Glueing is a very sticky subject (quite literally). It's an indispensable tool in leather-crafting. It speeds up assembly time quite considerably and time is something that cannot be easily replaced.
The sticky substance however does not go hand in hand with an unmarked natural vegetable tanned leather. It's almost impossible to remove 100% the glue once it make contact with the grain side of the leather, there is always something that's left behind. We found the action of glueing to be a love hate relationship, in the past at least.
We stumbled upon a very neat glueing tools made by Rockler, which is intended for woodworking, that is a game changer for us especially when it comes to glueing relatively large surface area. The tools are fantastic in leather craft application, it significantly reduced the risk of dropping/smearing glue on the leather surface. The lack of clean-up is also a bonus, one can leave the glue to dry on the tools then just peel and clean. It's a love love relationship now.
Below are some photos we took while making mini tote with green chevre earlier today. As the tote is fully lined, the outer need to be glued to the lining, a considerable amount of glue was used.
Let us know what you think!