Leatherwork #1: the mandatory pencil case

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Blog entry by Sodabowski posted 10-27-2012 09:58 PM 1835 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Fed up of carrying my pencils in the basic, cheap, crappy chinese plywood sliding top pencil case…
Found a scrap of thick pigskin leather at work for 1€, the color was not uniform and the veins were visible, which I absolutely LOVED. Grabbed it fast and ran away with it. I knew I would turn it into a pencil case, but I needed the kick to start it.

This is the model I started with, changing it to account for the thickness of my leather: no outer rims, no liner :)

Well that happened in the start of this month, in the course of two days (4 hours in all, give or take) I made it. All hand sewn (this leather was way too thick for the sewing machine), which explains the time it took me. Total cost: around 4€. The most expensive was the zipper.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#1 posted 10-28-2012 12:00 AM

Great job Thomas.
You are a man of many talents !

-- Retirement suits me fine !

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#2 posted 10-28-2012 05:19 AM

You are so speaking my language here…I’ve been doing much more leather stuff than wood…BUT love both media.
I found once you get going, leather work requires fewer power tools and less space than wood.
Love saddle stitching by hand, making custom shade threads with dye and paint, wet molding veg tanned leather and even acrylic painting stuff onto leather.
Here is a bag for my daughter’s teacher

and a carved/painted Tiki for Tiki challenge on a great,free website

Shoot me a pm if you want and we can share stories

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 10-28-2012 10:05 AM

Oh man! Awesome stuff!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#4 posted 10-28-2012 01:51 PM

I am duly impressed with the work direction both of you fellows have taken ! Go younger dudes !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#5 posted 10-28-2012 07:27 PM

1000% better than Chinese plywood, Thomas. Fine skills you have there.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 10-28-2012 10:27 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#8 posted 10-29-2012 06:29 PM

I also love to work with leather.
Nice work there Thomas.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 10-30-2012 02:12 AM

A man of many talents. Good work Thomas

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 11-11-2012 10:44 AM

Quels talents, Ami ! tu en as tant qu’on ne sait plus quoi te demander : de chaussures, une table, une chase, un stylo, etc. etc. jusqu’où iras-tu ?

-- live and let live ....

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