Carving a Flower into Leather

Leather Carving Tutorial and Video by Bruce Cheaney

Leather tools for tooling carving are King swivel knife, Craftool leather stamps, Frogjelly leather maul. The leather piece I am drawing this flower on is called saddle skirting and is 13/15 ounce in weight and the thickness allows me to cut and bevel my design rather deep. This leather measures four inches by four inches and can be used for a coffee coaster or leather souvenir. Tooling and carving on a leather piece like this is a great way to try out new designs and hone your leather caving skills.

Carving a Flower into Leather

Practicing my leather tooling and carving on a piece of thick vegetable tanned saddle skirting. The swivel knife I like and use the most is made by Barry King Tools and features a one half inch brass barrel the swivel knife blade is one quarter inch in width. The leather stamps are made by Craftool and are numbers B802 and B803. The leather stamping maul I am using in this video tutorial is from Frogjelly Leather and I really like the weight and feel of this maul for this type leather craft project.

Leathers for tooling and caving leather designs

Different brand leathers will tool and carve and finish out in their own unique way. Some leathers to check out are Hermann Oak Leather Company, Wickett and Craig Leather Company and American Leather Direct (ALD). I also use a leather from Tandy Leather and the number is 9047-05 and this is an economical leather that is great for saddle repairs and leather craft projects like knife sheath and gun holster making and even tooled leather belts.

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Leather Carving a Flower
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