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I have only recently begun to carve leather.  I have made some simple keychains and other small things with stamping, and now I want to get to the next level in my craft.  I would like to learn Sheridan carving, and I have purchased some templates to help me, but I am finding that I am lacking not only skill, (which I know will come with practice, LOTS of practice) but some basic tools as well.  I know I will need a selection of steep bevellers, flower centers, etc, but can someone give me a list of which tools I MUST have to create a decent Sheridan carving?  At this point, Barry King tools are out of the question, so something I could order from Springfield Leather, or Tandy?  Thanks in advance.

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1. buy a craftool craftaid plastic template you like. They have a sheet included which advises which tools to use for which areas. you can get them with belt-only patterns or for bill-fold wallets or there are some for both. the bill-fold wallet templates can be used on anything, eg a notebook cover

2. then buy the stamping tools which are recommended. just to set out and buy tooling stamps will-nilly you may end up with one you may never use.

3. buy a swivel knife. you'll need that for any tooling anyways

4. Tandy stamps are well ok. later, if you want, you can gradually replace any you are not happy with.

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Fredk,

Thanks.  I forgot there are tools listed on the sheet with the craftaid. Told you I was new to this. :dunno: Ill start with those.

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14 hours ago, MrDoug said:

Thanks.  I forgot there are tools listed on the sheet with the craftaid. Told you I was new to this. :dunno: Ill start with those.

unfair of me to leave it off where I did.

A lot of the craftaids advise of tools which are no longer available. You'll need to use the nearest look-alike tool

This is a useful conversion chart for which newer tools 'replaced' the older tools

Craftool Conversion Chart.pdf

Other than the advised tools you may find it handy to have a few or the regularly used types. Even some of these are now discontinued by Tandy. They seem to be really cutting down on availability of these tools. But you can find them thru the likes of ebay or from Le Prevo in England.

eg, 

A series backgrounders, A104, A105 & A114

The bevellers; smooth, B197, B935, lined,  B202 L & R, 

Camouflage; C425, C433

Seeder;  S706,  S932

Mulefoot; U851, U859

Pear shaders; P233, P703, P213

Veiner; V406, V708

Flower centre; J520, J615

These are just some of my suggestions. Others on this forum with much greater experience will have very different suggestions

 

 

 

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Fredk,

First, I dont think you were unfair. I had seen the tool numbers on the craftaid sheet, they just completely escaped my mind.  Its good to be reminded sometimes.  I had watched some videos since I looked at it, and they were rattling off some tool numbers as they used them, but without watching them again, with pen and paper, I missed most of them. so,

secondly, Thanks so much for taking the time to make the list.  I will compare them with the tools I have (woefully few that they are) and begin building a basic set.

At some point, I will post a few pictures of what I have done with what I have.

Thanks again.

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Dont forget that the stamps quoted are just examples, your free to be as artistic as you like, dont be tied by what others have used, experiment

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