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09 July 2014

Just for fun, I thought I'd share some of the leather items I've been making to sell on Etsy.com, along with one wooden item. 

        This first item is a Large Belt Pouch with a Swing Latch closure:
 
These next items are also Belt Pouches of a different design, both large and small:
These are lengths of two belts I'm offering, but I have not  yet dyed them to a customer's requirements:
 
This is but one design of a boomerang made of airplane model grade plywood.  Others have three and the traditional two wings.  All fly beautifully:
Dice Cup with an extra thickness of leather at the rim to prevent anyone from finessing the dice out to their own benefit:
 
Eyeglass case with riveted sides, snap closure and a rigid plastic insert:
Another belt, this time a Hair-On cowhide belt:
This is a Jack, a drinking vessel used in Britain hundreds of years ago to drink their ale.  Heating and sealing the leather with Brewer's Pitch or Beeswax causes the leather to turn quite dark, black in fact.  These also became rock hard after the heating and they were often used in bar fights.  Hence, the term "Blackjack."
 
 
 
Depending on the occasion a woman may wish to wear this, it can be either a Steampunk Mini-Corset or a Cosplay Corset:
 
The following two items are also Steampunk in style, a Plague Doctor's Mask and Aviator Goggles:

 
Leather Tankard, also used in Britain centuries ago.  I have not yet dyed this, but it is already sealed with Beeswax:
This last item is a Vest Extender, ordinarily used to keep one's motorcycle vest from flapping in the breeze:
 
I keep trying to dream up more and different types of leather creations to sell on Etsy.com.  I'm working on a leather hat at the moment, termed variously as a Gambler's Hat, a Maverick Hat or just a Cowboy Hat.  I think the term "Maverick" came from the old James Garner show "Maverick."
 
I've almost finished with a small leather notepad cover and a woman's leather and bead Wraparound Bracelet and am about to try my hand at making some heavy leather Watch Bands. 
 
This is a prime example of taking a creative hobby and making a small business out of it.  I enjoy making these items and it's even more fun when one makes some money from them.
 
Should a viewer wish to check out my Etsy.com shop, search for "ArnoldsLeatherGoods."
 
For those not familiar with Etsy, it's similar to eBay, but prices are set and it's only for Handmade items and Vintage (meaning pre-1995) items.  I've sold some old items on Etsy already and have been posting 1950s and 1960s vinyl LP records on there by the dozens.  [I was given hundreds of old LPs by a neighbor, among them Latin (Mexican, Italian, South American, etc.), Big Band, Jazz, Pop, Pop Rock, and who knows what else.]
 
 
 

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