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Tooled leather furniture

Tooled leather furniture

It feels just like yesterday I was making keychains for friends and my tools were mere toys. For the last year everyday I have, yes everyday worked on some sort of creation and/or organized, straightened my shop.  I once heard you won’t know where you are in life with a business until 3 years has transpired.

I’m a perfectionist, finicky and have a horrible sense of colors. However I do like using bold and vibrant or deep and rich. I completed so many pieces that I thought were shown stopping quality of which it took seconds to ruin. More times than less I immediately cut in half and discard. It saves me further aggravation of what I should have….

So here I am with store on , a designer with Janet Deleuse on the San Francisco Bay Tiburon CA. and now partnered with Ernie Apodaca originally from Oregon.  Since 1998 Ernie’s been building from the ground up custom leather furniture in Arizona.

I was introduced to Ernie through Linda Lee Reid who has been a designer in leather a lifetime. Creating for Mick Jagger, Willie Nelson, Waylon and beyond. To me, I was floored,tooled leather (2) tooled leather (3) tooled leather (4) tooled leather (5) tooled leather (6) tooled leather have been and still am overwhelmed with excitement. I cannot construct the sentence that pay gratitude enough for entrusting me as a person, a friend and an Artist for the opportunities at hand. Gratitude I am not short on.  Linda, Ernie and family thank you!

This is a  what’s going on in my life and thought I would share a few positive words with you. With all the new things in my world about I would like to say, dog collars and belts are very rewarding to me. Working closely with people or owners of Dogs brings much joy to me. I think most of my clients are just as thrilled if not more to be a functioning part of their creation. As I feel I wear them out with options along the way. All in goodness and bringing to life their exact and some desires.

Today I have included some pics of getting a tooled leather furniture chair arm started. Cutting the saddle skirting to size leaving a little extra. Wetting and or casing the leather 10-12 oz. Letting it dry on the top til it’s back to normal color but still wet internally. It’s at that time you can transfer your template image. Then carve with swivel knife.


Unique Dogs and there Collars

pitbull terrier getting a new leather collar from

Hi! I am Big Boi!

Roaka's come to to get a new leather dog collar

Hi! I am Roaka! My Mommy rescued me!

Miko is to get a new dog collar

He watches out for the both of us. Miko’s a Akita and Shiba Inu mix

This is what I’m gonna look like if you get me flowers.

Maya’s collars been picked up and in route. While she’s being picked in San Diego.
I now introduce Big Boi a Pit Bull Terrier puppy. Miko and Roaka a rescued Mountain Cur and German Pinscher mix. Miko’s a Akita and Shiba Inu mix. There all here today to get their projects going. New custom tooled collars for lucky Dogs.


“Tooled leather Belt in Today’s Bounty”

Tooled leather belts Burgundy Belts,custom tooling,Brand buckles,ColeHaan Tooled leather belts Burgundy Belts,custom tooling,Brand buckles,ColeHaan Tooled leather belts Burgundy Belts,custom tooling,Brand buckles,ColeHaan Tooled leather belts Burgundy Belts,custom tooling,Brand buckles,ColeHaan Tooled leather belts Burgundy Belts,custom tooling,Brand buckles,ColeHaan Tooled leather belts Burgundy Belts,custom tooling,Brand buckles,ColeHaanBeen putting a lot of hours in, having a blast creating leather pieces daily. I don’t even think twice about what I’m going to do everyday. Straight to my studio, throw on the lights and start the coffee. I finished stitching this 1 1/4″ wide tooled floral designed leather belt today. It’s very rich in color and crisp to the eye. After I was done I said to myself, Lc you big dummy you should have used…? Thanks for stopping, Larry

Deep Burgundy Tooled Leather Pet Collar

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Designs “Across Leather”

About me http// aka. Lawrence E. Carter Jr. 51 years young and “Leatherworking” for me started in the very early nineties. A hobby it was as compared to the welding career starting after high school and trade school “Wilmington Skill Center” i980. Health problems forced me out of my so I thought lifelong career.

Fast forwarding to my actual selling on etsy was Apr of 2012 but a month later decided I was converting my back porch into my new studio. Construction was done(95%) Nov. 2012 that’s when I say I put it in high gear. At least the last 10 yrs I’ve wanted to open a shop. Fear of the unknown in a nutshell.

However I know no failure and when I start something I go full in. Today, I live and breathe leatherwork. I cannot wait to start everyday and without a second thought I go directly to it. Leatherworker has so many facets, capabilities and can get lost in the world of creativity.

I only have the one shop here on etsy. That’s one fear I possess is there isn’t gonna be enough of me to get the work done.  But it’s not work. It only becomes work when you rush or feel hurried. The Zen of Leatherwork is nothing can be rushed and there’s one thing that will happen. It will be ruined. Leatherwork, airbrushing, stitching and as of recent running a sewing machine has all been self taught and a rocky road it was. In my life there was no one to ask about anything. I guess everyones an easy teach when they’re interested in some subject.

Craft shows.., no I never have but would like to. I’ve had my eye set on Brandywine Arts Festival for the last 10 years solid. If I could relive my 1st months here I would of started my Word blog first. Then my Google+ local business page which can be verified with your WordPress blog. WP charges nothing and host you for free. Then all other social marketing can be added to your WP blog and do one post which will go everywhere you like it to. Across Leather on WordPress, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest,Wanelo,Stumbleupon(great views generated)Google+, Linked in is a big one. I’m connected to 1.2 mil there alone. I was sharing ideas with Cathy from Juliano’s Corner and she’s averaging 20,000 views a month on etsy. If you got the time to put the work in…. My saying you get out what you put into it.

I’m very appreciative there is an etsy. It has been my family and many a folk help brighten my day here. For instance Lisa here asking, hey I want to do a post on your shop. I almost fell over. I was like so cool!  I do want say, if you’re reading this. These gals put a ton of effort into organizing our teams and think there should be way more participation from us. They do this to get starting with themselves(2 makes a group) and everybody else more views. So don’t expect miracles when you’re riding the bench. Get up make Treasury, use the color scheme, the aweteam tag. It makes it soooo much easier omg! Marsha;)