Introduction to Leatherworking
Leather is an amazing product that has been used by humans since really, the beginning of man. It's in clothes, shoes, bags, belts, holsters and really, pretty much anything you can think of can be made from leather.
Working with leather isn't as hard as some people fear it will be, but the craft of it has been around for such a long time, and people have been improvising tools to work with leather, literally as long as people have been using leather to make things.
Going into a retail leather supply store, you'll very likely wind up with sticker shock when you see how much some of the tools and leather itself costs. My goal with this Instructable is to help you decide what tools you really must have, what you can improvise on your own, and some alternatives to a leather specific retail store for some of your items. Some tools will only be available from a retail leather supply store, like Tandy Leather Factory. My goal is to help you understand enough basic terminology and the function of some tools, so that you'll be able to decide for yourself in advance of you of trying to make your first few items and realizing that you are missing something really essential, or that there is really a better way of doing a specific task and will make your life much easier.
There are a ton of You Tube videos and websites out there that you can visit to learn more about this hobby, but there are a few I'd recommend you spend the time watching. Below are the top 3 most helpful that I have come across.