this summer my youngest brother, eric, took up leather working. i'm pretty sure he was inspired after watching ben stiller as walter mitty in 'the secret life of walter mitty,' but he also had some free time due to a persistent knee injury. leather working, for those of you who don't know, is not a hobby one can just pick up on the fly. there are quite a few tools needed to do it properly, and eric provided a quick run down of his supplies in case anyone is interested.
rotary punch ($15)
sewing awl ($12)
utility knife ($6)
no. 2 beveler ($9)
metal ruler (free)
waxed thread ($6)
metal stamps ($22 alphabet and numbers/ $11 animals)
medium veg-tan leather ($35/10 sq. ft)
rags for dying
stain to dye leather ($6)
rake to make stitch holes ($7)
each piece of leather can make several wallets.
q & a with eric:why did you start this hobby: i wanted to for awhile. i wanted a wallet that looked like this style, but when i found them, they were so expensive. i made one that looked like the wallet from the walter mitty movie.
did you like your first wallet: sure. it's just a little ragged. i picked the worst leather, but got the stitching and design down for practice. then i made another one and it's the only wallet i use now. my pattern came from australia, so it's a little too short for the american dollar. i started using a sample dollar to make sure it fits money. it can also fit cards. i don't want it to hold much, just simple and small. this one is about the size of my palm.
how did you first learn to do this: i have a pattern online to cut out the shapes, but i just adjust them to the length of our money. the stitching i taught myself, after watching a few tutorials. i ended up not understanding one stitch online, so i did the double needle stitch, or two needle stitching. basically, what you do is have a needle on each piece of thread and you crisscross through the same hole back and forth with both needles. this is the tough part and hurts your thumbs.
you want to expand past wallets: i made my own sd card holder, and i want to make a passport size holder as well. and then i want to make a thin wallet just for cards. i also want to make key chains with a card holder attached.
i like the rustic look of the lettering. I'm not really good yet, but i really like how it turned out. we went to the leather factory in columbus, and it was crazy.
if i want to order one: i'm working on that, but for now, you can check out my instagram and message me if you are interested in anything specific. i can put almost any quote inside the wallet, but i am limited to my font choices right now. i also have some stamps, and can do a few special orders. i have a bison stamp that is really good.
thanks for letting me feature you, eric!