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Learn Leatherwork on Leatherworker.net

Over the last few years, our members have contributed teaching material in all forms, on every subject of working with leather.  Many of our members are very well known in the leather medium as artists, designers, and expert master craftsmen/women, and we are very fortunate that they have taken the time to share their knowledge with all of us.

The material is somewhat dispersed throughout our site.  In the early days of Leatherworker.net, the only place to post the tutorials was in a forum post.  Now we have many useful formats in which knowledge can be transferred - videos, blog articles, downloadable PDF's - this page was set up to arrange all that material in an organized manner to make it easy for you to find information about a specific topic, or find all the material from your favorite artist or teacher.

Leatherwork Tutorial Index by Subject

Basics of Leatherwork

Braiding

How I Cut String, rgerbitz (Rob Gerbitz): Great information for braiders who would rather cut their own string.  Lots of photographs to illustrate the process.

Carving and Stamping

Coloring, Antiquing, and Finishing

Sewing and Lacing

Hand Stitching Guide, RawhideLeather (R. Holloman): A comprehensive text guide on hand stitching by a highly experienced leather craftsman.  Lots of great tips.

Projects

Bosal Tutorial, Alan Bell: A richly illustrated, well-written photo demo of making a 1/2-inch bosal with a braided core.

Gary's Exotic Leather Bracelets, leatherman1457 (Gary Lyon): A complete, step-by-step article in PDF form on how he makes his popular semi-rigid, exotic leather bracelets.

Key Fob Pattern and How-To, Storm: This is a quick, simple little project to make a sharp little key-fob decorated with a concho.

Making Wallet Guts, Kevin King: A photo demo showing the construction details of Kevin's familiar roper/biker wallet design with French-rolled edges, made with "the crappiest piece of leather" he could find in his scrap bin.  A very classy wallet.

Wet-formed Bag Tutorial, MagiKelly: A heavily-illustrated step-by-step on making a small wet-formed belt bag with a billeted strap and buckle closure.  This project includes a very nice demonstration of the wet-forming process.

Wet-forming/molding

Wet-forming Workshop, John Henry: This is an instruction sheet from a workshop held by John Henry in Macon, GA., in 1999.  It lacks illustrations and patterns, but contains some very useful general information on wet-forming techniques.

Misc. How-To's

How To Replace a Jacket Zipper, broncobuster (Bonnie Weber): Somebody brings you a great leather jacket that's gotten better with age and still has plenty of wear left in it... except for one thing - the zipper's broken!  Well, that doesn't have to spell the end of the jacket.  Bonnie Weber, the "Zipper Queen", demonstrates how to replace a broken jacket zipper and give that great old jacket a new life.

Making Rawhide, rgerbitz (Rob Gerbitz): A well-illustrated step-by-step tutorial on making rawhide from a fresh cowhide.

Leatherwork Tutorial Index by Author

Alan Bell

Bosal Tutorial: A richly illustrated, well-written photo demo of making a 1/2-inch bosal with a braided core.

Bobby Park (hidepounder)

Bonnie Weber (broncobuster)

How To Replace a Jacket Zipper: Somebody brings you a great leather jacket that's gotten better with age and still has plenty of wear left in it... except for one thing - the zipper's broken!  Well, that doesn't have to spell the end of the jacket.  Bonnie Weber, the "Zipper Queen", demonstrates how to replace a broken jacket zipper and give that great old jacket a new life.

Clay Banyai (ClayB)

Gary Lyon (leatherman1457)

Gary's Exotic Leather Bracelets: A complete, step-by-step article in PDF form on how he makes his popular semi-rigid, exotic leather bracelets.

Jim Linnell (elktracks)

Jim Simmons

John Henry

Wet-forming Workshop: This is an instruction sheet from a workshop held by John Henry in Macon, GA., in 1999.  It lacks illustrations and patterns, but contains some very useful general information on wet-forming techniques.

Kate Dubiel (CitizenKate)

Beaverslayer

Kevin King

Making Wallet Guts: A photo demo showing the construction details of Kevin's familiar roper/biker wallet design with French-rolled edges, made with "the crappiest piece of leather" he could find in his scrap bin.  A very classy wallet.

MagiKelly

Wet-formed Bag Tutorial: A heavily-illustrated step-by-step on making a small wet-formed belt bag with a billeted strap and buckle closure.  This project includes a very nice demonstration of the wet-forming process.

Paul Burnett (paulburnett)

R. Holloman (RawhideLeather)

Hand Stitching Guide, RawhideLeather: A comprehensive text guide on hand stitching by a highly experienced leather craftsman.  Lots of great tips.

Rob Gerbitz (rgerbitz)

How I Cut String: Great information for braiders who would rather cut their own string.  Lots of photographs to illustrate the process.

Making Rawhide: A well-illustrated step-by-step tutorial on making rawhide from a fresh cowhide.

Storm

Key Fob Pattern and How-To: This is a quick, simple little project to make a sharp little key-fob decorated with a concho.

Recently Added Tutorials

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