Leatherwork season, part 1

It’s finally warming up, so it’s time to start my leatherwork season.
And here it is – the leather. Unlike regular bookbinding leather which is thin and supple, this stuff is blunt force hide.  I have the whole hide to work with. It comes from the local Greenhalgh’s Tannery. Deep chestnut colour, gorgeous sheen. I’m a lucky girl.

It’s beautiful, but tough. Cutting the leather isn’t for the fainthearted. In fact, it could either gladden you, or distress you to know that in order to be ever mindful of safety when using my favourite leatherworking tools, I always have close to hand a clean hand towel, a flexible icepack, my mobile phone and a sterile sealed jar.  Just in case.  I’m hoping that the fact I am always mentally and practically prepared to lose a finger doing this, means i never actually will.

I use two or three knives, with the first being this lovely beast.  It’s actually a hacking knife, but it does a deep score to prepare the leather for more fine cutting. Nice.

Here is the basic cut and scored leather unit. There’s more work to do, of course, before it even sees any paper, but that’s for next time.

Cheers, folks – chat again soon     x

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