A lot of it is like woodworking, just with flexible wood. One of biggest suggestions when learning is to stick with leathers that will work at the thickness they already are. Learning to skive( thin) larger pieces of leather consistently by hand can be frustrating and leather splitters are a bit pricey to start out with.
Tandy Leather has some good how to books on leather making and different knot techniques ... you will need some basic tools as well; probably run you about $200-$250 to get started ... ebay is a good place to look.
You will definitely need the following to get started: stitching awl; scratch awl; stitching pony; head knife; thread; overstitch wheel; burnisher; utility knife; beveler; stitching groover; hole punch; cutting surface; sewing needles; and rubber glue ... and of course some leather.
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