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Chan Geer's Leather Wallet Patterns—2008 (HTML and Image Format)

Chan Geer's Leather Patterns—2007 (PDF Format)
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Chan Geer's Leather Patterns—2007 (HTML and Image Format)

Fishing Fly Wallet—2011 (PDF Format)
  • Fishing Fly Wallet
  • Cut out parts
  • Skive Pocket
  • Apply Finish
  • Assembly
  • Finished Product
  • Patterns

Leather Feather Carving Tutorial by Ken Bush (PDF Format)
  • Leather Feather Carving Tutorial

Typography in Leather with text on a Curve or Circle by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Typography in Leather
  • Acquiring Letterpress Font Sets
  • Process to Emboss Leather
  • Clamp the Letters Together
  • Case and Back the Leather with Matt Board
  • Emboss the Letters
  • Trim the Leather
  • Form a Stitch line and Round the Corners
  • Dye the Leather and Edge Coat
  • Seal the Leather
  • Glue the Patch
  • Stitch the Leather
  • How-to Create Curved Text
  • Text on a Circle or Curve
  • Pointers to Remember
  • Methods of Composition in a Chase
  • Some Font Basics
  • Point Sizes
  • Serif verse San Serif Styles
  • Kerning
  • Proportional verses Monospace
  • Drive Depth

Book Binding by Paula Marquis (PDF Format)
  • Bookbinding
  • Samples
  • The Materials
  • Sewing the Text Block
  • End Papers
  • Headbands & Ribbon
  • Lining
  • Leather choices
  • Leather Gluing to the Davey Boards
  • Skiving the Leather
  • Gluing the Leather
  • Embossing a Title
  • Casing the Book
  • After Class Notes
  • Colophon Book Arts
  • Daniel Smiths

Production Leather Belts by Ivan Sampson (PDF Format)
  • Making Production Belts
  • Cutting the Belt Blanks
  • Casing the Belt Blanks
  • Embossing the Design
  • Strap Cutting the End
  • Edge Beveling
  • Dying
  • Punching Adjustment Holes
  • Belt Keepers
  • Belt Finish Coat
  • Making the Buckle Attachment
  • Sizing the Belt
  • Selling Belts at Craft Fairs

Leather Slipcase for Special Books by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Simple Slipcase
  • Binders Board Replacement
  • Leather Lining
  • Measurements & Cutting
  • Leather Covering
  • Cutting & forming the Corners
  • The Finished Slipcase
  • Alternate (Preferred) Construction Method
  • Forming the Spine Fold
  • Title Decorations
  • Making and Gluing the Title

Northwest Coastal Indian 3-ring Binder by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • NW Indian 3-Ring Magazine Binder
  • Front Cover Design References
  • Construction Details
  • Coloring
  • Wax finish
  • Finished Project Pictures
  • Back Cover Design References

3-Ring Leather Binder with rounded spine by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • 3-Ring Magazine Binder
  • The Beginning—eBay Purchase...
  • 3-Ring Binder Supplies
  • Why Sheet Protectors?
  • The Design
  • Measurements
  • Spine Construction
  • Cover Construction
  • Inside Leather Installation
  • Outside Leather Installation
  • Dying the Project
  • Sewing
  • Trimming
  • Assembly

Leather Can Coolers by Paula Marquis (PDF Format)
  • Can Coolers
  • Pattern Fitting
  • Cutting & Glueing
  • Carving
  • Lacing
  • Bottom

Reconditioning a Splitter by Norm Lynds (PDF Format)
  • Splitter
  • The Challenge
  • Disassembly
  • Cleaning
  • Refinishing
  • Testing

Shibouri Method of Dyeing Leather by Paula Marquis (PDF Format)
  • Shibouri Method of Dyeing Leather
  • The Dyes
  • Mixing the Dyes
  • Spooning the Dye
  • Creating Patterns
  • Obtaining the Dyes

Sheath for the Head Knife by Norm Lynds (Part 3 of 3) (PDF Format)
  • Round Knife Sheath
  • Preparing the Sheath Design
  • Cutting the Sheath
  • Finish for the Leather
  • Sewing the Project

Re-Handling the Head Knife by Norm Lynds (Part 2 of 3) (PDF Format)
  • Re-Handling the Head Knife
  • Custom Fitting
  • New Handle Design
  • Transfer New Design to Wood
  • Tools Needed
  • Wood Selection
  • Cutting the Wood
  • Splitting the Blank
  • Inletting
  • Tapering the Handle
  • Assemble the Knife
  • Final Shaping
  • Apply the Finish
  • Sources

Joe Barth Workshop by Paula Marquis (PDF Format)
  • Joe Barth 4-Day Workshop
  • Examples
  • Photos

Sharpening the Head Knife by Norm Lynds (Part 1 of 3) (PDF Format)
  • Oil stones
  • Carborundum
  • Ceramic Stones
  • Sandpaper
  • Water Stones
  • Sources

A Leather Coaster by Dusty Wert (PDF Format)
  • Leather Coaster
  • The Process with Computer Generated Tracing Patterns
  • Pictures

A Leather Cup by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Leather Cup
  • The Process
  • Letter Embossing
  • Forming the Cylinder
  • Sewing

A New Belt by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • A New Belt
  • Reconstruction
  • Reconstruction with Old Belt Hardware
  • New Belt Construction

Pencil Coloring Technique on Leather by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Pencil Leather coloring technique
  • The Pencils
  • The Project
  • The Coloring
  • The Finish

Dusty’s Turkish Box by Paula M. Marquis (PDF Format)
  • Dusty’s Turkish Box
  • Construction Steps
  • Pictures

Head/Round Knife Case by Woody Collins (PDF Format)
  • Head/Round Knife Case
  • Construction
  • Pattern
  • Leather
  • Closure
  • Pictures

Robb Barr Style Fish Binder by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Robb Barr Style with Tandy CraftAid™ Fish Binder
  • Procedure
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Construction
  • The Fish Tooling and Coloring
  • Pictures

Northwest Coastal Indian Design "Salmon-Trout Eye" Binder by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Northwest Coastal Indian Design "Salmon-Trout Eye" Binder
  • Procedure
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Construction
  • References
  • Pictures

Leather Running Shorts by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Leather Running Shorts
  • The Design
  • Cut the Pattern
  • Assembling the Pieces
  • Sewing
  • Care and Cleaning
  • Quil Ceda Tanning Company

My First Saddle by Carol Gessell (PDF Format)
  • My First Saddle by Carol Gessell
  • Story
  • Pictures

The Take-apart, Put-together, Tear Apart and Make Something Different Day Planner/Journal by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • The Take-apart, Put-together, Tear Apart and Make Something Different Day Planner/Journal
  • The Design
  • The Finish & the Big Mistake
  • Change in Project
  • Second Design of a Combo Journal and Address Book
  • Details of snap-to-snap, back-to-back Construction

Experimenting with Patterns from other Crafts by Barbara Lourdes (PDF Format)
  • Experimenting with Patterns from other Crafts
  • Procedure
  • Pictures

Two-piece Leather Wallet/Purse by Paula Marquis (PDF Format)
  • Two-pocket Purse/Wallet
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Construction
  • Pictures

Leather Game Box by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Leather Box
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Procedures
  • Pictures
  • Tips

Leather Mini-Disk Recorder/Player Case by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Leather Mini-Disk Recorder/Player Case
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Procedure
  • Pictures
  • Tips

Leather Protection for Owners Manuals by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Leather Protection for Owners Manuals
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Procedures
  • Tips
  • Pictures

Leather Brush, Pen or Pencil Case by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Leather Case for:
    • Brushes
    • Pens
    • Pencils
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Procedures
  • Patterns
  • Pictures

Typography in Leather by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Typography in Leather
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Procedures
  • Use
  • Tips
  • Pictures

Fantasy Mushrooms by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Fantasy Mushrooms
  • Designs
  • Pattern
  • Tips
  • The Creature
  • Coloring
  • Pictures

Stair Step Braid Leather Appliques by Ed Barns (PDF Format)
  • Stair Step Braid Leather Appliques
  • Needed supplies and tools
  • The step-by-step process
  • Tips
  • Pictures

Leather Dominos by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Leather Dominos
  • Plan ONE
  • Plan TWO
  • Material
  • Tools
  • The Process
  • Pictures
  • Patterns

Leather Storage Containers by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Leather Storage Containers
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • The Process
  • Photos

Leather Checkers by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Leather Checkers
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • The Processe
  • Coloring the Checkers
  • Protective Finish
  • Photos

Leather Chess Board by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Leather Chess Board
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Coloring
  • The Process
  • Scrap Practice
  • The Pattern
  • Sewing the Edge
  • Coloring the Chessboard
  • Protective Finish
  • Design Some Checkers or Chessmen
  • Photos

A Simple, Elegant Wallet by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • A Simple, Elegant Wallet
  • Starting
  • Designing
  • Setting the project size
  • Installing the design
  • Experimentation
  • Final design
  • Making the tracing
  • Project Pictures

Making Quick & Easy Leather Stamps by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Making Quick & Easy Leather Stamps
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Linoleum
  • The Lino-Block
  • Process

Simple Slip-on Leather Covers by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Simple Slip-on Leather Covers
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Measuring the Book
  • Backing Leather
  • Gluing Baking to Cover
  • Gluing the Cover Flaps to the backing
  • Easing the Hinge
  • Punching the Holes
  • Lacing or Sewing
  • Finished Slip-on Covers

Police Style Notebook by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Police Style Notebook
  • Construction
  • Making Your Own Notebook from Scratch
  • Overview
  • Step-by-Step Process
  • Folding the Pages
  • Making a Signature
  • Prepare a Jig
  • Punching the Sewing Holes
  • Sewing the Signatures
  • Making the Block
  • End Papers and Cover
  • Leather Cover Installation
  • Decoration and Dyeing

Bevelers and How to Use Them by Bill Churchill (PDF Format)
  • Bevelers and How to Use Them
  • Different Types of Bevelers
  • Different Types of Modelers
  • Matting Tools
  • Five Points of the Tool
  • Walking the Beveler
  • Hand Bevelers
  • Matting Down the Beveled Ridge
  • Photos and Diagrams

Embossing the Fish by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Embossing the Fish
  • Idea
  • The Mold
  • The Casing
  • Embossing
  • Modeling Tool Touch Up
  • Coloring
  • The Background
  • Fish Coloration
  • Examples of Matting
  • Photos

Faux Bookbinding Spine by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Faux Bookbinding Spine
  • Background
  • Pattern
  • Construction
  • Faux Spine
  • Sewing
  • Dyeing and Finishing

Pseudo-Frog Skin Belt by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Pseudo-Frog Skin Belt
  • Reptilian Skin
  • Scales
  • Circular Bumps
  • Irregular Bumps

Leather Pine Cones for Christmas by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Leather Pine Cone
  • The Process
  • Pictures

Leather 3-Ring Binders by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Leather 3-Ring Binders
  • The Process
  • Tips
  • Hints

Leather Slip-on Book Covers by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Machine Stitching "On-the-Cheap"
  • Making Slip-on Book Covers
  • Hand or Machine Tooled?
  • Tippmann "Boss" Information

Heraldry — Coat of Arms by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Coat of Arms
  • Design Elements
  • Beasts and Creatures
  • Picture Examples
    • ...from England
    • ...from Spain
    • from Greece
  • Designing Your Own Coat of Arms

Unusual Leather Ties by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Unusual Leather Tie
  • Materials
  • Tools
  • Directions
  • Pictures

Day Planners by Bill Churchill (PDF Format)
  • Day Planner
  • Keeping Track of Dates
  • Materials Required
  • Directions
  • Checklist
  • Tony Laier’s Credit Card Pockets

Leather Dragon Figure (PDF Format)
  • Year of the Dragon Figure
  • Step-by-Step Process
  • Examples
  • Pictures

Leather Wrist Bands by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Leather Wrist Bands
  • Step-by-Step Process
  • Examples
  • Bob Stelmack’s Autobiography

Leather Christmas Cards By Fred Nachbar (PDF Format)
  • Leather Christmas Cards
  • Step-by-Step Process
  • Five Original Examples
  • Fred Nachbar's Autobiography

Gilded Leather Carvings by Adam Smith (PDF Format)
  • Materials Required
  • Preparing the Carving
  • Applying the Size
  • Applying the Leaf
  • Resources
  • Aurthor's Biography — Adam Smith

Homemade Border Stamping Tools (PDF Format)
  • Stamping Tools
  • Samples and business card designs

Owl Eyeglass Holder by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Owl Eyeglass Holder
  • Patterns
  • Pictures
  • Directions

Leather Coloring by Bill Churchill (PDF Format)
  • Ball-point Pens
  • Felt Tip Markers
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Japanese Ink Brushes
  • Colored Pencils
  • Colored Inks
  • Block Dyeing
  • Sanding Projects
  • Creating Highlights
  • Antiques
  • Iridescent Coloring
  • Aurthor’s Biography — Bill Churchill

Fantasy Dragons for Leathercraft by Adam Smith (PDF Format)
  • Fantasy Dragons for Leathercraft
  • Sketching in the Body
  • Wings
  • Head
  • Jaw
  • Ears
  • Face
  • From sketchpad to Leather
  • Author’s Biography — Adam Smith

Home-made Power Bench Tools for the Leathercrafter by Adam Smith (PDF Format)
  • Scavenging Motors
  • Buffer/polisher
  • Edge-finisher
  • Disk-sander
  • Safety Notes
  • Author: Adam Smith — Biography

Designing Your Own Work by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Project Design
  • The Whiteout-Draw-Xerox-Cut-and-Paste Method
  • The Computer Redraw
  • The Photography Method
  • Original Line Drawn Art Work Method
  • References
  • Project Construction

Northwest Indian Leather Designs by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • References
  • Basic Design Rules
  • Pictorial Samples
  • Leather Sample Applications
  • Designing Your Own Work

Japanese Family Crests for Leather by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Design Examples
  • References

Deb’s Sewing Seminar by Deb Laudadio (PDF Format)
  • Hand Sewing Tips

Electric Beveler by Dave Wallen (PDF Format)
  • Making an Electric Beveler

Quick Draw Knife Case by Bill Churchill (PDF Format)
  • Step-by-step and Patterns for Case

Batiking Leather by Bob Stelmack (PDF Format)
  • Step-by-step Batiking Process

The following articles are in the OLD HTML format:

Making Stamping Tools by Bill Churchill
  • A Complete Primer to Make Your Own Stamping Tools
Deb Laudadio’s Combo Tool
  • A Tool for Fine Finish Details
Making a head knife by Bill Gaylord
  • A Head Knife Made from a Table Saw Blade
Home made clicker by Bill Churchill
  • Inexpensive Alternative to Clickers
Embossing with ball bearings by Ken Imus
  • Quick and Easy way to Achieve that "Embossed" Look
Credit card holder by Tony Laier
  • The "Inside" of making Credit Card Holders, from Tony Laier
Texture tooling wheels by Bill Churchill
  • A Tool Made from Surplus Knurl Machine Tools
Christmas scraps by Sister Racheal
  • Making Christmas Ornaments from Scraps
Leather casing formula by Bill Churchill
  • Casing that Gives a High Burnish
Leather slicking technique by Toni Ezettie
  • An "OLD" Saddle makers Trick
Leather pattern making by Toni Ezettie
  • How to Make Your Own Designs
Kitchen Knife Holder by Bill Churchill
  • Design and Construction
Leather Dies — Made at Home by Bob Stelmack
  • Dies Made from Lino-blocks
A Homemade GRAIN Tool by Bill Churchill
  • Deep Textured Pear Shader

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