Rock only use the best leather he can purchase, he gets most if not all his leather from Hermann Oak Leather in St-Louis Mo, USA. It is the best by far, it is more expensive but the qualities are second to none. Of course only Veg tan leather.
At Rock Leather works, he believe that a strong stiches begin with a strong threads, that why he only use wax or natural thread. He apply beeswax to all his threads before sewing due the fact that beeswax is an excellent natural sealer, it make the thread stronger, it keep the thread in place so as he use the awl on leather the wax seal the gap between the leather and the thread. He uses approximately 1 pound of all natural, bright yellow, filtered Canadian beeswax a years for his projects. Why, You may asked,? well because, it does work and the smell is just “so sweet?
Rock uses the glue to hold in place the leather before stitching on most of his projects. For the pass eight years he uses CatPaw or Barge glue only. He used to use Pliobond glue and while it can probably hang a small Chevy block off if it once it's cured, you can't be in the same room with the item for more than a few minutes before you start seeing tiny turkey's with straw hats and midget monkeys coming through the keyholes. The fume just doesn’t seem to ever go away. He quickly learns this one, so no more Pliobond glue in his shop.
Exotic Leather Knife Sheath
Whether you opt for a stitched top or inlays, your knife sheaths will be a unique piece of functional art. Add a touch of the exotic to your sheath with the earthy brown shades of a Texas rattlesnake or, even better, a piece of anaconda snake.
Rock purchase his Kangaroo laces from Knotty Linda, from North Saanich British Colombia, Canada, as she is the Canadian National Reseller of Kangaroo Leather Lace in Canada, produced by the prestigious Packer Leather Tannery of Australia.
Kangaroo leather is one of the strongest lightweight leathers available today, and he know also first hand that this leather lace is simply beautiful for braiding.
He now exclusively braids all his projects with purchase kangaroo leather lace from Knotty Linda. The Kangaroo laces are more expensive then calf lace at a ratio of approx 3:1, but the finish products are remarkable. This is the best kangaroo leather lace he ever used and he is proud to tell you where he obtains it. Yes directly from Knotty Linda.
A little about the Packer Leather Tannery of Australia, they purchases kangaroo skins harvested through Australia’s government licensed harvest program. Only 4 of the 53 species of kangaroos are harvested and the population of these species at last count was in excess of 31 million. Only vegetable tanned kangaroo hide hides are used to cut lace to ensure an excellent finished product that is strong, soft and abrasive resistant.
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