How to punch holes (Tutorial)

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Beaver News #57 – August 14, 2017


You dream it ….. we make it.

Can you believe it, it’s already the middle of August, where did the year go?

Today we show you a tutorial on how to punch holes into leather the right way.

You might be saying to yourself “I don’t do leather work, why would I need to know this?”

Well, we create these videos also to show that our products are really all hand made. We take great pride in our workmanship and we like to show you a little bit of behind the scene. Maybe you appreciate your product just a little more because of it. 🙂

Ok, let’s get to it:

First Step, Mark imprints a stitching line and then he uses the stitching wheel that makes marks in the leather where the holes need to be punched.

If you don’t have a stitching wheel he shows you another way on how to make these indications into the leather.

As a second Step Mark shows you how to punch the holes and especially how to do it the right way.

 

Mark carving the Grizz – part 2

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Beaver News #51 – April 24, 2017

This is part 2 of our behind-the-scenes video that gives you a glimpse into how Mark carves the Grizzly that is featured on our Mare’s Leg Rig “Grizz“.

If you missed part 1, watch it here. You’ll get to see how Mark does all the basics, the carving, the pressing and the relief and bringing the animal out by accenting the edges, like a 3D effect.

Now in part 2 you’ll see him work on the hair. It’s a long process, as Mark mentiones, Grizzlies are quite hairy fellas :-). The longer he works on it the more you’ll see the Grizzly really coming to life, at one point it even seems to attack you through the screen….

The next step is dying and don’t you startle at first when you see him applying the dye all over this beautiful carving? But then, all cleaned up and waxed, you’ll see how amazing it looks and at the end of the video you’ll see the hole rig all put together.

Click ont he image below to watch this majestic animal come to life.

Mark carving the Grizz – part 1

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Beaver News #50 – April 10, 2017

This is a behind-the-scenes video that gives you a glimpse into how Mark carves the Grizzly that is featured on our Mare’s Leg Rig “Grizz“. It’s a two part series and this is part 1.

We jump in right after Mark has traced the outlines onto the leather and used the swivel knife to cut the outline out. Now he shows you how he does the carving, the pressing and the relief, this is still all the basics, as you will see.

Then he is bringing the carving out by accenting the edges, like a 3D effect. For that he uses a stamping tool, and the object is to using pressure, pushing down and smoothing it out at the same time, but the leather has to have just the right dampness for that.

When he makes the hair, and highlights the hair, the carving is going to stand out like the animal is charging you with the hair all up in hackles.

Every one of our carvings, even though there are similarities, is unique, just like every animal or every person is unique. There is not two that are identical.

 

Tutorial: How to cut out a corner

Beaver News #40 – October 17, 2016

In this week’s Video, we are talking about how to cut out a corner when doing leather work – not to confuse with How to cut a corner when doing leather work 😉

This tutorial will even be valuable to you if you are not doing leather work yourself but you are (or might be in the future) a customer that wants to buy an item hand made from leather. After watching this video you know what to look for to see if the artist knows his craft and went the extra mile to ensure he produces a beautiful and high-quality item.

If you are doing leather work yourself you might have struggled with this task in the past and have ended up with that unwanted cut that Mark shows at 2:55. Then you probably tried to fix it but ended up messing it up even more. Let Mark show you this simple trick so in the future cutting out a corner will not be any trouble at all.

Watch the video by clicking here or on the image below.

Other How-to Videos :

7 Essential Tools to start Leather Work – Part 3

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Beaver News #21 – September 28, 2015

There is a large number of tools out there but not all are essential to start doing Leather Work.

In Part 1 we talked about Awls and Cutting Tools, 
In Part 2 video we covered Pliers and Mallets

In this last Part (Part 3) Mark talks about

  • Needles, Thread and Beeswax
  • Rotary Punch
  • Ruler

 

7 Essential Tools to start Leather Work – Part 1

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Beaver News #19 – August 31, 2015

New Video: “7 Essential Tools to start Leather Work?”

This little video series is by request. There is a large number of tools out there but not all are essential to start doing Leather Work. In this part 1 video we share two out of the seven

Awls and Cutting Tools.