Leather carving

I have been practising leather carving for some time I am not sure I have improved that much but I enjoy it.

Having acquired some suitable leather I decided to have a go my original plan was to make a pair of carvings and turn them in to boxes. I got caught up in the box making process and the result can be seen in the NASA box thread. Incidentally that box now lives on a desk in NASA cool eh !

The process is quite simple a special knife is used to cut part of the way through the leather. Which is soaked in water before hand.

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This is the starting point logos printed off and leather soaked I used a modelling tool to trace through the paper on to the leather, I placed a plastic sheet in between to stop the paper getting wet.

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The traced image does not show on a picture

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This is an in progress shot more advanced carvers can use shading and bevelling tools to really make the design stand out. I am not at that level yet.

Drying process I left them to dry for a few days lying flat there was not as much shrinkage as I had expected.

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I have previously made a mouse pad for my son so decided to do the same with this carving.

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I made an oak frame around a piece of oak faced plywood which I then veneered with some very nice walnut burr veneer.

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Not being adventurous with colours I decided to dye the leather black

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The first finished carving I think I will be offering these for sale at some point.

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