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Handmade Leather Artisan

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Obbi, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. Obbi

    Obbi Senior member

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    Hi all, I'm Obbi Good. I handmade leather stuff part-time interest and for sale. I noticed there are members here into handmade leather. Here, I wanna consolidate our projects for appreciation, comments and feedback.
    Here are some of mine veg tan leather, please feel free to comment [​IMG]

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  2. brad-t

    brad-t Senior member

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    Neat stuff, but it is all very "Western" ...
     
  3. Lance

    Lance Senior member

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    Nice work, Obbi Good, I particularly like the braiding and two tone leather.
     
  4. dibadiba

    dibadiba Senior member

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    looks like really quality work, glad to see there's people out there still making stuff by hand.
    here's a handmade leather/canvas bag I made a while ago, should be pretty fitting for this thread:

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  5. Obbi

    Obbi Senior member

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    looks like really quality work, glad to see there's people out there still making stuff by hand.
    here's a handmade leather/canvas bag I made a while ago, should be pretty fitting for this thread:


    Yes, it is! Nice canvas bag there!
     
  6. somatoform

    somatoform Senior member

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    Hi all, I'm Obbi Good. I handmade leather stuff part-time interest and for sale. I noticed there are members here into handmade leather. Here, I wanna consolidate our projects for appreciation, comments and feedback.
    Here are some of mine veg tan leather, please feel free to comment [​IMG]

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    I love this hide beneath the wallet (color and pattern). Is it lizard or snake? Is it real or just embossed? And can you make something out of it, like a basic bi-fold?
     
  7. Obbi

    Obbi Senior member

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    I love this hide beneath the wallet (color and pattern). Is it lizard or snake? Is it real or just embossed? And can you make something out of it, like a basic bi-fold?

    It is a remaining piece of my authentic snake skin leather, I just use it as a background.
    And yes, I do have some items made out of it. Here are some of them,

    My iPhone case, made out of full snake skin leather.
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    My Keychain, using small piece of snake skin on cowhide blue leather
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    Carkey holder, I'm using the blue one, matching my keychain above
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    This is another snake skin pattern
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  8. riraito

    riraito Senior member

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    I'm really impressed with your guys' work.

    When I see the craftsmanship here it brings several questions to mind.

    1) How did you get into handmaking leather goods?
    2) Where does one learn how to handcraft stuff like this?
    3) Where do you find sources for raw materials etc.?
    4) How long did it take you to learn?
    5) How much time do you spend making leather items?
    6) What is the first thing you ever made?
    7) What is your favorite thing to make?

    This looks like an awesome hobby to have and if it's not too demanding I would like to learn more about it.

    Keep up the good work
     
  9. DBoon

    DBoon Senior member

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    riraito:

    I'm no good at it, but all you really need is like $40 for tools and some scrap leather at a Tandy's Leather store to get going
     
  10. Obbi

    Obbi Senior member

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    I'm really impressed with your guys' work.

    When I see the craftsmanship here it brings several questions to mind.

    1) How did you get into handmaking leather goods?
    2) Where does one learn how to handcraft stuff like this?
    3) Where do you find sources for raw materials etc.?
    4) How long did it take you to learn?
    5) How much time do you spend making leather items?
    6) What is the first thing you ever made?
    7) What is your favorite thing to make?

    This looks like an awesome hobby to have and if it's not too demanding I would like to learn more about it.

    Keep up the good work


    Thanks for the comments, riraito.

    Basically, started off from influences by Japanese brands like red moon, goros...and interest to learn the craft from a leather master. To be honest, I'm still at learning stage, just keep practising and practising. Well, this is not a job to me, more of a hobby, so I mainly do my craft whenever I'm free. Of cos, if there is an order, I'll do them 1st.
    I love making wallets, cos there is so much involve and some many designs to play with. I'm currently doing belts, I'll post again once ready [​IMG]
     
  11. Obbi

    Obbi Senior member

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    I have tried out my new brown leather on making a short wallet (Red Moon inspired) it is super thick and I believe some may not like it, but anyway, give me your comments [​IMG]
    Internal pics on my signature.


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  12. Listi

    Listi Senior member

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    That snakeskin keychain is just so damn cool.
     
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    I have tried out my new brown leather on making a short wallet (Red Moon inspired) it is super thick and I believe some may not like it, but anyway, give me your comments [​IMG]
    Internal pics on my signature.


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    a bit thick dontcha think?
     
  14. Obbi

    Obbi Senior member

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    a bit thick dontcha think?

    Ya, this is the result of the experiment. I'm trying out a new leather quality. I think it may be great to use this leather for a belt.
     
  15. mtgguy777

    mtgguy777 Well-Known Member

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    looks like really quality work, glad to see there's people out there still making stuff by hand.
    here's a handmade leather/canvas bag I made a while ago, should be pretty fitting for this thread:

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    I really like this a lot/gotta have it
     
  16. Obbi

    Obbi Senior member

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    New design for wallet rein, mixing metal chain with leather strips. Sudden inspirations!

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  17. iwhelan

    iwhelan Senior member

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    Cool stuff! I like more of the simpler items, but its great that you're doing these.

    I have a question about the big coin buttons. They seem popular in this style of leather product. Are they made from real coins that have just been tapped in the back? Or are they just cast from molds of actual coins?

    Thanks,
    Ian
     
  18. Dedalus

    Dedalus Senior member

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    Everything looks great but honestly I do not like the tassle/fringey/bead things at all.
     
  19. chroMe

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    i bought the following leather chain from a designer at a market here in londres- could you do similar but with dyed gold or bronze look leather? No tassles. The belt clip is from vivienne westwood.

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  20. Obbi

    Obbi Senior member

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    Cool stuff! I like more of the simpler items, but its great that you're doing these.

    I have a question about the big coin buttons. They seem popular in this style of leather product. Are they made from real coins that have just been tapped in the back? Or are they just cast from molds of actual coins?

    Thanks,
    Ian


    Ah...such 'big coin buttons' are called Concho. Yep, they are popular for these style of leather, mainly inspired by Japanese design, western cowboy's saddle. On my leather, they are not the real coins from the past, as the real ones are too expensive as vintage items. However, I do have some of these vintage coins for my own collections. [​IMG]
     

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