Learn the the fundamental skills you need to start working with leather by making a simple, useful wallet! In this class you’ll be introduced to a wide range of leatherworking techniques, tools and materials and then shown how to apply them to a design. Working with beautiful pre-dyed chrome tanned leather, we'll start from the basics and use our skills to create something you can use everyday.
Our lessons will cover skills like cutting leather, punching holes, gouging, folding, riveting, and snaps. We’ll also learn about the different types of leather, and how to shop for what you need. By the end of this class you’ll have all the skills and tools you need to start creating your own beautiful leatherwork. And if you want to keep building your skills by learning techniques like sewing, gluing, and making leather patterns, you can move on to my free Intermediate Leatherworking Class when you're done!
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Lesson 1: Leather Tools and Supplies
This lesson is where you'll find links to all the tools and materials you need for this class, as well as brief discussions of what each tool is used for, and info about choosing leather and leather history. Everything you need to get started!
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Lesson 2: Simple Leather Wallet: Layout and Trace
Learn the best way to transfer patterns onto leather, then get your hands dirty by tracing a simple wallet pattern using an awl.
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Lesson 3: Cutting Leather
Cutting leather is one of the most important and fundamental leather skills you need to master. We'll talk about a few different tools and methods for cutting, then apply them by cutting out our wallet pattern.
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Lesson 4: Gouging and Folding Leather
Learn techniques for folding leather using an adjustable V-gouge and a mallet. Apply your skills by creating folded flaps in our wallet design.
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Lesson 5: Leather Hardware: Rivets
Rivets are one of the simplest and most effective methods of leather joinery. We'll learn about hole punching and rivet setting, and then use rivets to assemble our wallet.
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Lesson 6: Leather Hardware: Snaps
Learn how to add simple closures to leather projects using snaps. In this lesson we'll talk about choosing the right snaps and how to set them, then we'll finish our wallet by adding a snap.
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Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!