Workshops in Leatherwork

Foundation & Intermediate

Leather on Furniture & Panels

Foundation

Wrapping a box in leather

This introductory level course teaches the basic skills for working with leather in a non-upholstery method, applying it to three-dimensional objects such panels, drawer fronts, and chair legs. You will receive two days of hands-on instruction with an emphasis on practical techniques for leather selection, surface preparation and handling leather for surface application. Materials, tools and equipment will be defined and their importance explained. You will have the opportunity to prepare and cover a single sided and double sided panel as well as a mock-up drawer front and chair leg.

Level

Beginner

Class Size

4–5 people

Length

2 days

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.

What you will learn

  • 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
  • Recipes for adhesive
  • A bibliography
  • Basic knowledge to pursue your own independent projects

Intermediate Leather on Furniture & Panels

Intermediate

Working with leather

In this intermediate level course I teach techniques for working with leather in more complex and nuanced ways. Learn how to use this material in various design applications; techniques for working on more complicated shapes and surfaces; and skills for working on custom furniture. You will receive three days of hands-on instruction in leatherwork with an emphasis on practical techniques for addressing some of the challenges that arise when you begin to work leather onto more complex furniture, panels and case pieces.

Level

Intermediate

Class Size

4–5 people

Length

3 days

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.

What you will learn

  • 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

Prerequisite

Leather on Furniture & Panels: Foundation Workshop. Students ought to be comfortable working with small electric hand tools such as a laminate router and sharp tools such as cutting blades.

What you will leave with

  • A step-by-step understanding of how to apply various sizes of leather onto more complex objects and surfaces
  • Materials, tools, supply and resource lists
  • A bibliography
  • Advanced techniques to pursue a wider range of independent projects

Independent Study

Independent Studies in leatherwork are taught in an individual, one-on-one setting. The learning is personalized for the artist’s interests and skill set.

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