The art of braiding is unique compared
to other leatherwork disciplines, such as saddle making. Braiding
requires an investment in two pieces of required equipment, a
cutter/beveler and a splitter. The smaller hand tools, materials
and hide preparations are less expensive in comparison.
Those of us who work with leather ultimately
develop a list of materials best suited for our specific needs
and products we have found dependable meeting our performance
expectations and standards.
We believe quality materials produce quality
items thus we continually search for excellence in the materials
and products we choose.
The list below, developed over the years,
reflects those suppliers who consistently produce high quality
leather, tools, preparations and finishing products. Consider
them in your quest for braiding excellence.
Montana Leather Co. 2015 1st Ave N., Billings,
Mt. 59101, (800) 527-0227, www.montanaleather.com
Latigo, Kangaroo, leathers of all kinds, round leather belting,
hand tools, dyes, thread.
Round leather belting (for Romal Rein inner
core) & waxed string: Oregon Leather, 541-343-2563.
Rawhide - full cowhides: Jarrett Pistole.
Cell phone 931-261-3284 or land phone 615-536-5453. To
view photos of the rawhide.
Silversmith: Bits of Silver, Gordon Hayes,
9765 Carrisa Hwy. Santa Margarita, Ca. 93453, (805) 475-2224,
Braiding Books & Instruction, Braiding
Kits & Supplies & other Tools: Hought Fine Art &
Leather, Gail Hought, 707-839-1871 or www.hought.com.
Braiding Classes: Hought Fine Art &
Leather, Gail Hought, 800-839-1164 or www.hought.com.
Please check our website, choose Braiding
Instruction then go to Braiding Lessons for dates, times