A gallery of some past leather working projects.
Most of these have been detailed in previous posts but with the continuing requests for information, I decided to make a “best of” gallery here with links to more detailed information if it exists. I hope to continue to add to this page as the leatherwork is popular and is just about my favorite craft. Nearly all of my projects are made from high quality, natural, vegetable tanned leather. I really like the natural look so I don’t generally use a lot of stains. However, since most people seem to like the stained look, I now use some dyes by request. I also am experimenting with some natural ways to dye leather for effect other than just waxing and waiting for it to age.
A laptop case made from natural, full grain shoulder leather. Vegetable tanned and full of character. It’s about 8 oz thickness and so provides some real protection for the computer. I’m pretty happy with the minimalist design and I love the brass button closure.
A small toiletries bag made from a wax-impregnated leather. The design is essentially that of a very small 18th century portmanteau. Included here are some of the basic tools-of-the-trade for scale and perspective. I think leather work is appealing to me, in part, due to the honest simplicity and lack of power tools. Most projects can be accomplished with a sharp knife, straight-edge, awl and some stitching needles.
16″ open top Carry-All. Described here. I really like this design and I’m hoping to make some more to put up for sale in the coming year. This one is dyed “tan” and is actually slightly darker in real life.
18″ traditional haversack. The original post is here. This is a big traveler’s bag and is very sturdy. It has a large main compartment and three pockets.