My most prized possession was a leather bracelet that he made me with my initials and some flowers on it.
He made the most beautiful belts and bags and everyone was more amazing than the last.
At some point he started making bridles for horses. I remember setting at his feet in front of the fireplace as he created beautiful works of art out of nothing more than laces.
When I ordered Leather Braiding by Bruce Grant I didn't know what it looked like. I just thought it would be a good resource for my library. When it finally came and I opened the box... a million sweet memories flooded over me. This is the same book that my dad had years ago. I remember him examining the diagrams and tying all kinds of beautiful knots... that we were forbidden from distracting him while he was in the middle of tying.
Leather Braiding is not a book about making whips. It teaches flat braids, round braids, different ways to attach things with leather and lots of beautiful knots. It has some projects that will work for every skill level. Form simple braided belts to complicated headstalls, this book does teach how to braid leather. Not to worry if you use paracord! The knots work no matter the material. If you are just starting out and want a project that is a little less intimidating than a whip, I highly recommend this book.