Saturday, 2 November 2013

17/18th August leather working course at the Cherry Wood project Ashwicke, Nr. Bath.


The course was run by Rob Exton who has been a supporter and volunteer of the Cherry Wood project from the beginning

I have been busy making tools for the last couple of years but suffer from poor or no blade protection. Acquiring some leatherworking skills had become a priority.
This purse was the first set exercise, swiftly followed by the wet forming of this leaf shape.




After lunch we were given a carbon steel craft knife and were shown how to wet form a case to fit.
Overnight the wet leather was dried out in the pizza oven. We then finished off with some edge finishing and carnauba wax all over.




The second day was up to us; hopefully we had acquired all the skills to make most simple projects.
So once we had discussed our projects with Rob and made a template, we were given the suitable materials and off we go!
1st project was a duel carving set case. Rob had shown us how to make templates and demonstrated the rationale.







My adze case was next, closely follow by twca cam cases and a very large curved knife (got a bit carried away with that really).





Thanks Rob, great course which I can personally recommend. Thanks to Tim and family for their hospitality and accommodation. See you soon at the project week. I cannot resist saying this again – my favourite venue, without a doubt!
Check out the website – this course gets booked up very quickly and is only run twice a year.


Thanks Rob, great course which I can personally recommend. Thanks to Tim and family for their hospitality and accommodation. See you soon at the project week. I cannot resist saying this again – my favourite venue, without a doubt!
Check out the website – this course gets booked up very quickly and is only run twice a year.

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