Introducing 1Well at long last I have this in print and available here at Red Ox Brand Tools.  I’m pretty excited about this new book.  It comes with several patterns to use with the techniques and concepts that are covered in depth throughout the book.  It contains 220 illustrations, and presents a unique insight into the art of ornamental tooling in leather.

Please check it out here.  https://redoxbrand.sagecreeksaddles.com/product/6467/

Upcoming Pendleton Show

The Pendleton Leather Show is right around the corner.  I’m excited about the classes I have on offer this year.  I’ve tweaked a few things and I think the classes will be fresh and better than ever.

We will be hand stitching with European style pricking irons and expanding our hand stitching to include box stitching.  As always, my extensive handouts will be included with each workshop.

Visit Pendleton Leather Show to sign up for classes

You can see full descriptions of the classes here on the new Class Information and Tool List page.  This page includes two illustrated tool lists for a solid start to your tool kits, including a source for the tools discussed in my new book.

I’ll also have the new book Harmony and Life in Leather available at the show.

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Filling a Boot Top Layout

Filling In a Boot Top Layout

A few days ago my good friend requested some assistance with a layout for a pair of boots he is making.  I made this little slideshow to illustrate how a layout can be filled by placing the main structures along the flow (or skeletal) lines, and then filling with the simple leaves descending from the flowers flowing back to the origin.

If you open this slideshow and advance frame by frame you will see it as a time lapse animation.

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Excerpts from My Book

I prepared a preview of several pages from within my book “Drawing Floral Patterns for Leather Tooling.”  Please leave a comment, or email if you have questions.  The book can be purchased at my store on this site.  Be sure to register so you can be notified of future posts.  Thanks for checking in, and please enjoy!