This skills-based course immerses the student in the fundamentals of traditional leather crafting. This class is both for beginners and those who have some experience but wish to gain a well-rounded foundation for their practice of leather work. You’ll complete several projects within 20 hours of class work.

Skill sets include:

  • Leather Knowledge, types and weights,
  • Reading a side of leather—where to cut
  • Tool identification and proper usage
  • Measuring/squaring
  • Cutting tools and techniques, changing blades, strap cutter
  • Gluing: prep, aligning edges, when glue is viable, removing glue.
  • Burnishing
  • Punching holes, punching slots; choosing the proper size, techniques
  • Setting rivets and hardware
  • Buckles:  installing, creating a ring buckle, keepers
  • Trouble shooting rivets, eyelets and snaps
  • Setting misc hardware
  • Hand Sewing and edge braiding  double needle saddle stitch, baseball stitch

Projects include wallets, belts, cuffs, card holders, cases, 4 and 6 strand round braids, messenger bags