Leathercraft can be intimidating to the uninitiated. The tools for the beginner can be hard to decide upon and even more difficult to find. Since leatherwork is not a common trade skill, many of these tools can not be purchased from local hardware stores.
In this article I hope to give you some assistance in this area. If you are new to leathercraft and are searching for the most essential tools to add to your workbench, then my hopes are that this blog post is for you.
Here are the Top 5 tools that, I believe, are essential for anyone beginning their leathercraft journey. No, these are not the tools you will need to accomplish all aspects of leatherwork. The size and scope of tools for different areas of the craft are vast and almost never ending. The majority of tools used in leatherwork are subject greatly to personal choice and preferences. Instead, this is a list of 5 tools that I think are foundational in every aspect of your work.
These tools are simply the tools that a craftsman, at any level, will need on a daily basis to work in this medium. Some of these tools will seem arbitrary and may already be in your collection. But this does not lessen their importance. If you have never worked with leather, then you may not be aware of the attributes of the material, and you will find that these will be the tools most helpful in all of your projects. Or in the very least, the most used tools on your bench. Continue reading →