~ samples of Members' Leatherwork ~
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Maria Haddock

Notebook Cover: Pattern from How to Carve Leather book by Al Stohlman

Lee Bennett

Wedding Album: A wedding album I did for friends. [Traditional Western Floral carving, basket weave in center, husband's and wife's names in corner, and wedding date at the bottom. Saddle-stitched, possibly natural color, or mild high-lighting.]

Dave Cox

Seven Ring Commercial Checkbook: This checkbook was for a customer whose only direction was to "put an elk on it." I told him that I would make him a nice one. The checkbook is 11"x17" closed. I used 5-6 oz Hermann Oak for the outside and lined it with 3-4 oz on the inside. The picture is fully carved and dyed with a blend of spirit dyes and some thinned acrylics. I did a resist with lacquer and Fiebings mahogany antique paste only on the floral carving but not on the picture. This required a mask to keep the antiquing off that area. The 7-ring binder is held in place by two engraved silver concho's by Wage.

Steve Pulley
The Gunfitters

Modified Askins Style: Belt loop w/ trailing slot for 1 1/2" belt; 8-9oz. cowhide, hand-stitched; Border tooled top band w/ welt accent tooling; Two-tone dye; Tension adj. screw; Creased & dyed edges; Muzzle plug w/ weep hole; Molded sight track

Rod and Denise Stanger
Leatherwood Designs

Chairs: All timber and leather is hand crafted in shop, the timber is solid pine. Leather is 3.5mm Australian hide with kangaroo lacing. The leather is 600mm x 580mm, all hand carved and beveled with back grounding used around the border. colored dyes are all air-brushed and finished with brown antique.

Chuck Black

Guitar Strap: A portion of the Guitar Strap I made for Country Superstar Vince Gill.

Emil Gatev
Emil Gatev Leathercraft

Each of my creations in leather captures a piece of my soul. In my country, Bulgaria, leather carving is little known. As a member of IILG (International Internet Leathercrafters' Guild), (www.iilg.org) since 2000, I have become more specialized in leather carving and in the use of color and texture. I have taken part in many exhibitions and craft shows in Bulgara and have shown my work in several IILG international contests.

Deirdre LeBlanc
to Deirdre

North American Goshawk: The North American Goshawk is probably one of the most dramatic-looking birds we have in the U.S. This carving was done on 7 oz. vegetable tanned leather, and is fully embossed. The feathers were raised with a very sharp knife that was custom made for me. This was before I began using scalpels. All the painting is done in acrylics.

Alberto Perez

JarrÓn con Flores (Vase with flowers): This picture was embossed, sculptured and carved in a single heavy leather (9-10 oz). The plugs were made of leather. It was painted with spirits and acrylic colors and then antiqued. The frames are made of leather with a simple design. The embossed flowers are of about 1 inch of height. Dimensions: 750 x 500 mm. This piece was accepted for competition at the "Segundo Salon Nacional del Cuero", which begins October 1st in Cuba.

Ron Ross
Ross Saddlery

Mule: Mule, ready to be placed in a wood frame. After dying the leaves green, which was heavily diluted with alcohol, a wash of yellow was applied over the green. Then, a resist of Neatlac to Mule and the leaves, done with a sable brush. Then, a heavy coating of Fiebing's Medium Brown Antique was applied and rubbed off. Lastly, a coat of Fiebing's Tankote.

Steve Harris
S. H. Leathercraft Company

Cell Phone Holder: I hadn't seen a cell holder like it before, so I had to design it from scratch. The design holds the phone in, so there is no fastener. The belt and holder were tooled on 7/8 oz leather. The tooling pattern is from craftaid no. 3403 using the 1 3/4 belt pattern. The belt was lined with 4/5 oz black chap leather. Industrial Velcro was used as the fastener. The belt was machine sewn and the cell holder was hand sewn.

Verlane Desgrange

Carved Bag with Sterling Silver: Here is a small carved bag with a sterling silver ornament that would have been at home on a horse's bridle. But "horse jewelry" is equally attractive on handbags for ladies, giving a unique equestrian flavor to a traditionally carved bag. The carving is hand colored to obtain the rich aubergine tones on this fully lined bag. With the strap being removable, this bag is small enough that it could serve as a large clutch bag.

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