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Leather Carving Tutorial

This leather carving tutorial shows you how to freehand draw your own oak leaf and acorn pattern onto a piece of Hermann Oak saddle skirting with step by step details with Bruce Cheaney. This is something you can have fun as well as hone your skills as a leather crafter and learn how to fill a space with a leather design.

The tools used for this leather carving tutorial are a pair of C.S. Osborne 6″ dividers for marking the border and a vintage saddlers awl for scratching and drawing the design onto leather.

This leathercraft tutorial shows you how to cut in your hand drawn oak leaf and acorn pattern with a Barry King swivel knife. The leather for this leather carving tutorial is Hermann Oak Leather tanned in St. Louis Missouri and it is a very fine tooling leather.

Carving leather for fun and practice is a great way to hone your leather carving skills.

The piece of leather for this demonstration measures 2″ X 5 1/2″ and has been cased for a short period of time and is now ready for the design to be cut in. The swivel knife I am using has a 1/4″ hollow ground straight blade and is sharp and ready to cut the design.

Leather Carving Exercise

This carving exercise started off by cutting in the border and then lightly scratching a design of two oak leaves and two acorns within that border next I took my Barry King swivel knife with the 1/4″ hollow ground blade and cut the oak leaves and acorns into the Hermann Oak saddle skirting. Next I beveled around the leaves and acorns with Craftool B802 and B803 bevelers and then bruised the oak leaves with a older Craftool number P221. The background work was done with a Craftool 888 and then a few decorative swivel knife cuts were put onto the oak leaves and acorns to finish up the piece.

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Gainesville, Texas. USA

Leathercraft Max

Carving leather with leather tools made by Barry King Tools, Craftool and C.S. Osborne fun exercises to hone your leather carving skills.

Barry King Leather Tools

Craftools from Tandy Leather Factory

C. S. Osborne and Company Leather Tools

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