22 January 2013
My Leather Works
About six years ago, I began doing some leatherworking as another hobby - besides my creations in wood - and will post some of them, here. This first one is a leather Gambler's Hat or a Maverick Hat, the latter named after James Garner's TV show by the same name, I think; "Maverick," not "Maverick Hat." I wear this quite often to keep the sun off of my face, not to mention that a lot of people compliment me on it, mostly women. The hatband is braided leather with a silver-plated concho hiding the stiched ends.
This next photo is of three leather Bottles, about half-scale in size. I don't intend to use them to hold liquids so will probably not seal them. To give you an idea of their size, the tiles underneath measure 11-1/2 inches square.
Next is a photo of two leather Bottles and a Flagon. The two Bottles are shown above after being colored. These items are sitting on a chair that dates to ca 1860. It came to me in pieces, since the glue joints had all given way, and I had to assemble it, put a tung oil finish on it and reweave the cane seat. I do not intend to sell it. You cannot see the caning, since I keep a pad on it to protect it from my cats' claws.
Next are two Eyeglass Cases. You can see that I installed a rigid, felt-covered, plastic insert from the cloth ForEyes cases to better protect the glasses.
Following is a Jack, another drinking vessel, also about half or three-quarters size and not sealed. When sealed and actually used, these were often quite dark in color and sometimes used as weapons in bar fights, centuries ago; hence, the term Blackjack.
I've made dozens of these leather Roses and given quite a few away to my college classmates' wives at our last reunion and the women at our dinner reunion of the past Broward County Audubon Board members. As my chronic pain problem allows, I've been working on another project for this year's FIT reunion, both for my classmates and their wives or girl friends.
Next are small leather projects, a small pouch, a leather covered bottle and a pocket holster for a .25 Beretta. The holster is designed such that the weapon is held upright and the hook snags on one's pocket as one removes the weapon and the holster stays in the pocket.
Here's another shot - so to speak - of the Pocket Holster.
Finally, for now, I made this Split Suede Leather Vest for myself. Of all the items I've made - some of which are shown here - this vest is the only item I sewed with a sewing machine. The others are hand-sewn with a saddle stitch. I used a mystery braid and used Celtic snaps to make the closures. In fact, before I lost weight again, I made three different lengths and I'm now down to the shortest closure (not shown).
I have other projects, both completed and in the works, which I'll Post here at a later time. A few of them are for my FIT classmates and their wives or girl friends for our next reunion in November.
Here are some belt pouches which I have posted on Etsy.com in my leather "shop" entitled Arnolds Leather Goods.
Below are cases with plastic inserts to better protect one's eyeglasses or sunglasses.
This is a fancier belt pouch which I have just posted for sale on Etsy.com.
From top to bottom are wrist bands now posted for sale on Etsy.com: 1. Stag and Mountain Lion motif, 2. Five -strand Mystery Braided, 3. Oak Leaf design.
There are other leather items I intend to offer for sale on Etsy.com, but I must have some on hand for immediate shipping before I do, although I will do custom variations as requested.