Western belt, carved and tooled Belgium vegetable tanned leather. 3 layers. Sanded and polished solid brass buckle, belt loop and Chicago screws. The lining is carved, then burnished to close the cuts. Hand stitched with 1 mm thick Ritza Tiger thread, color Havanna Cigar​. The edge is rounded and compressed with an edge beader, then finished
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“Karas” is a type of fish in Russian, so there is the design. The strap is made of 5-6 oz soft milled vegetable tanned leather, softened with the pure Neatsfoot oil to make it more flexible. And then lined with thin and strong Italian chromium tanned leather to provide the sliding action for the player.
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Leather tankard. The initials are carved and tooled on the tankard to show others the owner’s monogram. Another set of initials is carved on the bottom inside the tankard – to remind the owner his name after too many beers. The tankard is treated with beeswax inside and outside. Saddle stitched with 1.3 mm (0.050″) waxed
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Women clutch/bag. Separately molded thick lining and stiff outside leather, used milled leather to make a soft strap, polished solid brass hardware to make it shine, used shellac to create glass-like hard and smooth edge, built multiple layers of leather to make the solution for the strap holders, used brass belt holders to solder special
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Battle of Virginia Capes – leather picture in 3D. Started Feb 12, finished Jun 20, 2016! It was an unusual and interesting project. I used different techniques to improve the volume of the scene. The background ships located far away are carved on leather. The middle plane is an applique and the foreground ships made
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This is a very rustic looking bag. No threads or metal hardware is used. It is made exclusively of a thick mix tanned leather and a rawhide. The bottom is a piece of rawhide. 3 different width of the rawhide lace used – to connect the bottom, for the side seam (laced) and for the
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That belt was made for a programmer. The “punched tape” design was appreciated by his coworkers!

A custom made buben (the shamanic drum) was made on a custom wooden frame. I dehaired the deer skin and made the rawhide. Then finished the buben and made a bag for its protection and transportation.

A challenging 3 dimensional figure. Many of those were found around the world, mostly made of metal. There are many theories, though heir purpose is still unknown. I thought it would be interesting to make one of leather.

Leather hat, cowboy style.

Leather belt, a wood grain design. Hand stitched – saddle stitch 8 SPI (stitches per inch). Leather covered Chicago screws.

These boots were made during a 2 weeks cowboy boot training in Mexico.

Leather was used for making light, unbreakable bottles for carrying drink on a journey. Soaked in water, the leather could be shaped around a pattern or ‘former’ and would retain its shape when dry. Costrels were barrel-shaped, and had lugs with holes on either side of the mouth so that they could be carried on a
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Leather flask (Costrel is the old English word for that type of a flask), molded over a wooden form with leather rebars. I used 2-3 oz vegtan leather and reinforced it with molded rebars to make sure it keeps its shape. Waxed inside with beeswax to waterproof. Stamped design. The antique look was achieved by
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Hand made cowboy boots – traditionally made triad style with leopard shafts. The lemonwood pegs are traditionally used to connect the sole and the insole. These pegs are carefully hand-hammered into holes cut in the leather and are more malleable than metal, as they expand and contract with moisture at almost an identical rate as
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So, you could recognize me.. I made these boots, hat, vest, belt and also tried to make a scary face 🙂  

Wide belt for Halloween costume. Solid pewter buckle with hand cut and beveled black granite stone.  

Traditionally made, hand stitched welt, wood pegged.  

This magic box looks like a leather cube without any visible lock, cover or any opening or moving elements. Only those who know the code and the way to use it would be able to unlock and open the box. A steel frame is covered by the carved leather outside and soft deerskin inside to
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Carved and tooled tribal design belt. Received “Best in Show” award at CSCL 2014 annual event.

Carved and tooled belt – Tribal design. The owner’s initials and maple leafs are carved and pressed into the lining.

Dining chairs – replaced fabric with leather, replaced foam. Carved and tooled dragon images into the vegetable tanned leather inserts. Then used Mexican braid to lace them into the backs.

This project included leather tooling, carving and painting, copper electroplating, making a silicone mold and casting pewter, and more. Straps are made from 2 layers of 3-4 oz. vegetable tanned leather. Both parts are glued together to create a strap with the grain side of the leather on both sides. This way a dye or
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