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How to make a Leather Shavekit

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In this video, I show you my process for making a tooled leather shavekit. These toiletry bags are good projects whether you are new to leatherwork or a seasoned veteran. They are great sellers as well. In the video I walk you through my entire process of making the shavekit as well as tell you the different weights of leather used to make it. I also have a companion pattern pack that goes with this video if you would like to purchase that. It contains all the cut patterns as well as six different tooling patterns. If you would like to purchase the companion pattern pack you can do so on our website using this link: http://dgsaddlery.com/product/shavekit-companion-pack/ If you enjoyed this video, please like and subscribe to this channel. And if you would like to see more tutorials and information like this or would like to see what other types of patterns we have available visit our website at: http://dgsaddlery.com/ The music in this video was performed and produced by my brother Ben Schane. If you would like to to hear more of his music you can find his music on itunes. The song in this video is from his album "Antique Noises."
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Hend Goda (6 days ago)
From Eygpt thank you very much fantastic very very good
Craig Webb (1 month ago)
really nice!! like your videos alot!
Daniel Greer (1 month ago)
Mr Gonzalez, thank you for your time and effort. It's appreciated for the inspiration alone, not to mention what I just had the opportunity to learn!
Lisa Lee (1 month ago)
Can you demonstrate the process when one wants to add a zipper after the bag is assembled?
Little Lilburn (1 month ago)
The "basket weave" section would be an ideal place to add customer initials.
Chris Statom (1 month ago)
Disregard the music comments from the peanut gallery....It's quite obvious they've never been to Greune Hall on a Saturday night . keep that Hill Country jam coming !! May want to throw in a little 1100 Springs for good measure
Timothy Blair (2 months ago)
Very nice leather work.
Logan Zimmerman (2 months ago)
Hey Question do you ever use pedal lifters I just never see you use them on the videos ? I use one BK pedal lifter but I find my home made ground down punches have worked better . Even the BK pedal lifter I had to sharpen down quite a it .
Ramesh Krishnan (4 months ago)
Looks beautiful but I can't use it. I would need an end to end zipper. As it is I find it difficult to locate stuff inside compartments
Wisconsin Woodsman (4 months ago)
That’s some real nice tooling.
Scott_T (4 months ago)
That’s awesome!
Wildt Leather (4 months ago)
Have you ever tried alcohol based dye for your edges?
Billy Chapman (5 months ago)
My God your talented. Wish I had even a Fraction of what you have. Just starting Leather work at 53 after an ascendent disabled me. I wonder if I'll ever achieve such skills.... Thanks for your video ....Very enlightening...
Danny Croughs (5 months ago)
Awesome vid, but lose the music please or turn it down please, really annoying when your looking/listening in full attention and that music pops up..
Madam Vonkook (5 months ago)
I don't have a machine ...If I hand stitch it I am trying to figure out if I can punch the holes for hand stitching after I have glued the bag together..I do this as a hobby.Great tutorial !I have learned so much from your videos..Thanks so much!! .
Donny Castle (5 months ago)
I’m always working til midnight on Christmas Eve trying to finish up presents lol. There have been a few Christmases where my family’s gifts were literally only wrapped for about 15 minutes before being opened 😬😂
RJ (6 months ago)
I think the music is a bit much and a bit loud. Other than that, awesome video. Very informative. Thank you for putting these videos together and keep up the awesome work
groseillegrowa (6 months ago)
Totally beautiful ...
eman hasanein (6 months ago)
Why dont you make it one colour?any way it is goooooooood
Cindy Patterson (6 months ago)
Impressive work! As a beginner I'm wondering how to properly sharpen and/or keep sharp round and oval punches? I'm beginning to learn a little on the flat/straight edges of tools but not the curved edges.
Albert Rodriguez (6 months ago)
What is the type of knife you are using?
Bob M (6 months ago)
Do the companion packs include suggested tools to use? You do awesome work but what are you using as a beveller at 9:20? it beats the heck out of the monster I'm trying to use.
Lydia L. Garner (6 months ago)
Great, gifts at Christmas thanks for the ideas!
Lydia L. Garner (6 months ago)
Wow I love your work,And music's pretty good too, I came across your YouTube channel, Just loving it, From one artist to another,Keep up the good work!
godfreybrucesinclair (7 months ago)
Great project. Just getting back to leather. This project and your channel will help me so much! Thanks!
Cameron Broms (7 months ago)
Hey Don, great video. why do you put so many lines when youre lining out your basket stamps? and how far is that spacing?
Jshsi ram (8 months ago)
Walter Felts (8 months ago)
Love the video. The music is unnecessary.
Jared Atencio (8 months ago)
Would hand stitching work if we don’t have a cobra class 4?
Don Gonzales (8 months ago)
+Jared Atencio absolutely! These also look really cool buckstitched!
Keith Thom (8 months ago)
Another video packed with helpful hints tips and old fashioned good advice thanks man.
73Corbin (8 months ago)
Awesome videos and your leather working is amazing. Have you ever thought about putting a double zipper in the top so you can unzip a big "U" section off the top? I spent 10 years of having to use these Dopp kits and having to bring all of my toiletries to the head with me each time I went to shower and I can tell you that if you have to use these then being able to see into them to get what item you are looking for is a lot better than having to Hellen Keller it through a single narrow opening. Might not look as good but much more practical for anyone that has ever had to use these.
Jason ... (10 months ago)
What make/model is the groover you use at 12:50?
Ann Waters (10 months ago)
that's an awesome lace beveler! Who made it? Well done video and pattern. Thanks!
Don Gonzales (10 months ago)
It’s a Hansen brand. Thank you so much!
Desire Baker (11 months ago)
Hey there. Quick question. I am looking to make a leather harness for my 70 lb dog. What weight would be preferable to do this? I am looking at 8/9 oz and wondering wether that’ll be strong enough. She’s not a puller but I don’t want to risk the leather snapping if she does pull. Most people would say to buy one but she has dwarfism and therefore is unusually shaped and nothing bought fits her right. Too tight here, too loose there... I’ve made several mock-ups with old scraps of handbag leather and such, which is obviously way too light and chrome tan, to find a design I like and that fits her right. If the 8/9 oz wouldn’t hold up to a 70 lb dog pulling, what would you recommend? Also, where would be a good place to get some woolskin? My dog has very sensitive skin and the leather would have to be lined with it. I scoured amazon but I’m having some issues finding regular old woolskin like saddlers use. I wouldn’t need much of it. Just enough to line the chest and belly pieces of the harness where there could be pressure and/or chafing. Thank you to anyone who can answer these questions!
Mountain Fisher (11 months ago)
Turn the music down in relation to the narration, 4x is too much.
Shawn Charton (11 months ago)
Dang! That's the fastest 45 minute video on YouTube. Nice work!
avantgauche (11 months ago)
your work is beautiful
Hola Don, que bonito trabajo, este y todos los que haces, te felicito y ojala que sean muchos mas, te mando saludos desde CDMX.
Courtney Overly (1 year ago)
you the man awesome job
Anna Floeter (1 year ago)
How did you slow down your 3115? Is it still clutch driven? I have one in the workshop and it's starting speed is about 200 mph and is very sloppy to use. I'd love to slow it down somehow because they are very reliable.
MrElam99 (1 year ago)
What size thread are you using on the 3115?
Jack Reeves (1 year ago)
Very nice!
Herb Iburg (1 year ago)
great video. Loved it. Where can I get the pattern for the shave kit?
Don Gonzales (1 year ago)
Patterns are available using the link in the description... they are pdf downloads. Thanks a bunch!
JF Rault (1 year ago)
You sure make it look effortless Don.....lol Great job with the video. They are all awesome
David Perez (1 year ago)
What kind of leather is this and oz?
rdozr (1 year ago)
What kind of glue are you using
Ian Endersby (1 year ago)
Im holed up here in North London, UK with a virus. Its giving me plenty of time to further educate myself in stuff I'm interested in. came across this and was totally enthralled by the thing. The guy is eloquent, doesn't waffle and has a marvellous workshop.Great vid dude.
wardfogle (1 year ago)
Great tutorial. Beautiful leatherwork. Thanks
Charlie Taron (1 year ago)
Hey Don, amazing work! Thanks for offering your video's. Can you tell me if I can get that same pattern? If so, where can I get it? Thanks again!
Don Gonzales (1 year ago)
Thanks so much brotha!!! Yes sir the link to purchase the pattern is in the description for this video! Thanks!
Felipe Bellao (1 year ago)
Great job! Thank you for sharing!
FreakyScaryChannel (1 year ago)
I have a similar 441Juki type machine... I can't get my back stitch to look good... Any tips ?
Matt Sitton (1 year ago)
Don, this was a really great video. As a hobbyist, it was really nice to see some of the mechanics involved with using the sewing machines. Thanks for that. There isn't nearly enough of that on YouTube. It's always people just sewing on scraps. Your presentation of the steps and materials was flawless. It was also nice to see how you just kind of jumped in and manhandled the material when needed. I'm always kind of shy about that. Your tooling is beautiful. The music is great. But it comes across very loud in this video. I found myself having to the volume up and down during the video. (Just production critique). Anywho, I hope to see many more videos from your new shop. You really did a great job. I hope this encourages you to make more videos. I would love to just see an assembly video of a saddle going together for curiosity's sake. With just music would be fine. I hope you make more tooling videos as well. Your mannerisms and style really come across well on camera. Be confident and please please continue.
Don Gonzales (1 year ago)
Thank you so much and I plan on keeping them coming! Really appreciate your support!
Eddie Hubbard (1 year ago)
What oil did you use on that bag? I like that color.
Eddie Hubbard (1 year ago)
Thank you Sir. I have always used neatsfoot oil but I just couldn't ever get that darker color even setting it out in the sun.
Don Gonzales (1 year ago)
I use olive oil! Thanks a bunch!
Cimarron (1 year ago)
Cool, gotthe same hat. I've been leather worker since I learned in 1980 while liveing in Antartica. Always open to listening to other leather workers ideas. Much obliged to ya for the video.
bearded bowhunter (1 year ago)
Sure wish I could stamp/tool as fast as you do 8:00 that is impressive haha
xxx mmm (1 year ago)
Fantastic video but the way loud music comes and goes is very annoying.
Thomas Griffin (1 year ago)
Nice video. Can the bag be done using a thinner leather. I use a lot of 2/3 to 5/6 oz leather.
Don Gonzales (1 year ago)
Thanks a bunch! It would prob work but I would recommend heavier so that it stands up well... prob min of 9/10
Cade 2 Kallman (1 year ago)
It'd be sweet if you did a tutorial on a pistol holster !
DALE thebelldiver (1 year ago)
Go to thrift store, buy old large leather purse, super glue. REMOVE BOTTOM, Cut bag in half Reinstall bottom on top half!. SHAVING KIT
Pete Julienne (1 year ago)
Great video where did you get that adjustable metal leather strip cutter? do you sell those.
Don Gonzales (1 year ago)
It is called a Hansen lace cutter and it was my dads... I don’t sell them and not sure if they still make them or not, but there are some newer ones made but I don’t know who’s making them. Thanks a bunch!
Daniel Barboza (1 year ago)
Great video. Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!
Daniel Riley (1 year ago)
What kind of sewing machine are you using?
Daniel Riley (1 year ago)
Awesome. I literally just placed an order for a Cobra 4. Can't wait to get it!
Don Gonzales (1 year ago)
In this video I am sewing on my ferdco Bull... they are no longer in business. I have upgraded this year to a cobra class 4 from leather machine co and it is an awesome machine! Basically the same machine as my ferdco but way better!
Gareth Martin (1 year ago)
I had no idea what a shavekit is so had to watch. Looks like you never go anywhere without yours. Nice leatherwork.
Gareth Martin (1 year ago)
In the UK it's a toiletries bag....I like shave kit better.
Custer Ranch (1 year ago)
Gareth Martin what do you call it?
Lalo Delgado (1 year ago)
great video ..
Brian Michaelson (1 year ago)
Thanks for the lesson....I sent a message via your website and Facebook and didn't receive a response....Are you getting messages by chance? Thanks again
Charles Snyder (1 year ago)
The mark of a true craftsman is making your work look easy and effortless..Having done a fair amount of leather work myself just to watch you do a project like this and make it look so easy that anybody can do it in my opinion makes, you, sir a great craftsman. Very good teaching video. The one question I have is what do you charge for a shaving bag like this?
Don Gonzales (1 year ago)
Thank you so much!
outlawspeeder (1 year ago)
Damm fine workmanship.
Don Gonzales (1 year ago)
Thanks a bunch!
Hey don what size thumbprint do you use
Don Gonzales (1 year ago)
I’m not sure on the size but I have a smaller one and a larger one. I also have an old McMillan pear shader that is tear drop shaped!
ashley foreman (1 year ago)
Amazing! So inspiring. I hope to one day be able to create pieces of art like you have! Brilliant. So beautiful.
Mike Noland (1 year ago)
I've been doing this a while and I believe Don has as much artistic and craft knowledge as I have ever seen. His explanations as he works are very good - in short he is an extremely good teacher and we all should pay attention. Great job!! PS - yes the music is top notch.
Don Gonzales (1 year ago)
Thank you so much dude!
LeAnn Hayes (1 year ago)
Cool as hell!
Kim Jeffrey (1 year ago)
Got my pattern cut out !😁😁😁 here I go ! Thanks for the extra side panel patterns it came with too ! THANKS FOR THE VIDEOS ! Cheers ! All the Best in the New Year to you and your Family 😁👍
Firewalker688 (1 year ago)
Nice work as usual Don! Happy New Year to you!
Dj Hec (1 year ago)
Great tunes and top level craftsmanship. I have a couple questions - I'm trying to fix my old leather knee pads by gluing on a new piece of leather on to them. what glue do you recommend would work best for this situation? would it hold over time, or will it come apart?...any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you and happy new year.
Amy Morgan (1 year ago)
This is Beautiful! Wish I could learn to leatherwork
OMG Leatherworks (1 year ago)
Super clean and looks really great.
paleozon (1 year ago)
Beautiful. Thanks for sharing! You made it look so easy that you encouraged me to try it soon, hopefully!
Fire Johnson (1 year ago)
Awesome, your a true artist.
Eddie Hubbard (1 year ago)
I thought I was the only 1 that made a mistake cause I got in a rush, lol. I always tell everyone that was the 1st mistake I ever made & I am still waiting on my 2nd, lol.
Eddie Hubbard (1 year ago)
Durn, I wished I could get my tooling to look that good. What's your secret? I mean mine looks ok but yours stands out a whole lot better, more depth. Great work & great video.
aesprecast (1 year ago)
That's awesome! Do you thin your cement? Also, what brand do you use? I've heard Barge has changed its formula. Have you used S-18?
Frank Hiebert (1 year ago)
Great video Don, will give that shave kit a try after Christmas. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Walker Copeland (1 year ago)
What kind of beveler do you use for your lines?
Hồ Chí Minh (1 year ago)
real cowboys don´t shave lol
betoloera1 (1 year ago)
What dark oil do you use
Andrew Poulin (1 year ago)
I have to constantly turn my TV up while you talk and turn it way down when the music plays.
Ken Fannin (1 year ago)
Excellent! I thought I had seen some good work emulate but....I am very pleased to find your channel and have subscribed!
rcwarship (1 year ago)
Wow, what great work. Thanks very much for a complete & well documented video, you are the man! Merry Christmas to you & your family, Jon
Michael Latour (1 year ago)
Who was singing in the video I loved the song need to hear the whole thing.
Robert Hersey (1 year ago)
Hello and thanks for the great video. You do awesom work.. I have a wallet i purchased from ebay that was said to be leather but found it to be fake.. i like the way it was designed and its perfect for my needs and use Is there any way i could pay you to use it as a pattern and make one out of leather.. or do you know anyone else who might do it.. i looked for a while To find a wallet i like and would really like to have one made.. any help would be greatly appreciated.. thanks for the great video and for your time.. Robert.. Also i would like to have a log book cover made for my classic cabin cruiser i am restoring..
Rick Jorgenson (1 year ago)
Great Tutorial Don!  Thank you so much for all the content you put out for leatherworkers.
michele barden (1 year ago)
awesome tutorial, love the fancy tooling work you did on this piece. Well Done
Daniel Hale (1 year ago)
Beautiful work! What grit sandpaper do you use to sand the edges?
Kristiyan Bangov (1 year ago)
AWESOME VIDEO! Thank you so much! One question. What kind of a video editor do you use? I love the way you've put together the video! :)
Perfect work! Thank you very mach for video!
Michael A Galasso (1 year ago)
Don great video. I have a question. Were can I get that razor blad holder that you use? Thanks Mike
Papujet (1 year ago)
Awesome work!!
Peter Watts (1 year ago)
Love this...loads of ideas taken from it...many thanks..
iceman (1 year ago)
Don, thanks for the video. If I was going to hand stitch the sides to the gusset, could I pre-punch the holes with a stitching chisel and then use an awl to punch through the gusset when sewing?
ROBERT VAUGHAN (1 year ago)
great tutorial... what beveler and foot print are you using?

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