If you are considering starting a leatherworking, then you need to be familiar with the tools of the trade. Yet, it goes beyond just knowing that this tool does this or that tool does that, to make a professional leather artisan. It is the dedication to learning the tools functionality as it pertains to your projects. Yes, there are specific functions for each tool, but at the same time, there are little variations which can be applied to how you use the tool which will set you apart from the hobbyist and make you an artisan.
If you are looking for quality leather, then you will eventually have to deal with a tannery. Granted, you could go through a retail store, but why? It is redundant and costly. Much like a distributor of goods going through a warehouse instead of through a third party, so is the tannery to the professional leather artisan. But before you rush out to find a tannery, there are a few tips which you should consider to ensure that you get a quality product. Because while there are various high quality tannery options available worldwide, there are also a number of poor quality tanneries as well. Here are some tips for ordering directly from the leather tannery.
Shoes, unlike other leather products which vary from geographic location to geographic location, are primarily constructed in the same method universally. While there are some slight stylistic differences between the “type” of shoe, creation is the same. However, it is the type of leather which is used which makes a substantial defining factor to the quality, luxuriousness, and durability of the fabric. Leather in shoes is not exclusive to cowhide, and so the artisan as well as the consumer should understand some of the differences between leather options which are available.
Leather it a bit more than just picking out a bag or a jacket which looks good. Consumers should be concerned with the durability, flexibility, and the actual orientation of the leather in order to determine for him or herself if the product is worth the investment. Typically, a person can gauge the quality of leather by the associated price of the product. The saying “you get what you pay for” does hold some merit. Yet, this is not necessarily the case. Higher ended products may have cheaper material but higher prices due to the name brand associated with that product or the accessories adorning the leather. The only real way in which a person can make a general calculation to the quality of the leather is to measure (after of course checking the basic elements of quality such as stitching) the thickness of the leather. Here is how you do so.
Crafting leather is an art form which requires attention to details, but also to the quality of the materials which are to be used within the product which is being crafted. And while the leather quality should be the top priority of for the professional leather artisan, there are other factors to consider. First, one must consider the glue and binding of the product. Secondly, the stitching of the leather, specifically how to choose the best thread for fine leather work, should be considered.