The Leather Element: Which Leather Should I Use For My Project?

One of our most asked questions from people just getting started in leathercraft is “what leather should I buy or use for a specific project”? There are a lot of ways to go to answer this question, so we took seven basic projects and Chuck breaks down the leather to two options that will work nicely for each project. We hope this helps answer some of your questions and makes it easier to pick the perfect leather for your project.

Leather shown in this video:
Belts: Natural veg tan double shoulder
Natural veg-tan belt blank
Water Buffalo Single Bend
Water Buffalo Belt Blank

Chrome Tanned Pull-Up Leather
Crazy Horse Water Buffalo Side

Arm Guards:
Single Shoulder

Veg Tan Single Shoulder 4/5 oz. or 8/9 oz.
Holster Leather

Veg tan 2/3 oz. and 3/4 oz.
Chrome Tan

Purses and Bags:
Lexi Top Grain
Pines Milled

Boot Straps:
Telfair Pebble Grain
Santa Rosa Pull-Up

The Leather Element: Six Shop Tricks

While filming The Leather Element and project videos, Chuck has been jotting down tips and tricks that he runs into to make life a little bit easier, so today we’re sharing six of them! Chuck offers tips to keep your cutting surfaces from sliding around and how a simple clip can provide multiple uses in your shop. We hope this information is helpful to you!
Tracing film
Poundo Board

The Leather Element: Making a Fall Pumpkin Mouse Pad

In this week’s The Leather Element video, Chuck makes a fun pumpkin mouse pad. The face of the mousepad is carved, tooled and painted and then a suede backer is added to keep the mousepad in place. The carved pumpkin can also be used as fall decor. The dye ratio for the orange color is 4 yellow to 1 red Fiebing’s Pro Dye
Chuck uses a swivel knife and a beveler to carve and tool the pumpkin and the leaves.
Shop Swivel Knives
Tracing Film
Angelus Paint
Fiebing’s Pro Dye