5 Replies to “The Leather Element: Choosing Leather Weights”

  1. Hi Chuck, I like 2-3oz. 5-6oz. 9-10 oz. and I usually make all my belts from 14-16oz. Now I really enjoy your expertise and you do teach this OLD DOG new tricks. I have been doing this since I was 14 so I am an OLD DOG. I teach and do CUSTOM WORK. By the way I was born in 1947. GOD’S BLESSINGS BROTHER ✝️⚾ 🙃 and thanks.

    1. Thank you so much, Jim! Truly an honor to hear coming from someone with your many years of experience!

  2. Thanks for all you do. By the way, when I carve I usually do it in 3d, so I save all my holes,and strings, from all the different leathers I use and then stuff my carving. Some times I glue some times I don’t it depends on what the customer is going to use it for. GOD’S BLESSINGS BROTHER ✝️⚾ 🙃

  3. Not exactly a question directly on this subject of weights, but what is the best way to “waterproof” leather? Is there a better leather to start with if dealing with a product that you know may get wet, for example saddlebags. Also in your “choosing the right Leather” video you make no mention of Chrome over Veg. leather (I know it is used for Ice Skates) and what can/can not be done with it.

    1. Hi William,
      Some good leather that is naturally more weatherproof is harness leather because of the waxes, tallow, and grease that is stuffed into the hides when they are tanned. Although it’s almost impossible to completely waterproof leather because it’s a porous material, here are a few good sealers to use on natural leather: RTC Resist and Finish, Oakwood Leather Conditioner (repels water but isn’t waterproof), and Snow-Proof Silicone Water and Stain Repellent.
      Check out the video here for some tips on Chrome vs. Veg Tanned Leather: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w485PtivLE
      Hope this helps!

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