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    Leather?

    Iím about to need to order some more vegetable tanned leather. Undecided on what to get, but I really want to get some good quality this time. Iíve heard that the best to use is Wickett and Craig or Hermann Oak. Problem is that I donít know where to find a decent price on them.

    Iíve also heard (and seen) that some of Tandyís leather is imported and not so good, but that they might have some good grades too.

    Any advice?
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    Is there a leather shop near you? Shoe repair, or tack repair?

    They could advise you order it in, or maybe even sell you what you need from their stock. The one near me has made that offer. I wouldn't begin to know what to order otherwise.
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    Tandys,
    they have everything, whatever quality you need.
    ifbyou have store near you, Goin they will be happy to help maybe even point you to some special pricing leather.
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    I think most of Tandy's leather is imported. That's never really been an issue for me but if you want to offer an all American product I can see where you'd want an American leather but you'll have to charge substantially more for it. As to where to get it I've heard good things about Maker's Leather Supply and have dealt with them on other things in the past with good experience but I've never bought leather from them. I think Weaver Leather may offer Herman Oak also so give them a shot. I haven't used either Wickett and Craig or Herman oak and have been fairly happy with the imported stuff from Tandy. The key to buying from Tandy is to go there and pick out your own hides otherwise you might get a bunch of stuff with fuzzy flesh sides or a lot of scars since they don't cherry pick they just grab what's on top. I've had much better luck buying leather in person rather than online.

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    I might have found some. A man pointed me toward Springfield Leather Company.
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    My wife goes on a day trip a couple times a year up to Amish country up around Sugar Creek, Ohio. There is a Weaver store there and she buys me leather, very nice stuff. She has bought me scrap they sell cheap, I think by the pound. She is smart enough only to buy pieces big enough for things she knows I make. I'm just tinker with leather. I glue and clamp my stuf, then drill holes on drill press.
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    I’d like to go to a Weaver store one of these days.


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