- Greetings Chris...
>Does anyone know a good source for leather and leather working tools?Well....you have your Tandy Leather
http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/ which has a store in Elgin. They
are the traditional source for SCA people but they do not always have
the lowest prices.
Online there is Brettuns Village Leather
http://www.brettunsvillage.com/leather/ has some tools and large
amounts of inexpensive leather. He knows SCA people and the pictures
on his site are well worth browsing. He also has a newsletter that is
very funny which he publishes every now and then. Brettuns also has a
web site for refurbishing old chests or making them.
For tools and hardware, I have purchased from Sartan's hardware site
http://www.saroftreve.com/hardware/whindex.shtml. He has good tools
and prices. He also has a working with leather site that has good
information about working with leather. You may not be interested in
the projects he has or some of his other sites, but if you only need
a few of something and can't get to a retail store, he probably has
If you can get to Indianapolis during a weekday or Saturday morning,
try Landwerlen Leather Co., 365 S. Illinois St., Indianapolis, IN
46225, 317-636-8300. It is across Illinois Street from the Greyhound
Bus station and just south of the tracks south of Union Station. This
is what a leather supplier store was like long long ago. They have
everything from scrap leather by the bin to professional
leatherworking machines including sewing machines. They cater to shoe
stores as well as craftsmen. They do not have a web site. This is
where I have bought most of my leather and some of my tools and
I know there are many other places, especially online, but these are
the ones I know of or have bought from.
John Malkin aMalkin
John Railing aka Malkin
1041 Nerge Rd., Apt. 104 * Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 * 812-320-1447