In the mean time I've been adding improvements to my stronghold and honing my various skills to a razor's edge making me one of the most dangerous men on the planet... is what I would be saying if I hadn't in fact spent the last period of time between posts playing video games and wanking while crying myself to sleep.
I have since discovered that leather crafting is an expensive hobby/trade to take up. Sometime over the course of the last few weeks I decided that Leathercrafting would really pair well with chainmail in some sort of twisted nerdgasm.
So, I returned to that wonderland that the kids call 'the information super highway' and did some research on mastery of leather, which returned interesting results that took some time to sort through and got me well off of track.
When I left behind that magical kingdom I finally began to learn about making objects in leather. Because this is me I started with a book. Followed by paradoxically greatest paradise and cesspool that the nets have to offer, Youtube.
Youtube is fantastic resource as passionate and talented people make helpful videos about nearly every subject on the face of the planet. Of course there are the clueless retards that you have to wade through as they spill their dreck all over your electronic 1s and 0s. But that's the price you pay for free knowledge - getting covered in the flung feces of the denizens of Moronica as they crawl out of their dank basements.
According to the people who make and sell leather goods, as well as those who supply the tools and materials, Leather is a fantastic, almost magical, substance that can be used for just about anything. In my zombie uprising series, I clad several of my characters in leather clothing in lieu of heavier armor. Leather seems perfect for such a scenario, as many bikers can attest to. Besides, it just looks cool. So this is something that I have been thinking about for a while.
Onto step two. Finding the tools to do the job. Here's where we call back to the opening. Leatherworking is expensive. When I started chain mail, my toolkit consisted of two pairs of needle nosed plyers, a good pair of wirecutters(an absolute must - my first set hardly worked and I bruised my hands while cutting my first coil), a 3/8th inch steel dowel to wind the wire, and a clamp to hold the wire onto the dowel(also used as a handle to wind the wire) and finally at least one heavy duty leather glove. Throw in some wire and you got yourself the basics of a hobby - I added additional dowels of various sizes, as well as wire in various sizes and metals.
All in all, even with a quarter mile of galvanized steel wire, the set-up cost around $100. Mind, I didn't get top of the line gear. My wirecutters cost a whopping $4 - but they do the job(I took a coil of the wire to Sears to test prospective replacements).
I got my kit half off and it still cost $200. I will be up front and say that you can easily find cheaper kits that come with the basics. But I wanted something that was comprehensive and complete in its own right. I struggled with the decision as I know myself and I am unreliable with things of this nature - who knows how long I'll keep at this new hobby. Isn't that right Mandolin?
The day after I ordered my kit I got a call from my local Tandy Leather Location. They can ship the goods to me, but since I had a address here in town, I could come pick it up and save the $20 on shipping!