The Leather Element: Choosing the Right Cut of Leather

Choosing the right cut of leather can seem overwhelming. In this video, we hope to clear up some of the confusion and answer some questions we’ve gotten recently. Chuck explains how a leather hide gets cut into smaller sections like sides, backs, bends, shoulders, and bellies and why you may choose one over the other depending on your project.
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Making a Simple Leather Dog Collar and Lead

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In today’s video, Chuck shows how to make a simple leather dog collar and lead using 7/8 oz. leather. You can use these same basic steps to create a more intricate set or add personalization with stamping and tooling. You can even add some spots or spikes for an edgier look. If you’re wanting to make a more heavy-duty collar for a larger dog, you can use a heavier weight leather or add a liner. We would also recommend using Chicago screws or tubular rivets for larger collars as this will give the collar added strength.

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A Simple Start to Leathercraft: Making a Pouch

In today’s video, Chuck shows how to make a simple pouch with a flap. He starts with a pouch that doesn’t require any stitching and then shows how you can refine the pattern to add a snap and then one step further by making a hand-stitched pouch with a snap closure. We hope this is helpful to you whether you’re just getting started in leatherwork or a seasoned leatherworker.

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