Leather Crafter’s Journal
January/February 2024 Issue
Vol 34 No. 1
Artwork by: Dave Skinner

LEATHERCRAFT

8 My Big Seller: Little Leather Cowboy Hat Earrings
Steve Stewart

16 Gilded Masterpieces: The Artistry of Gold Leaf
Daniel Reach

14 Braided Bolo Tie, Part 4: The “End”– The Gumnut Button
Joe Boyles

20 The Cover Story
Dave Skinner

23 Fun with Stamping Tools: Geometric Border Tool
Chan Geer

25 In Depth on Depth: A Preface
Steve Yezek

52 Tanning by Hand: “Tanning” a Woolen Bag in Northeast Portugal
Franklin Pereira

54 So Many Thread Sizes
Sean Aquino

59 Making Room: Freeing Up Space in Your Workshop
Vic Carman

SADDLERY

32 “Saddle for Maysa”
Fritz Riedl

44 From My Bench to Yours: Chapter 1: Reflections of My Life in a Saddle Shop
Bob Klenda

64 From My Bench to Yours: Chapter 2: Reflections of My Life in a Saddle Shop
Bob Klenda

SPOTLIGHTS

2 About the Cover
Dave Skinner

19 Balancing Commission Work
Brandon Corral

35 2023 ELWATS: Arnhem Welcomes Us Back
Ralf Meisel

39 Two Days with Akiko
Jürgen Volbach

42 The “Arizona” or “Porter” Style
James Jackson

69 When the Craftsman Looked Up
Juan Garciá Olmedo

72 Book Review: The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay
Miguel Pacheco

74 A Second Bit of History: Earl Warren
Michael Magnus

TIPS

29 Shop Tip: The 7 P’s
Ric Harber

34 Scrolly & Scratch 1/2024
Gabor Pinter

79 The Skinny, No. 01•2024
Dave Skinner

DEPARTMENTS

4 From the Editor

6 Contributors

57 Leather Industry News

63 Letters to the Editor

75 Leather Guilds

76 Classifieds

77 Subscription/Renewals

78 List of Advertisers

January/February 2024 issue Advertiser

Company Name

Phone

Email

Web

American Leather Direct Inc

270-526-3835

info@aleatherd.com

www.aleatherd.com

Barry King Tools

307-672-5657

kingtool@fiberpipe.net

www.barrykingtools.com

Bee Natural Leathercare

360-891-7178

bnatura@pacifier.com

www.beenaturalleathercare.com

Blevins Mfg Co Inc

307-322-2190

Bowden Saddle Tree Co

915-877-3191

info@saddletree.com

www.saddletree.com

Bruce Johnson Leather Tools

(844) 584-7866

bruce@brucejohnsonleather.com

www.brucejohnsonleather.com

Buckeye Engraving Inc

330-677-5685

stamps@buckeyeengraving.com

buckeyeengraving.com

C – Loys Leathers

915-239-9102

loycuellar@yahoo.com

http://www.cloysleathers.com/

C S Osborne & Co

(973) 483-3232

cso@csosborne.com

www.csosborne.com

Chuck Smith Tools

(760) 749-5755

olsmoothie@sbcglobal.net

chucksmithleathertools.com

Double K Leather

636-493-1833

sales@doublekleather.com

www.doublekleather.com

E C Leather Inc

918-583-0292

ecleather@aol.com

Erics Sewing Machine Co

(214)536-1100

Melco214tech@gmail.com

ericssewingmachineco.com

Fiebing Company Inc

414-271-5011

sales@fiebing.com

www.fiebing.com

Geers Custom Leather

307-674-9226

mgeer2@charter.net

Goliger Leather Company

805-650-6553

service@goligerleather.com

www.goligerleather.com

Grey Ghost Graphics

843-267-8136

jeff@greyghostgraphics.com

www.greyghostgraphics.com

Hermann Oak Leather Company

314-421-1173

sales@hermannoakleather.com

www.hermannoakleather.com

Hide & Leather House

707-255-6160

HideInfo@HideHouse.com

www.hidehouse.com

Illum Atelier

contact@illumatelier.com

www.illumatelier.com

J M Saddler Inc

979-693-5114

service@jmsaddler.com

www.jmsaddler.com

Jesse W Smith Saddlery

719-643-5553

jessesmithsaddle@gmail.com

www.jessesmithsaddlery.com

Klenda Custom Saddlery

970-878-5382

bob@klendasaddlery.com

www.klendasaddlery.com

Larson Leather Company

817-399-0044

elarson@kelly-larson.com

www.kellylarsonsales.com

Leather Artisans Lab

011-34-67-779-2817

info@leatherartisanlab.com

leatherartisanlab.com

Leather Machine Co Llc

(866)962-9880

cobra@leathermachineco.com

Leathersmith Designs

(800)845-1829

sales@leathersmithdesigns.com

leathersmithdesigns.com

Loon Creek Leather L L C

260-356-0726

saddles@LoonCreekLeather.com

www.looncreekleather.com

Makers Leather Supply

(913) 787-1019

aaron@makersleathersupply.com

www.makersleathersupply.com

Mark Staton Co

337-988-9964

mark@markstatonco.com

www.markstatonco.com

Morrison Custom Saddlery

9038713100

steve@morrisoncurstomsaddlery.com

morrisoncustomsaddlery.com

Pecard Leather Care Co

920-468-5056

info@pecard.com

www.pecard.com

Pendleton Leather Show

admin@pendletonleathershow.com

www.pendletonleathershow.com

Perfectex Plus L L C

714-898-5989

info@perfectex.com

www.perfectex.com

Pro Series Tools

505-632-7039

beardclan@advantas.net

www.robertbeardtools.com

Q – Lighting

800-513-2256

ira@qed-medical.com

www.q-lighting.com

Raphael Sewing

866-415-8223

info@techsew.com

www.techsew.com

Renia Gmbh

011-49-221-630-7990

info@renia.com

www.renia.com

Rons Tool Company

(406)552-7433

tools@ronstools.com

www.ronstools.com

Shaun Woodsum Custom Knives

(928) 978-1822

crosswindsforge@yahoo.com

crosswindsforge.com

Silver Creek Leather Co

812-945-8520

greg@silvercreekleather.com

www.silvercreekleather.com

Slickbald Customs

303-641-0861

slickbaldcustoms@gmail.com

www.makersleathersupply.com

Small Farmers Journal – Ads

800-876-2893

miller@smallfarmersjournal.com

www.smallfarmersjournal.com

Snapping Turtle Leather

(267) 371-9118

scotts1hm@aol.com

Sorrell Notions & Findings

405-282-5464

lisa@lisasorrell.com

www.sorrellnotionsandfindings.com

Spraygunner

877-707-8767

jacob@spraygunner.com

spraygunner.com

Springfield Leather Company

800-668-8518

kevin@springfieldleather.com

www.springfieldleather.com

Steel Stamps Inc

208-345-2550

steelstampsinc@yahoo.com

www.steelstampsinc.com

Tandy Leather

817-872-3200

alyssa.shira@tandyleather.com

www.tandyleatherfactory.com

Texas Custom Dies Inc

888-755-9025

hktxcd@aol.com

www.texascustomdies.com

The Dude Ranchers Association

866-399-2339

(866)399-2339

colleen@duderanch.org

The Tooling Bench

435-586-9591

toolingbench@msn.com

Thoroughbred Leather

502-315-0315

thoroughbredleather@gmail.com

www.thoroughbredleather.com

Tippmann Industrial Products Inc

866-286-8046

matts@tippmannindustrial.com

www.tippmannindustrial.com

Traditions Leathercraft

(405)595-8279

kc@traditionsleathercraft.com

traditionsleathercraft.com

Twister D Products – Lace Master

208-884-3766

leather@gfeller.us

www.lacemaster.com

Vaughan Gators Llc

850-545-7661

broderick@vaughngators.com

vgators.com

Weaver Leather Inc

800-932-8371

info@weaverleather.com

www.leathersupply.com

Wickett & Craig Of America Inc

800-826-6379

info@wickett-craig.com

www.wickett-craig.com

Y – Knot Lace

406-249-5225

lace@y-knotlace.com

www.y-knotlace.com