Independent Studies in Leatherwork

Foundation & Intermediate

Independent Study for leather work is taught in an individual setting, one-on-one, where learning is personalized for the artist’s interests and skill set.

It is a flexible program that offers the student a unique opportunity to step into a working shop and study by the side of someone recognized as a leader in the field. Together we develop a scope of study based on the student’s desires and technical skills. Each independent study is personalized. One student may want to create an intensive three-day study, another may want to work with me over the course of a few weeks. The scope of study will define our calendar.

Furniture & Panels

Foundation

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Foundation Independent Study in Leatherwork provides a solid introduction for working with leather on three dimensional objects. Learn the basics of applying leather to three-dimensional objects such panels, drawer fronts, and chair legs.

Who it’s for

Furniture makers; mill workers; panel makers; conservators; restorers; leather artisans looking to expand their skills; sculptors and artists who want to add this material into their work.

Length of Study

3–5 days

What you will learn

While independent studies vary from student to student — depending upon the length of time and their ability to grasp the technique — here are some of the things a foundation level course in leatherwork might cover:

  • How to identify, select and use various types of leather including best practices for sourcing hides
  • Practical considerations for selecting and applying individual pieces
  • The definition and importance of various materials, tools and equipment
  • Surface preparation and options for selecting and using adhesives
  • Techniques for working with thinner skins such as goat and lamb
  • How to prepare and cover panels, a mock-up drawer front and chair leg

What you will leave with

  • Materials, tools, supply and resource lists
  • A bibliography
  • Basic knowledge to pursue your own independent projects

Prerequisites

No leather experience is necessary but students ought to be comfortable working with small electric hand tools such as a laminate router and sharp tools such as cutting blades.

Intermediate Furniture & Panels

Intermediate

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This is an opportunity to practice more nuanced techniques in leather work and to develop your understanding of how to use this material in various design applications. You will learn techniques for working on more complicated shapes and surfaces and gain skills for working on custom furniture.

Who it’s for

Furniture makers; mill workers; panel makers; conservators; restorers; leather artisans looking to expand their skills; sculptors and artists who want to add this material into their work.

Length of Study

3–10 days

What you will learn

While intermediate studies in leatherwork vary from student to student — depending upon their previous experience with this material — here are some of the things I teach at the intermediate level:

  • Options for creating seams when working with multiple cuts of skin
  • Working leather around hinge mortises, grommet cut outs and pre-drilled screw holes
  • Techniques for covering a panel with rounded corners
  • How to leather to more complex shapes such as notches and cylinders
  • Practical ways to apply leather to metal surfaces
  • How to work with ultrasuede and other microfiber technologies

What you will leave with

  • Materials, tools, supply and resource lists
  • A bibliography
  • Advanced techniques to pursue a wider range of independent project.

Workshops

I teach one foundation level workshop in leatherwork and one intermediate level workshop.

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