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Skills: Hand Tooling Leather

So here’s a post of little or no interest to most people.  Enjoy. 

Having hobbies other than cycling gives me a guilt free excuse to avoid pedaling out in this miserable weather.  The two hobbies that consume my obsessive mind when the roads are iced over are mastering the claw-hammer banjo (which I am far from achieving) and leather craft.

Leather tooling is an easy hobby to pick up and with a few basic tools, a small workspace and a lot of patience almost anyone can do it.  Some people may find making art out of the flesh of doe eyed animals a bit sick, but for those of us who enjoy gnawing the juicy bloody meat of these innocent creatures, making the most of the leftovers from the carcass is down right ethical.

Anyway, here’s the process in a nutshell.  First find a design you would like to transfer to the leather.  I use black and white tattoo templates for most of my projects.  You want a design with  bold lines that is easy to trace.  Trace the design onto tracing paper.  Lightly wet the leather.  This is called ‘casing the leather’ and will allow you to trace over the design onto the leather.  Next carve out the design using a swivel knife.  You can accent your carving using an assortment of stamps and modeling tools if you like.  Lastly finish your project off with leather dyes and a product such as Eco Flo, which resists the dye and makes your design stand out.  Tandy Leather is the biggest supplier of leather tooling products and I have had great service from them.

For those who are still reading, thanks, Jack

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Categories: Gear, Going off topic, Skills
  1. arlen
    December 19, 2010 at 9:14 am

    when i was living back west …there was a tanning company near by….
    i was able to buy from them whole hides at un believable prices….just down right dirt cheap…”tandy leather ” is ok for the sewing supplies …but i found their leather to high priced….again it is great to know that there are others out here with the same interest….

  2. The Velo Hobo
    December 19, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I’d love to find a local source for leather…here in the eastern part of the country, it seems as if no one is into tanning. We buy our beef from a local farm, I suppose they ship the hides off.

    Thanks for the comment, Jack

  3. larry messere
    July 10, 2014 at 4:15 am

    IM PRETTY TALENTED I THINK THATS WHAT THEY SAY JUST IN WAT IS WAT I NEED TO KNOW I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT TOOLS I REALY NEED TO HAVE TO GET STARTED FOR WALLETS LADYS BAGS SMALL STUFF FIRST I GET BORED EASY I NEED TO DO SOMETHING THAT WILL KEEP MY ATT……. IF YA KNOW WAT I MEEN

  4. September 24, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    This is my first time pay a quick visit at here
    and i am really pleassant to read all at one place.

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