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May 04, 2015

15 Handmade Leather Goods for Every Kind of Guy

Fashion trends come and go, but true class never tires. And unless it's a suede jacket with fringe on the sleeves or a pair of bondage pants, investing in quality, handmade leather goods is always a wise decision for every guy. They'll last for decades, look better with age, and simply make you look like a guy. I've rounded up fifteen quality leathergoods that particularly hit the spot this week.

1. Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots

2. Leather Beer Carton by WalnutStudiolo   

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Apr 02, 2015

ManMade Essential Toobox: You Need a Pair of Trusty Workboots

One day you will be tearing down a plaster and lathe ceiling, or cutting up some wood pallets in the back yard, or cleaning up a gutted bathroom, and you will bring your foot down on a two- or three-inch long nail. The metal will pierce the skin, cruise through the soft abductor hallucis muscle that forms the arch of your foot, and, if you step down hard enough, take out a tiny chip of bone from one of your metatarsal. I'll let you imagine the sound of that for a minute.

OR!

You could take the advice of a guy who's speaking from experience (I stepped off a ladder onto a nail sticking out of piece of lathe while wearing, of all things, old

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Mar 18, 2015

Simple Carry is Best: Dissident One-Piece Leather Wallet

Leather WalletRussia once again proves that the toughest people live in the North. This one-piece leather wallet is simple, strong, and deserves to hold my hard-earned cash. . . or ruples.  

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Feb 25, 2015

How to: Make a Custom Leather Key Cover

True personal style is all in the details, from little things like buttons and where you cut your sideburns to the texture and shape of your accessories and daily carry items. This easy leather key cover project is exactly that: a simple, DIY way to add a little personal touch to the things you use everyday.    

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Feb 02, 2015

Dapper Up Your Workload: How to Make DIY Leather Folders

Stitching a Leather Folder

We all have a few files in the office that tend to stick around. For me there are a couple that I refer to almost daily and the folders tend to disintegrate much too often. This leather folder tutorial is a great project for those looking to class up their daily office routine.  

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Jan 19, 2015

A Beginner's Guide to Leatherworking

Photo: Jessyratfink

Leather possesses so much creative potential, particularly for everyday use and carry items that work well with a long-lasting and rugged masculine aesthetic. 

And? It's not hard to get started, but does require a few specialty tools; those that sorta bridge the gap between garage toolbox and traditional sewing kit. 

UPDATE: ManMade has released an original series on the basics of leather crafting. Check out all the posts right here.


 

Or find Jessyratfink's guide on Instructables here.

 

 

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Dec 30, 2014

Try This: Make A Custom Branding Iron with a Rotary Tool

Custom Branding Iron

Marking my gear with a sharpie has generally been my preferred method of marking things as mine, but in the past few months I've been seeing some pretty impressive ways to skip the marker for something a bit more classy.  

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Nov 12, 2014

How to: Make a Leather Mason Jar Mug

Here's a clever use for leather: Josh used some nice thick 12-14 oz leather to create a thermal sleeve for a mason jar to prevent warm drinks from burning your hand, and then he added a swell leather handle for functionality and some serious style. 

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Nov 03, 2014

How to: Make a "Doctor's Bag" Leather Briefcase from Scratch

If you're ready to step up your leather working game from basic strap and construction work, consider going all out and making one of these: a full-on leather doctor's bag-style briefcase.

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Sep 11, 2014

Restoring a Vintage "Eames" Lounge Chair and Ottoman

created at: 09/11/2014

An authentic Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) set by Herman Miller is, to me, the most iconic piece of furniture, ever. And, vintage models and new issues are - while amazing - super duper expensive. There have been a few companies who have produced copies - namely Plycraft and Frank Doerner from Canada - and they can be a bit easier to find. Though, due to their knockoff status, they haven't always been as well cared for.    

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Sep 08, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Leather Six-Pack Carrier for Your Bike

Here's a clever DIY project that solves a need, looks sharp, and can be completed in under 30 minutes with just a few tools. It's a leather frame strap, designed to attach a six pack to your bike's top tube for easy transport. 

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Aug 12, 2014

How to Build a Beautiful Patina on Leather Shoes and Boots

A new pair of shoes is a great thing, especially a quality pair with leather uppers that you plan to break in and wear for years. 

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Aug 12, 2014

Inventories of War: The Clothing and Gear of Soldiers from 1066 to 2014

The Telegraph UK features a recent photo exploration of the "kit" - the gear and clothing - carried by common soldiers for the last 1000 years. 

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Jul 02, 2014

How to: Turn an IKEA Beach Chair into a Modern Leather Lounge Chair

leather lounge chair DIY

Another great IKEA hack, gentleman! This time a classic, stripe-y beach chair gets flipped into a modern lounge chair, while keeping things affordable. 

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Jun 27, 2014

How to: Make a Simple, Go-To Minimalist Tote Bag

You know those days when you have stuff, and you need to move it? Like, the errand-running days: exchange movies at the library, go to the post office, stop by the hardware store, go snatch a six-pack to take to your buddy's house tomorrow...those kinda things. 

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Jun 06, 2014

Weekend Project: How to Make a Leather Wall-Mounted Knife and Tool Rack

Magnetic strips and drawers and knife blocks begone! This custom solution allows you to add some serious texture to your kitchen or workspace while protecting the edges of your tools - with a leather knife and tool rack.    

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Apr 29, 2014

How to: Make a DIY Leather Sunglasses Case

Sunglasses weather is back! Well, sorta. Close enough for me, anyway. Sporting a pair is not only practical (it is), stylish (can be), but's it's also good for your health. Seriously.

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Apr 22, 2014

How to: Make a Super Simple Leather Camera Strap

I've own my current DSLR for nearly five years, and for nearly five years, I've been promising myself I'd upgrade the stock strap. It's functional, sure (my camera is often placed in dangerous predicaments) the bright yellow Nikon logo atop the black webbing is pretty visually intense... 

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Mar 18, 2014

Make Your Own DIY Leather Tablet Sleeve

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Protect your tablet from dust and scratches (or pet attacks) and make this super snuggly, stylish sleeve.

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Feb 21, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Leather Camp Axe Sheath

The winter weather isn't quite over, but it seems we've seen the worst of the polar vortexes (vorticises?). So, while it's not quite the time to head out on weekend camping trips (unless your loaded with four-season and mountaineering gear), it is the time to think about heading out on weekend camping trips and getting your gear ready.    

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