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RJ LeatherWorks

Handcrafted Leather Goods

The Best Craftsmanship

At RJ Leatherworks we take the time to perform every action by hand. We design the final product to solve a problem. During the design phase, we will go through a couple of iterations until we reach the desired outcome. After design, it is time to start producing.

Quality is our Passion

We start by selecting the leather for the project. This includes tanning style, but weight, and cut of the leather.¬†¬†Each tanning style has its own benefits and disadvantages. We primarily use “Veg Tan” leather. This is the oldest method of tanning and allows us to dye the leather and burnish the edges. Leather weights are measured in ounces. Each ounce is equal to 1/64 of an inch. While there are ideal weights for each product, we may still ask you additional questions to make sure the end result performs in the best way possible. Each cut of leather has unique characteristics. We have to take that into account when it comes to the designing and production of our quality leather goods.

Eye For Detail

We will use contact cement where it is absolutely necessary to hold together so we can stitch the pieces. If we don’t need to use it, we skip this step. Contact cement is only there to hold the pieces together for stitching. While it can provide additional strength and rigidity, this is not something that we rely on. Then we hand stitch the pieces together according to our refined design. The stitch we use is called a saddle stitch. This can only be done by hand and is the strongest stitch you can use on leather. Every time we saddle stitch, we use a single length of thread and two needles. Each hole in the leather serves as a knot for the thread. This means when you break the thread, or pop a stitch, there is a knot on either side holding that together still. For us, there are seven stitches per inch.

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