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Good Morning all y'all.. Welcome to KosKraft, Issue 18.
 This Group is for all those creative kossack artisans, plying away at their benches. If you make things, please join, and maybe give us a look at your work.
After the sea sponge.

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FIRST OFF: An extra special shout out to last week's diarist. The first to step up and give us a look at some beautiful pottery, and even kind enough to discuss the mistakes.  THANKS, Temmoku.
 In case I haven't been specific enough, this group's purpose is not sales. Of course they are always welcome, but Kos Katalog is really the right venue for that. It's about the lives of our artists and craftsman, the ups and downs, and even the politics of small art centric business. I hope we see more contributions with every week that passes.

The ups and downs of working as a lone craftsman...
 Two weeks ago was grand. New people reached out, people from the past showed up. I was busy. Not bad for a guy who was almost dead a year ago. As my childhood neighbor always said..."Everyday is a bonus".
 This past week was "completely different". Mostly I blame it on the Muse. I had an order for something I have made in the past, but this time, it just wasn't working out. I will have to go back to the drawing board for this one. But I don't want to. That's the rub. How many times have I started over in my life. It must be in the hundreds by now. Rip it up. Start over. Rinse and repeat. But every once in awhile, the muse takes a vacation. She's probably off in one of those places I never got to visit. Maybe off the coast of Ecuador....

 Well, today's Issue will be brief.
 I think I will just leave a few links to things you might be interested in.
This is a wonderful library of knowledge site for Leather Workers. If you are interested in possibly doing any of this work, start in this Forum, and you'll be busy for a lifetime. It's run by a wonderful lady, Johanna. Disclosure: I am a board admin. Yep, I've fooled somebody again...
Leatherworker.net

Here's a few  supplier links. If you work in other mediums, they still might be of interest, because the products can be unusual to "civilians", and might just be the right thing you've been looking for. At Leatherworker.net, there are hundreds more links.

Zack's (My goto, main supplier)
Springfield Leather
Ohio Travel Bag

Direct Leather Tanneries.

Horween's
W&C
Herman Oak

Misc.

General Craft list
bookbinding
Shop Talk

Well, that's all for now.
All Kossack Artisans are welcome to join the group, just send me a PM.
In the meantime, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the KosKatalog. They do yeoman's work in there, and it's about as business close to supporting "local" as you can get on the inter tubes.

Another crafty place to hang around...
WAYWO

my links:
Rocky River Leather Co.
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Originally posted to meagert on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 06:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by KosKraft.

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