My parents met in a college leatherworking class when my mother called my father to borrow a specific tool–at least that’s how the story goes. When I was a Girl Scout, my mother taught my troop to tool leather bookmarks, one of which I still have. Now she’s given me her tools, and I’m enjoying expressing my creativity! When a novel isn’t coming out right, pounding leather releases frustration.
First, cut the pieces you need out of vegetable tanned leather. This is the beginning of a purse I made. Use the paper pattern to trace the image onto the leather, leaving indentations in the leather.
This is my workspace. See Mom’s tools in the white tool holder?
Use the tools to carve and stamp designs into the leather. Here is a finished piece atop another piece that’s just a traced pattern.
And ta-da! The finished result. Ready to dye and finish at left, fully assembled on right.
Here is a project I’m very proud of. It became the cover of a binder for my son’s Dungeon and Dragons materials.