Posts tagged leather working tools
How To Get Started With Traditional Leatherwork

This is one of the most frequently asked questions and luckily the answer is pretty easy.

You need to know what type of leatherwork that you're interested in and then we can talk about tools and materials that you'll need.

So if you're not sure what tools you need, what the different types are of leatherwork are or how best to choose your leather as a beginner, then keep reading.

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Hot Stuffing and other Cool Leather Terms You Should Know    

Is the leather terminology getting you down like, WHAT??

I know the feeling. There is a lot to know!

Between distinguishing what the different grades of leather are, the finish types of grain leather and the main tanning processes, if you’re anything like me, your head is spinning.

But hang in there.

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What to Know About Chrome Tanned vs. Vegetable Tanned Leather

Leather as you probably already know is the result of taking animal rawhide or skins and then tanning them to create a flexible and durable material that can be used for clothing, accessories, shoes and a lot more.

So how does this tanning process work?

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Aniline and Other Finishes [What You Need to Know]

This might be the worst blog post title ever. And you might be thinking, "ugh, boooring" but if you want to be informed and confident when picking out and purchasing leather hides then these are a few terms that you're going to want to be familiar with.

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4 Grades of Leather and What You Should Know About Them.

Have you ever been shopping for leather and come across the myriad of terms used to describe the type of tannage, or leather grade, finish, etc that is involved in processing it? This was one of the most confusing things (and still can be confusing!) when I first started to work with leather.

Leather manufacture from it's earliest processes involving urine, feces and brains (still used today in smaller operations!) to the now majorly chemical and scientific processes is, well, complex.

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Pricking Irons Vs. Stitching Chisels

When I first started learning traditional leatherwork I knew absolutely nothing but was eager to learn! I was taught by a French master leatherworker who only used the best French tools. Go figure!

She taught me the basics of traditional leatherwork which included how to use a tool called a pricking iron. But as I started experimenting with the other tools options months and years later I came across a tool called a stitching chisel and also a lot of viewpoints on which of these two tools is the best choice.

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