All the leatherworking knowledge you didn't know you needed!

Have you got questions about leatherworking terms, measurements, and definitions?

Well...we finally got a new website! It was time to take our website into the 21st century with better pictures, better links, and better information.  Because of this, we now have the ability to share more information with you!

If you check out the "Leather" section on our homepage (see image below), you can see plenty of helpful information to get you started or keep you going in your leatherworking journey.  We often have questions about what different parts of leather are called, or what thicknesses are in ounces, millimeters, or irons.  All of this information is now up and we're happy to share!

If you think something is missing, or you'd like more information listed there, please comment below and we'll do out best to help you access the knowledge you need!

Thanks for reading!

Kristi
Tundra Leather
Written October 13, 2017


Classes at Tundra in Fall 2017...

Hello Fall...

Our new fall schedule is out, and we're happy to be offering a full range of classes leading up to Christmas.  It's a busy time for us, but we want people to learn the skills they need to make their own Christmas/holiday presents.  Some of our classes are project based, meaning you leave with a finished product - makes a wonderful Christmas gift!  If you don't see a class listed, but you have questions about how to make something, feel free to contact us and we're happy to help you in your project making!

Check out our FALL Flyer and CLASS SCHEDULE (click "sign up now") here!

 

 

 

 

 


Summer 2017 Class Schedule

 

Our Summer 2017 Class Schedule is now out!

Click here to download a PDF copy!

We've just launched a new website, so signing up for our classes is even easier than it was before!  You can still contact us to register (email, phone, or in person), but now you can register online! Keeping in mind that when you "check out" from our site, there will be no payment taken.  You'll receive a confirmation email for the class, but payment is not due until the night of the class.  You can always pay in advance, but it's not necessary.

That being said, we've got a lot of fun classes offered this summer!

Interested in learning more about hand-stitching? Sign up for one of our two hand-stitching classes this summer and you'll learn everything you need to know.  While you won't leave with a finishes product after this class, you'll be able to learn the intricacies of hand-stitching, and ask all the questions you want about different techniques, tools, thread, etc.!

If you're not interested in skills-based classes, perhaps you want to make something that you can take home with you that night? We've got belt making classes, purse making classes, and small wallet making classes!

Check it out and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to call, email, or pop in!

Thanks!
Kristi


Topical Leather Finishes

Which product is right for which project? A question we're often asked when it comes to sealing up your beautiful work!

Fiebing’s Neutral Acrylic Resolene

This is a very popular clear top finish, mostly used over dyed or antiqued leather. Fiebing’s says it’s “flexible, durable, and water resistant.” If you’re looking for something to avoid stains or spots, this one would work. Best applied with a piece of sheepskin or a damp sponge. It will go on slightly blue-ish, but dry to a glossy finish.

Fiebing’s Neutral Leather Balm with Atom Wax

This is also a clear top finish, which I really like. It’s a liquid wax formula, which allows for a beautiful polished luster effect. Goes on well over a dyed or natural piece of vegetable tanned cowhide. Unlike the Acrylic Resolene, this is not a water resistant top coat, and because of this, it's more susceptible to staining.  This is wonderful if you're going to need to re-condition the piece down the road, as the condition will absorb through the atom wax finish.  Best applied with a piece of sheepskin or a damp sponge. Once dry, buff well with another clean piece of sheepskin or soft cloth. This will really make it glow.

Fiebing’s Bag Kote

Fiebing’s says, “preferred by saddle makers, Bag Kote will give a soft, satin finish no other product can achieve.” It’s the original formula developed by John Fiebing, in the beginning. What we like about it is that it provides depth of colour to a project, while providing a nice satin top coat. If you’ve got something that just doesn’t look dark enough black (perhaps something you’ve just dyed that’s not finished yet), Black Bag Kote will provide that solid black look. We also apply it to finished bags and purses that need an extra black touch up. Not water resistant, but wonderful for depth. Best applied with a piece of sheepskin or a sponge. Available in black, brown, and neutral!

 Fiebing’s Leather Sheen Spray

This is a flexible wax finish spray. It’s great for projects that you don’t want to rub another finish onto. When we’re using Hi-Liter to sharpen and define our swivel knife cuts, we don’t want to be rubbing something on top and risk moving the hi-liter around. A couple quick coats of spray Leather Sheen and you’re good to go. Also good for use on saddles, tack, shoes, and smooth leather bags!
Krylon UV Resistant Gloss Spray This is a tough protective coating that does not yellow with age. It also keeps the colours more true to their original state. We use this top coat when we’re working with coloured dyes that have a tendency to augment when subjected to sunlight (blue, purple, green, red, etc.). This top coat is smudge resistant and moisture resistant.

Tandy Leather Eco-Flo Super Shene

We like this product because it’s a water-based low VOC (volatile organic compounds) version or other similar top finishes. It’s durable, shiny, and water-repellent. Works well on top of a dyed piece of vegetable tanned cowhide. Seals in colour. We use this when we want to then apply Hi-Liter to stamping and tooling. - Apply with a wet sponge - Two solid coats of super shene - Allow to dry completely - Apply Hi-Liter with a brush into your cuts - Allow to dry - Lightly buff off excess Hi-Liter with a damp sponge - Spray with 1-2 coats of Leather Sheen Spray or Krylon UV Resistant Gloss (allowing to dry between each coat)
Tandy Leather Eco-Flo Satin Shene Satin Shene is the same as above, but with a non-glossy satin coat.

If you have any questions about any of these products, feel free to call, email, or pop in and we can show you what we mean with a quick demo!

Thanks very much for your interest!
Kristi Grove,
Tundra Leather
Written July 11, 2016


Looking to weather proof your leather boots before winter?

Did you know that a typical leather boot can soak up to a pound of water? That's not good during our harsh Canadian winters.

Sno-Seal Original Beeswax Waterproofing protects leather from rain, sun, snow, and salt! The beeswax formula dries to a solid wax that stays put in the surface of the leather so it lasts longer.

Part of the importance of leather tanning is to obtain the right amount of oils in the leather. Unlike other products, Sno-Seal acts as a barrier, but does not clog the natural pores of your leather.

Drop in and we'll explain how to go about using Sno-Seal to keep your feet dry and warm this winter!

Much of the above information was taken from the Sno-Seal website, but we thought it would be very helpful in explaining why we really do like this awesome product.

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Kristi, Tundra Leather

 

Note: The opinions expressed above are just that - opinions. They are based on our years of working with leather and specifically the experiences of Peter and Sean. Tundra Leather is not responsible for the use of this product, or the damage it may cause if used incorrectly. Please read and follow all product labels. Always, always, always test products on a discreet spot prior to apply to the whole item; it's almost impossible to go back. Please contact us for more information at 905-527-7745.