Monday, October 5, 2015

Letting My Nerd Flag Fly

Another quick post today.  I was doing some research on putting together a "gamer" bag and came across the items below.  They are "deck boxes" for collectible card games and I thought they were great.  I will definitely be putting a few of these together myself once I get the shop back up and running.  (Some for sale, and some for myself.  I dabble in playing Magic the Gathering and these would be great for some of my decks.)

As for the "gamer bag" I'm still working on the concept.  It obviously is something that can be used by gamers for gaming stuff, or for regular daily stuff.  I'll keep you posted on that.  (By the way, if you are interested in this, drop me a line.  Let me know what you would like to see in a project like this.  I'd love to hear your ideas!)

Thanks again for dropping by!  Any comments or questions, please send them on over to

Take Care!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

You bet I'm back!

Hello all!

I have missed you!  Really, I have.  I can't believe it's been so long.  BUT, I've been toying with starting up here again.  Admittedly I can't do much in the way of projects right now because my workshop is still a nursery.  (Hopefully a move in a few months will take us to a new home that has more room for a proper workshop!)

That being said, I can still put some useful information and interesting leather related stuff.  The entries will probably be short, definitely a novelty coming from me, but just something to keep some new content on here.

Today I wanted to point everyone into the direction of this guy.  His name is Ian Atkinson and he's across the pond over in the UK and MY GOD is his leather work phenomenal!  I just love watching his videos.  He is one of the best leather workers I've seen.  He's got a store on his site as well as an Etsy store.  Check him out.  (His stuff doesn't come cheap but with the amount of work he puts in I don't blame him.)

As always drop me a line at if you have any questions.  It's good to be back!

Take Care!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


I have a couple of announcements to make.  I was going to wait until after the holidays but we have reached the final deadline for orders for Christmas so I feel the sooner the better.  First: In about five months I'm going to be a dad.  I'm extremely excited/terrified which I understand to be normal.  My wife is doing well and we can't wait to meet the little one.

Now onto my second announcement that is related and not as joyous.  I am shutting down the store for a little while.  I'm not sure when it's going to be back up again but for right now it can't be helped.  The main reason for this is that my workshop is being turned into a nursery.  We live in a small house with very little space so I'm a little out of options.  I have a couple of ideas but for right now, with the little one on the way, me trying to get my voice acting career off the ground, and the kookiness of life something needs to give.

If you have orders placed I will fulfill those on the normal schedule and nothing will change with that.  I plan on officially shutting down the store on December 24th.  So you have until then to order anything you have been thinking about.  That being said, if you would like to have something made AFTER I shut down the store, message me and we may be able to work something out.

I also will still be running the blog and the Facebook site so you will have a way to talk to me about leather if you are so inclined.  I WILL STILL BE OFFERING LESSONS!  Just so you are aware.

I want to take this opportunity before I close to thank everyone who has visited the blog or the store, like the Facebook page, and any who have bought something from me in the past.  Your support means a lot to me.  I'm not going away, just taking a little break until we can figure out a better set up.  Thank you again and Take Care!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Another Way to Learn Leather Craft! -->


So over there on the right you may notice a new little section there.  It is where you can order private leather crafting lessons!  I can do these lessons via Skype or Facetime, whatever is easier for you.

You just need to select the length of the lesson, either a half an hour ($25) or an hour ($50).  Then I just need to know what you would prefer, Skype or Facetime.

One quick note, please contact me first before ordering so we can work out a time and what we are going to go over so I can be sure to be ready.

I really hope you like this, and if you are looking for a new way to learn leather, you have come to the right place.  Thanks again for stopping by.  As always, drop me a line.  

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Psst...We Are Having a Sale

Hey everyone.  Real quick, I just wanted to drop a line and let you know that we are running a sale for the month of October over on our Etsy Store!  Type in FALLFEST and get 20% off of your order!  On top of that we have a lot of great new stuff on the store.  So come check us out!

Thanks again for stopping by and as always drop me a line!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

We Have Entered the Terrible Two's and Shop News

Hello everyone.  I just realized the other day that this blog has been going for just over two years.  I had hoped it would last at least that long but I wasn't sure it would.  I know it sounds cliched but if it wasn't for you guys checking out the site I would have given up awhile ago.  Thank you for that.

In other, less sappy, news we have fired up the store again.  Currently we are doing custom items, specifically the custom cuff, wallet, journal, or bible cover.  I'm going to be getting more stuff up on the store soon.  Along with that I will be getting more stuff up here about actually making leather.  Novel concept don't you think?  Putting stuff about leather up on the leather blog.  It's revolutionary.

I'm working on some new ideas for projects as well speak.  I plan on having my time free up significantly in just about a month from now.  What that means for this blog and my leather, I will have more time to work on it.

Well, that's all for today.  As always, drop me a line if you have any questions or comments.  Thanks again and Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Perfect Workspace

Hello.  I received an email this past week asking about work space and basic "getting started" questions.  This led me to start thinking about, if I had unlimited resources and space, how would I set up my space.

First I would separate my space into three different sections.  I would have a "measuring and cutting" area, a "tooling" area, and finally a "finishing and staining" area.  This all seems pretty basic and self explanatory.

My "Staging" area would be where I work on patterns, measure and cut the leather, etc.  Because of this it would have to be a bit larger than the other areas.  This is especially helpful with larger projects and even belts as there is a need to spread out the leather.  This also is the cheapest area to set up as I really only need one of those 6' x 3' craft tables from Wal-Mart.

The "Work Bench" is basically what I have right now.  Which is 4' x 2' table with a peg board where I would do my tooling.  This includes the marble slab to tool on and all the working tools I would need to make a project.

The "Finishing" area is where I would finish off the leather with dyes, stains, and other various chemicals.  This area would ideally be set apart from other spaces to minimize any accidents.  Notably spilling stain on another project or "overshooting" with the airbrush and hitting unrelated projects.  This has happened to me more times than I would like to admit.  I would have the airbrush set up here, blocking pieces to keep the stain contained and some sort of ventilation to keep me alive.  That's important.  This area can vary in size but my gut tells me the bigger the better.

It would also be nice to have various shelving to keep the unused leather and my finished projects organized.  Obviously this would require two shelves, one for each, ideally separated, again to cut down on accidentally messing up the unused leather.

Well that about does it for my "dream workshop."  I would set this up in a heartbeat but unfortunately I don't have the space right now.  One day, when I have a garage I will be good to go.  I have simple dreams.

That's all for today.  Thanks again for stopping by and as always, drop me a line if you have any questions or comments.  I love hearing from you.  And a special thanks to John for giving me the idea for this post.

Happy Crafting!