Re: hello to all
I can't agree more with Timothy. I have seen experts in the (modern) leatherworking field using expert tools - but I've seen those same experts in awe of an old Mexican-American saddlemaker who made his tools with a dremel and carriage bolts, stamped on an old tombstone with a misspelled name, and had to 'build in' stamping errors, because his basketweave was so good it looked like it was done by machine.
If you're a good leatherworker, the quality of the tools won't hold you back - and if you're a mediocre leatherworker, expensive, high-end tools won't teach you the skills to get better.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Timothy Park <park.ta@...> wrote:
> Hello Cagri:
> Others are much more expert on the tools than I.
> As a maker of tools, however, I will add one bit of wisdom received from
> another wiser than I: yes, good tools are important, work hard to get
> them and care for them, but never let the lack of a tool interfere with
> actually working your craft.
> You might not do it in camp, but "go for it" with what tools you might
> have as soon and as often as you can.
> Timothy the Blacksmith