Custom Leather Work Shop


Custom Leather Work Shop

We don't like machine work! So we make our own custom style...in leather!

 This group is for every one who would like to make and for those who make custom leather production!

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Knife Pouches / Slips Made with simple everyday tools Tutorial WIP

Started by Derek Wells. Last reply by Jan Carter Jul 12, 2018. 20 Replies

This WIP was inspired by a post on a local forum here in Australia a couple of days ago about a pocket slip a chap bought on EBay for 10 Pounds out of the UK – just under $20 Australian – that’s…Continue

Leather Belt Pouch - New Design For Me

Started by Jamie Law. Last reply by Bryan W Apr 16, 2018. 4 Replies

Hi forumI've just put together a prototype belt pouch design using a few techniques I've not tried before.I've used goat hide and cross laminated it back to back, outside dyed black and inside left…Continue

Leatherman Wave Belt Pouch - And hello!

Started by Jamie Law. Last reply by Jamie Law Apr 14, 2018. 6 Replies

HelloI've just joined the forum and spotted this section, I'm a leather hobbyist and look forward to sharing some projects and asking a few questions.I've recently finished a Leatherman wave belt…Continue

sheath advise

Started by advansite. Last reply by Jay Dec 17, 2017. 4 Replies

Finished a hatchet for one of my best customers.. need to make a carry sheath .. any ideas.. been looking around and nothing has excited me yet …Continue

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Comment by J.J. Smith III on November 21, 2018 at 13:39

All finished and ready for the collection...

Comment by J.J. Smith III on November 21, 2018 at 11:10

Not necessarily "Custom", but I've been waiting for a compatible doner wallet to go with this old tooled back.  Got one in, the other day, and the insides were a perfect match.

Getting ready to stitch it up.

Comment by J.J. Smith III on September 12, 2018 at 9:36

Guess I'm more than slightly OCD...

Lost my old nylon wallet, first of August.  Wanting to change up a bit, I decided to go back to leather.   Liking the old style billfolds, I started looking for the old handtooled versions from the 60's, to rebuild.  4th one is due to arrive today.

Here's one I made for my grandson.

Nothing fancy, and his name is written with a sharpie.  (I don't have any of the fancy stamps.)  He was happy with it though.

Comment by advansite on December 17, 2017 at 15:19

new to this group.. still learning . love the leather making as well as the knife making, 

here is a knife and sheath i made that was inspired by Paul Long. Permission from Paul to flatter his design by copying 

Comment by John w schmidt on February 13, 2015 at 18:40
Don't be sorry Jan,just thought it it was worth trying. Maybe it was too far gone. It didn't look good to start. Who knows what it's been through before it landed in my lap. I'll try some more and post if better results.
Comment by Jan Carter on February 13, 2015 at 18:30


I have never used it.  I am sorry you had this experience with !  It is very hard to spend the money to try to restore a knife and have it turn out like this

Comment by John w schmidt on February 13, 2015 at 18:11
Anybody try Leather rejuvenator from Preservation Solutions? It costs a lot and claimed it could save old,dry,brittle leather so I tried it on a Kabar handle that was all of the above.it made it very dark and I don't see any softness like it was suppose to do. Any one else try it?
Comment by Bruce McLain on August 4, 2014 at 22:46

Thanks for the link

Both glues I purchased at Tandys ( Which is only a few minutes away )

I liked the Fieldings which is like an Elmers glue lots of working time

The barge cement was a contact type glue which needs to set first

I will look for the brand you are suggesting. Foe applicators I cut small pcs. of scap leather this allows you to adjust size easily very cheap

Comment by Jason Oncedisturbed Riley on August 4, 2014 at 21:09
I have had similar problems as we'll and found so far that the Tanners Bond Cement has worked best for me and I use a glue applicator or palette knife to apply it.
Here is the link from Tandy Leather for the glue I use;

Comment by Bruce McLain on August 2, 2014 at 15:20

Thanks Jason

I made one and it came out good but I have just changed to a new glue and where the glue got on leather it acted as a resist and did not stain so I wont show it off till I make another. I used to use Fieldlings which works great. But I could not find so tried Barge cement which holds good but you have to be very very carefull applying.I dont reccomend


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