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Old 01-20-2018, 05:14 PM   #1
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Default First attempt at leather work

My Dad does custom leather work but I've never tried to make anything out of leather. I want to learn how to make knives so I figured I need to know how to make custom sheath's too. I bought a new knife this week so I thought I would start by designing and trying to make one for it that matched a holster my Dad made me for Christmas.

I started by using a LOT of paper working out the design and cutting it out to create a template. Once I had the design worked out and a good template made I traced the template onto the leather and then carefully cut out the leather. I folded my pattern over and used a sanding disk on a drill press to smooth my edges and made sure everything matched well once folded.

Next I came up with an oak leaf pattern and drew it onto tracing paper. I experimented on a round piece of leather before jumping right into tooling the sheath. I then wet the good leather, laid the tracing paper design on it, and used a stylus to trace my design onto the sheath. Finally I used a tool with a sharp beveled blade and carefully traced and carved my outline before using multiple tools to give the leaf a raised look.

Hopefully I will get it stitched up tomorrow and add the snap. I have a LONG ways to go but I don't think it's too bad for my first attempt.

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Old 01-20-2018, 05:39 PM   #2
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Looks good
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Old 01-20-2018, 05:50 PM   #3
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Good work.
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Old 01-22-2018, 01:48 PM   #4
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Looks good!
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Old 01-22-2018, 02:46 PM   #5
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Nice
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Old 01-22-2018, 03:23 PM   #6
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:22 AM   #7
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Nice.
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:44 PM   #8
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Go to work on it a bit more today. I decided to make it to wear sideways across the back of my belt. The hand stitching killed my fingers when I had to go through five layers in a few places. I'm almost done. I soaked it in warm water in the sink, wrapped my knife and put it in the sheath to shape it a little. Tomorrow I will let it sun dry and then I'll be ready to stain it and add the snap. I don't know how anyone makes any money at handmade leather products...it's a ton of work.



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Old 01-28-2018, 09:32 PM   #9
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Very nice work
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Old 02-03-2018, 07:39 PM   #10
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Well done.
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:58 PM   #11
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If thats your first try, you have talent

Very nice piece
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:14 PM   #12
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Very nice!
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:59 AM   #13
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Pics of back? Front looks good.
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Old 07-03-2018, 08:40 AM   #14
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Man that's some great looking leather work, especially for your first time!
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:13 PM   #15
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Nice work!
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:16 PM   #16
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Looks great! If that’s your first cant wait to see what’s to come!
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Old 07-11-2018, 06:56 AM   #17
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Good work.
I hate making sheaths but it's a necessary evil. Especially when you get ahead of yourself and have to rip out some stitching and back track a step or two
I'm about 10 sheaths behind right now so I need to take a couple of days to knock them all out at once.
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:24 PM   #18
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Old 07-11-2018, 03:26 PM   #19
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I know what you mean about being behind on leather work.
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:09 PM   #20
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Looks good but you need to case / wet the whole piece of leather not just the area you are tooling.
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:12 PM   #21
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Very nice!
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:12 PM   #22
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Your work looks good
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