Category Archives: Leatherworking

Truman Hand Crafted Journal Cover

Awhile back I stumbled on Truman Hand Crafted, the idea behind one of my favorite bloggers – Teppei Teranishi of Newgrass. He delved into leatherworking as a hobby, and has just recently started selling his wares. I have been storing my notebook in my back pocket for far too long and saw that he had a beautifully designed journal cover that was exactly what I had been looking for.

The cover is made from an 6 oz vegetable tanned leather with the majority of it being cut from a single piece of leather. The tab closure has a pen/pencil holder stitched onto it to ensure you’re never without one. Handset copper rivets secure the journal cover to protect your valuable (or invaluable) notes. Hand stitched throughout, with waxed and burnished edges – you know that no corners were cut in making these.

These are available over at the Truman shop, along with some other fine pieces. These are made to order, but the turn around time is fairly quick.


Filed under Leather Goods, Leatherworking, Truman Hand Crafted

Rough hands

I’ve been wanting to pick up a ‘craft’ for a long time now, but it seemed to always fall on the back burner due to whatever excuses I came up with. I finally went to my local Tandy shop, bought some leather scraps, tools, and then put together a small work shop to start creating my own leather goods in. I’ve been so inspired by a few great craftsman, and all around good people:

I’ve been hand stitching and attempting to start producing things I can actually use, but for the most part I felt it was important to be able to consistently stitch evenly and quickly – so I’m working on that first. I have been having so much fun, despite the incredible finger blisters and lack of measuring knowledge – I have still been able to better my skill day by day. I would strongly suggest you take on a craft, and put some time/effort into working on it. It is worth it.


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