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Demonwolf444

Tenderfoot
May 18, 2013
82
0
Ripon, North Yorkshire
I would like to make myself some leather belt pouches and knife sheaths for woods walking and hunting but i can not find anywhere online that sells leather for craft supplies except in huge 50 square meter sizes.. Anyone point me in the right direction and give me a list of tools i might need for basic sowing/craft, nothing fancy just the basics.
 

sycamour

Forager
Dec 10, 2012
117
0
south east
Hi, and welcome to the site, " 50 square meters" man, I would,nt want to bump into that beast!:lmao:
Seriously, you can find small sections of hide on e-bay, which are great for starters and small projects.
There are plenty of past posts regarding starter tools, use the advanced search box at the top of the page
and you,ll find plenty of good info.
 

Dreadhead

Bushcrafter through and through
welcome aboard. as has been said try ebay, search for veg tan and you will get smaller sizes that should do.

basic list:

Something for cutting, i just use a stanley knife
Steel rule for cutting straight lines
Needles (at least 2 for saddle stitching)
Thread
Beeswax for the thread
Awl for making holes
A groover - for neat stitching
A stitch wheel (can use a fork)


A good way to get started is youtube tutorials, or check out leatherworker.net it is a really good forum for leatherwork.
 

Demonwolf444

Tenderfoot
May 18, 2013
82
0
Ripon, North Yorkshire
Okay - ill have a look on ebay. As that sounds like a good way to go, ill also check out the forum you suggest also.
Sorry Twas my first post here, thankyou for being helpful :) got a few little projects on at the moment that may be of interest so hopefully ill get some pictures of those up soon.
 

Demonwolf444

Tenderfoot
May 18, 2013
82
0
Ripon, North Yorkshire
thanks for the links - little out of my budget, i think i can improvise a lot of these items, i dont need any fancy carving tools. Ive got a stanley knife,
Steel rule for cutting straight lines, Needles,Thread,Beeswax for the thread, and a stitch wheel. Just need some leather now!
 

NoName

Settler
Apr 9, 2012
522
4
the books from Al Stohlman (the art of hand sewing leather and leather and The art of making Leather Cases) are also quite nice !
 

Steve_T

Full Member
Aug 12, 2010
26
0
Hockley
For veg tan leather tandy are good if you get them on the phone. I got a 3.2 - 3.6 double shoulders grade 2 (Few marks etc, but very useable) for 40 quid, on the site 56 quid currently on sale.
 

Emdiesse

Settler
Jan 9, 2005
624
1
Surrey, UK
For veg tan leather tandy are good if you get them on the phone. I got a 3.2 - 3.6 double shoulders grade 2 (Few marks etc, but very useable) for 40 quid, on the site 56 quid currently on sale.
Literally just bought a £56 double shoulder from there as I want to get into tooling and wanted a nice big chunk of cheap veg tan to practice on - make a few bookmarks, coasters, etc

I follow a few sellers on eBay that sell small sections of leather (as well as the big cuts) although have never bought any:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/grants-veg-tan-leathers
http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/leathersolutions
http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/uktannery (Edit: No longer registrered user - now shop4leather - below)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/shop4leather
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/leatherandstuff-shop (I have bought from here, a few pre-cut straps for belts although I think I'm going to get a gauge to cut my own in future - nothing on the seller just I like to try save money where I can!)
 
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