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Daniel Darlow

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Just had my 3rd customer who has been referred by the local Timpsons (the shoe repairers at most Supermarkets) guy at Sainsburys.
Never met him, he has just seen my van. Bundled him a pile of business cards and a promise of a pint the next call.
Never thought but he says that he gets untold amount of enquiries for repair etc.
Worth a try.:goodday:
 
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David McMillan

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Hi Daniel
to what extent do you repair compaired to just cleaning cleaning .
Why I ask, I'm looking to do Judy's tech course later in the year but I'm under the impression there not enough work for just cleaning
Are there other courses for repair ,excuse my ignorance or am I reading into things wrongly
Many thanks
Dave
 

Daniel Darlow

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Hi David.
I agree with you, if you are just looking at Leather Cleaning Upholstery you will have lots of spare time on your hands!
With the knowledge under your belt of repair and recolouring to be learnt on the course, it will open up several avenues of income. Apart from sofas, etc. car interiors and seats are a major enquiry. With the right marketing other avenues can be found such as Jackets, bags etc. I have developed, with my love of restoration and repair, more into 'making things' which is also now a hobby/income. So now customers are contacting me wanting new straps made, belts extended or remade. I make archery accessories quivers, armguards, finger tabs, the list goes on, mind you it has taken a few years to get to where I am today but I can be busy 24 hours a day if necessary! So I have gone from full time CC'ing to full time Leather working and loving every minute, not so hard on your body when you get to a certain age.
 
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David McMillan

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Thanks Daniel
Are you aware or have knowledge of good leather repair maybe machining, making bits and pieces and colouring etc, or maybe I need to look at other avenues of employment at my advanced years , but would love to work for myself

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Dave
 

Daniel Darlow

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Have a look at Tandy Leather, they are an American Company who are huge in the States where Leather as a Makers situation is enormous. They have 2 branches over here, one in Nottingham, where I get some of my stock from, it will really open your eyes. They also do online tutoring, check out their Youtubes. There are other major UK suppliers of leather, and fittings and tools, but you always need to start somewhere. Machining is something else and not really my scene, I hand stitch everything I do, Saddlestitching is a rewarding experience, Tooling leather is another skilled art, which takes practise and dying and colouring another....there is a lot to learn.
 
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Judy Bass

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Another great resource for products and courses for leather crafting is The Identity Store in Matlock.
Peter is very knowledgeable having worked for many years in the tanning industry.
They gave some great leather sales too.
Hope this helps
Look forward to seeing you on a course soon.
Cheers
Judyb
 

Daniel Darlow

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Your very welcome Emily:goodday:I presume your Supermarkets are pretty much the same with Franchises attached to them in some way?
:welcome:
Where in the USA are you? and what do you do?
 

Emily Turner

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We offer Commercial Cleaning and industrial Office Cleaning services based in San Rafael, California. Serving customers in Marin, Sonoma, and San Francisco since 1981.(Sta-Cleans)
 
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Paul Watchorn

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Hi David,
In terms of both cleaning & repair, The market is vast.
If it's not apparent at present, you need to look at your marketing.
In terms of cleaning. The amount of time to learn to understand the leather type and how to clean it safely is not very long.
A supplier would probably show you if you visited them.
Repair is different.
You should look very carefully at where, and with whom you train.
Master the cleaning first, then if you like it, then go for training.
 
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Judy Bass

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A product supplier will only show you the cleaning process in terms of their own products which in most cases have their limitations.
Leather ID is crucial to get the best results from whatever you use and when more specialist products may be required.

There is also a need to understand where cleaning ends and repair/restoration starts.
Having an all round understanding of leather will help give you confidence when dealing with customers and the job you are facing.

I agree you need to be careful who you choose for training as some companies are training only what they know rather than having a deep understanding of leather and its properties.

Cheers
Judyb
 
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