I've had this book (and Volumes 2 & 3) for about 15 years. I still go back and refer to them from time to time for proper strap, handle, buckle, and reinforcement construction. Once you see the great illustrations and read the easy to follow guidance you will quickly understand the proper way to construct your projects. Youveill also see the errors and/weak construction of other's (yes, even other "professional" leather crafters') projects. This book will provide you with a solid foundation of leather crafting knowledge upon which you can build more complex projects at a higher quality. The multiple options for uncomplicated and solid construction is priceless. If you have realized that you have finally been weaned off of pre-made kits, then this book is for you. Happy leather crafting.