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Kathy

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1361 days ago

I know this is a woodworking site but there is a connection here!! LOL

Hubby wants to make fireplace bellows and they need leather. Does anyone happen to know where a person can buy it? We made one years ago and are still using it, but we had access to leather scraps at the time.

Thank you!

-- curious woodworker


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Sawkerf

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#1 posted 1361 days ago

Are there any saddlemakers in your area?

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1361 days ago

You could also check with an upholsterer.

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Toolz

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#3 posted 1361 days ago

Another great source for soft (chrome tanned) leather is a large furniture retailer. I used to go to Lazy Boy store. When they got a shipment of recliners sometimes they would have cuts in the leather from a box knife used to unpack them. The just stripped of the leather and sent the chairs back to the factory. Instead of tossing out the leather I asked them to save it for me. You can get some decent leather for hand bags etc that way.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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RogerBean

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#4 posted 1361 days ago

Try Tandy Leather Factory at www.tandyleatherfactory.com I think you will find anything you need there.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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poopiekat

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#5 posted 1361 days ago

If there’s a Michael’s craft supply, they do have leather. I knew one enterprising kid who would tour junkyards and slice off hunks of leather from auto upholstery when nobody was looking…he made awesome wallets with what he took!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Kathy

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#6 posted 1360 days ago

Thanks! We do have a Michaels so we will try there first!

-- curious woodworker

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twokidsnosleep

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#7 posted 1360 days ago

Another vote for Tandy Leather, it’s like Canadian eh

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

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Kindlingmaker

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#8 posted 1360 days ago

The man is the best leather working artian I have seen: http://lumberjocks.com/Tangle

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Clung

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#9 posted 1360 days ago

I’ve always had luck reusing the leather clothes from charity stores. My last purchase was a woman’s long black leather skirt for $7.00 which will give me enough leather for many projects to come. I did feel a bit silly taking it to the cashier, but I’ve never found a cheaper source. Leather coats are typically more expensive, but often the leather will be thicker. It all depends on what you can find.

-- Clarence

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Kathy

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#10 posted 1359 days ago

Thats a good idea Clung. Thanks, we will try that too.

-- curious woodworker

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hornhunter

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#11 posted 1359 days ago

try this place. you won’t find it any cheaper anywhere else or a nicer guy.
http://www.brettunsvillage.com/leather/sides.htm

-- Dean, Kinderhook, New York

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Maveric777

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#12 posted 1359 days ago

I just recently found a small shoe and leather repair guy locally I plan on doing some business with in the future. I lucked up on finding him hearing about them from a friend. I went buy and talked to the owner a week ago and think I struck paydirt. I am going to have access to his stock and can bring in my project to find the perfect match. On top of that I have already found his knowledge in the leathers is going to help out considerably. I pretty much can buy just what I need instead of spending unnecessary extra.

My suggestion is to look in the phone book and call around. I am beside myself excited to have found a local small business that I can add as ammunition in my wood work arsenal.

Good luck!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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MsDebbieP

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#13 posted 1359 days ago

I use Tandy Leather (as mentioned above)

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woodcrafter47

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#14 posted 1359 days ago

Another sourse is at thrift stores with women’s leather hand bags . Tear them apart and use the leather.
I did it for a project and was not to expensive.

-- In His service ,Richard

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tdv

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#15 posted 1357 days ago

My advice will probably be no good as I live in the UK but here I can always pick up small pieces of quality leather from any small upholsterers workshops perhaps you have the same in the States
hope you find some
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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