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07-26-2012 02:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: traditional resource question

Does anyone know of a leather supplier for making a writing pad for a writing slope box I’m building? The only place I found was in Canada ($100 min purchase w/ $30 mailing fee). Or in Florida with a total price of $106 delivered. It just a 14” x 10” tooled piece of parchment!! I’m beginning to think I’m in the wrong business. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#1 posted 07-26-2012 02:41 AM

You might check “Tandy Leather”

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 07-26-2012 03:06 AM

I’ve always found what I want in leather at Tandy Leather, which has gone independent locally and does business as Springfield Leather Co. (can get you the phone number and address if you’re interested). Good luck and look forward to you posting your project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 07-26-2012 03:10 AM

Thanx guys. There is a local one near me. I’ll try in the morning. It looks like a raw hide western type place. Hope it works. Most of the websites I’ve run across are in the UK.

Anyone else…..

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#4 posted 07-26-2012 03:17 AM

Standing Bears Trading Post

7624 Tampa Ave
Reseda, CA 91335
Neighborhood: Reseda
(818) 342-9120
Mon-Sat 10 am – 6 pm

Good folks with fine leather, they’ll do you right and they’re in Los Angeles, Ca.
I purchase my leather there when I want to put a leather bottom on a keep sake box.
It works out well and looks awesome.
PM me for any questions, or if you want me to go up there and see something as they
are right up the street from me.

Good luck.

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#5 posted 07-26-2012 04:29 AM

Saderma leather in Los Angeles and Leather Factory in Baldwin Park
are both good sources in So. Cal.

These are raw material suppliers. A “tooled” piece of parchment
is a value added product and many leather suppliers wouldn’t
carry such a thing. You can learn to tool the work yourself
or have somebody else do it. A bookbinder may be able
to help you out.

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#6 posted 07-27-2012 03:16 PM

hey Kevin Tandy is the place and there is one nearby – 1215 baker st suite h costa mesa ca, ph 714-966-3083. Give them a call first. If they have what you are looking for give me a buzz I’m a leather worker also. good luck – bob

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#7 posted 07-27-2012 03:44 PM

These guys do great work, though I’m not sure it’s what you’re looking for:

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 07-27-2012 04:23 PM

I’ve done my share of leathercrafting off and on over the years and my favorite vendor so far has been Hidecrafter Leather Company

-- None

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#9 posted 07-27-2012 11:34 PM

Try some local upholestry shops. Their leather is more likely to be closer to what you’re looking for with a writing surface. They might have some remnants available too.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#10 posted 07-28-2012 01:38 AM

Standing Bear, wow, I haven’t been there in a dog’s age! I used to live about 5 miles from there. Now, I’m closer to 20. It used to be “Standing Bear’s Habitat”, so I guess Bob has passed away. I think his name was Bob, like I say, it’s been awhile. We used to take our Cub Scouts to his house- he had a teepee and all in his back yard. He was a real Native American, I forget which tribe.

The nice thing about English leather is that they don’t use barbed wire to keep the cattle in, so there are few tears in the hides. Lots of good answers here- I really like KayBee’s recommendation! Who’da thunk? My dad used to do upholstery, and had small leftovers to play with.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 07-29-2012 03:58 AM

Tandy leather or Leather Factory, same company. They have a website, give it a search.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#12 posted 07-29-2012 04:12 AM

I am not familiar with all the different types of leather, but I have a trash bag full of cutoffs that are from a restaraunt remodel. I will gladly send you some if it is what you are looking for and I have some pieces the size you are looking for. I have to wait til tomorrow before I can take a pic my camera battery is dead.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#13 posted 07-29-2012 06:34 AM

I was frustruated with online leather prices – over $1500 quoted to cover a set of dining chairs. This wasn’t upholstery work mind you, just the leather material.
I hit the jackpot with goat leather at a motorcycle apparel factory. Langlitz Leather in Portland, Or offers small hides for as little as $25.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#14 posted 07-29-2012 08:38 AM

I and most of the members of my craft guild buy leather from Weaver Leather.

Bro. Tenzin, OFM

-- 温故知新

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#15 posted 07-30-2012 02:55 AM

Thanks LJ’s!! I found a leather supplier down the street from me. Tandy Leather. Thanks for all the suggestions. What’s nice about all the posts is that later this will help others as they troll through LJ with a similar question, they will see everyone’s input.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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