMT
    How do you sell your merchandise ... via the web, or do you sell through leather shops? Do you have a business name and logo?
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    Oct 14, 2013 6:59 AM GMT
    I'm just starting out to tell you the truth, but I have been developing my brand and branding over the past year or so. I have yet to sell any pieces although I now have a few requests from friends and family after showing them some of my work. When I get a second I'll take some pics of my most recent project and post it up here.

    One place to start, for those who are interested is through Tandy Leather Factory. While the tools they have on offer aren't the best available, their website is informative and depending on your location, their sales staff are very helpful. It's how I've started out.

    There are lots of leather craftsmen out there. Here's a link to a few of their stores/sites:

    http://barrettalley.com/
    http://www.ianatkinson.net/leather/
    http://jbfcustoms.com/blogs/blog
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    Oct 14, 2013 7:01 AM GMT
    When I was in the Navy in training in Millington, TN, the base had a leather crafts shop where I tooled a belt (30 years ago). It was fun. I'd also like to know how. Youtube and library books no doubt.