One of our most asked questions from people just getting started in leathercraft is “what leather should I buy or use for a specific project”? There are a lot of ways to go to answer this question, so we took seven basic projects and Chuck breaks down the leather to two options that will work nicely for each project. We hope this helps answer some of your questions and makes it easier to pick the perfect leather for your project.
While filming The Leather Element and project videos, Chuck has been jotting down tips and tricks that he runs into to make life a little bit easier, so today we’re sharing six of them! Chuck offers tips to keep your cutting surfaces from sliding around and how a simple clip can provide multiple uses in your shop. We hope this information is helpful to you! Tracing film Poundo Board
We’ve had several questions about the leather stitch groover, which is one of Chuck’s go-to tools so, in this video, we’ll show you some tips and tricks on this handy tool. This tool creates stitch lines as well as decorative cuts and edge lines.
In this weeks’ video, Chuck gives some helpful hints on how to cut a straight edge onto a hide and then cutting straight straps from there. Chuck also shows how to cut soft, thin leather without getting a “rippled” cut.
In this week’s The Leather Element video, Chuck makes a fun pumpkin mouse pad. The face of the mousepad is carved, tooled and painted and then a suede backer is added to keep the mousepad in place. The carved pumpkin can also be used as fall decor. The dye ratio for the orange color is 4 yellow to 1 red Fiebing’s Pro Dye Chuck uses a swivel knife and a beveler to carve and tool the pumpkin and the leaves. Shop Swivel Knives Beveler Tracing Film Angelus Paint Fiebing’s Pro Dye