leathercraft is the practice of making leather into craft objects or works of art, using shaping techniques, coloring techniques or both.
Leather is an amazing product that has been used by humans since really, the beginning of man. It’s in clothes, shoes, bags, belts, holsters and really, pretty much anything you can think of can be made from leather.
Working with leather isn’t as hard as some people fear it will be, but the craft of it has been around for such a long time, and people have been improvising leather working tools to work with leather, literally as long as people have been using leather to make things.
What tools do I need for leather work?
This should be obvious, but if you’re going to do any leatherworking, you’ll need leather. Small accessories like wallets are a good way to start your new hobby and, depending on the style, will usually work best with full grain leather.
Leather Punch Awl
Probably the most used tool in the leatherworking arsenal is the leather awl. The leather awl can be used to punch holes for stitching or for marking out your pattern.
An awl has a long metal shaft that widens the farther down the shaft you go. This makes it great for creating stitching holes wide enough for your thread.
Using the point of the awl, you can easily scratch your pattern outline directly onto the leather. This leaves a fine line that is easy to follow with your cutting utensil of choice.
Thread options run the gamut, but you’ll likely want synthetic thread over a natural thread. Synthetic threads won’t biodegrade over time like sinew or cotton threads, ensuring your pet project a longer life.
And edger tool is an often overlooked tool for beginner leatherworkers.
Having smooth, polished, and rounded edges on your leatherwork make it look more professional.
Cutting leather is a fundamental part of producing leather goods and there are a few different options out there to get the job done, so your choice will boil down to personal preference. The most common tools used are a standard utility knife, a rotary cutter, or a round knife. Each option will provide a different cutting experience.
Punching holes with a leather hole punch stamp, you’ll need yourself a nice mallet. When setting rivets or snaps by hand using dies and setters, the leatherworking mallet is indispensable.
Where to buy leather working tools
There are many, many more tools that you can utilize as you become a skilled leathercrafter. However, you can get started with these few. Whether you are looking for the very basics or for highly specialized tools, you can find them all on the Banggood online store.
I believe this article has answered some of your questions and get you started on the path to becoming a full-fledged leatherworker.