The Heart of it All

Did You Know?
Weaver Leather has over 300 employees and approximately 60% of them are Amish.

Located in the heart of Amish country in Holmes County’s Mt. Hope, Ohio, Weaver Leather has a rich heritage of craftsmanship. Holmes and the surrounding counties make up the largest Amish community in the world. Amish employees make up about 60% of our total workforce as well as a majority of our craftspeople and their strong work ethic and experience handcrafting quality products have been integral to our growth.

The Amish are known for their exceptional attention-to-detail and craftsmanship, drawing visitors from around the world to experience the products they create as well as to get a glimpse of their simple lifestyle. From furniture and cabinetry to quilts and leatherwork, Amish craftspeople have a rich heritage of making products with integrity and an unsurpassed attention to detail.

This attention to detail is evident in every product and exhibits the intense focus of the Amish to produce products that offer a winning combination of functionality, durability and beauty.

A Fresh New Logo Celebrates our Commitment to All Things Leathercraft

Leathercrafting is our passion. We live it. We breathe it. And, we want to make it accessible to crafters of all skill levels and walks of life. That is why we took a hard look at our leathercraft division to determine the best ways to serve crafters while also differentiating it from our wholesale division. We strive to stay true to the quality that you have come to know for the past 45 years with our wholesale division while broadening our product selection for crafters. Our team has been working hard to give you everything you need to succeed in the art of leathercrafting including education, convenient project kits, and hand-picked products suited for a diverse range of projects.

After lots of soul searching, we determined that we are more than just your “craft supply” source and felt a logo refresh was in order. With a commitment to all things leathercraft and to fostering interest in this artform to a new generation, we are now Weaver Leathercraft. Modern and understated, our new logo speaks to our vision for the future while honoring our heritage.

Humble Beginnings — The Start of Something Special

When Harry A. Weaver founded a small harness and shoe shop in 1973 in a 20′ x 40′ garage, he probably never imagined the fledgling company would grow into a leading manufacturer of leather and nylon products and distributor of supplies for a wide range of leather craftspeople. That’s exactly what he was doing though, and his values and work ethic would shape the company that would later become known as Weaver Leather.

Today, our 260,000 square foot facility is just down the road from that small garage where it all started. It serves as a constant reminder of where we came from and an inspiration for doing things the right way including:

  • Treating you the way we want to be treated
  • Running our business with character
  • Providing you with the best quality products at a great value

These are just some of the values that have served us well for 45 years and will continue to guide us into the future. At the end of a hard day, we can go home knowing that Harry would approve.

45 Years of Enduring Quality

As we celebrate our 45th year in business, we look to the future with anticipation while remembering our roots. The foundation of our success has always been our unwavering commitment to quality. We strive for all your experiences with our brand to be positive. From products that stand the test of time to real people standing by to take your phone calls, we place the utmost importance on our relationship with you, our valued customer.

With 45 years of manufacturing experience, we understand the importance of supplies that get the job done right while standing up to wear and tear. Whether it’s a tool  that performs flawlessly and fits your hand just right or a piece of hardware that must possess the ultimate in form and function, the right supplies paired with your craftsmanship ensure a successful project.

Whether you’re placing an order on our website or speaking with someone from our customer service team, we’re committed to giving you the best service in the business. We want you to feel like family and share your thoughts. Did you just create something fabulous from our leather? Great! We invite you to share it with us on social media. Or, did we miss the mark on something? We want to know that too and have the opportunity to make it right.

We know you have many choices on where to purchase your leathercrafting supplies. That’s why we work hard to be your one-stop resource offering a full range of products backed by expert service as well as education on how to use them to ensure your success.

The Leather Element: How to Calculate Length for Mystery Braid Projects

First of all, we want to thank the leathercraft community for making our recently launched project videos such a success. We’ve received positive feedback from leathercrafters around the world who are using our how-to videos to make useful, beautiful projects, and we are humbled by their kindness.

One of our most popular videos so far has been the Leather Mystery Braid Cuff. Chuck Dorsett does a great job of explaining each step in detail, and people seem to find it fairly easy to replicate; however, that doesn’t mean we don’t get questions from our viewers. To reach out to the largest amount of people, we decided that once a week, we would film and post a video that addresses a commonly asked leathercraft question. We’re calling the series “The Leather Element.”

One of the questions viewers asked us about the Leather Mystery Braid Cuff video was, “How long does my leather need to be for my bracelet?” Well, that answer depends on three factors: leather type, leather weight and the number of sets you want to squeeze into a certain distance. Let us explain.

Chrome-tanned, pull-up leather will give your mystery braid bracelet a gorgeous matte, rustic look. If you’re making a mystery braid with two sets, or 12 turns, this type of leather will stretch about 1 ½ inches for every foot. If you’re making a 6-inch (hole-to-hole) bracelet, you’re going to want to come in ¾ of an inch, which is half of 1 ½ inches. When you braid that and then stretch it, it will go back to 6 inches.

However, if we are working with, say, a 5-to-6-ounce vegetable-tanned leather, this will not stretch at all, and we will actually lose about ¾ of an inch per foot once we braid it. Let’s use the 6-inch bracelet as an example again. For this type of leather we will need to actually add about ⅜ to ½ an inch to the entire length of the bracelet for it to go back to 6 inches once we braid it. It’s also important to note that as the weight of the leather increases, the more length we will lose.

Besides type and weight of leather, we also have to factor in how many sets we want to do. One set is six turns of the braid. This looks pretty good, but in our opinion, adding two sets makes a tighter, more attractive braid. So, for example, if one set shortens the leather by about an inch, then two sets will shorten it by about 2 inches, and we have to compensate for that by adding 2 inches to our length.

This is a tough question, and leather type, weight, and the number of sets play a big role in the answer. We hope this blog post helped you with your mystery braid project, and thanks for visiting weaverleathersupply.com.

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