Thanks for all the advice folks! I think we have a Tandy in town. I was most concerned with buying equipment that isn't needed. Sometimes sales folks or starter kits can lead you to believe you need XYZ and I'm not sure I need that big of an investment yet.
My projects will mostly be knife case/sheath, wallets, key chains etc. nothing to crazy.
Ill keep you updated. Anyone interested in a thread to discuss tip/tricks and show work?