A while back I wrote about the restoration of my small workshop… also know as the little garden house. I’ve collected a lot of inspiration of the overall looks, storage spaces, and workbenches in this post. Although with a tiny peek into the future I hope to get more and more equipment that will make my products better. The only downside is the actual space…. and a lot of leather craft tools do need a lot of space. But well, a girl can dream, right? I wrote a little tool wishlist but might need your help to prioritize!
1. Skiving machine
When I start with my wishlist… this is definitely one that will stay on my wishlist unless I move to a bigger workshop. I would absolutely love a skiving machine that would thin out the edges of the leather pieces but it often comes with a complete table, motor, and wastebin… No room at this moment 🙁
2. Electric filleteuse manuelle
This is actually a second but more realistic wish for this tool wishlist. I do already have a manual creaser for the edges but to make it more even, more professional looking I would like to invest in an electric fileteuse manuelle at one point. It does need some space on my workbench for the handle, the tooltips, and the actual fileteuse.
3. Leather camp
I’ve seen a lovely leather clamp at Amy Roke which does come with a little piece of Barenia leather for wrapping up the handles. Not only does it look good but it will also make your fold edges sharper and makes the thread more “fit” on the leather surface. Maybe not the tool you will use on every project but once you need it… Besides, this is certainly something that would make an addition to my tool collection, doesn’t break the bank and will fit in my tiny little workshop!
4. Clicker press with pattern dies
If I would start a more commercial leather product line, it might be wise to invest in a small little automatic or manual clicker press with pattern dies. You can cut your patterns with “one press on the button” over and over again with the exact same cutting lines. There is a small version of this machine available online so it would actually fit in my little workshop but then it is just possible to make some small products over and over again and often my bags are bigger ;).
5. Large cutting mat
Last and but not least… something I’ve seen more and more often on Instagram and on Pinterest is a very large cutting mat that covers almost the complete workbench. This would be perfect for larger projects since I often struggle with replacing the cutting mat beneath the leather and still keep my ruler in the same place.
Often they say boys with toys … but for me, this is also kind of exciting. Is that weird? Maybe a little… but you do need to be a little weird or crazy to start your own blog, create your own bags and expect people to like it/them haha… But let get back to the point! For which item should I save first? What do you think?