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Leathercrafting Books

Books are an excellent way to start your journey of leather work. I have a hand picked selection here for you to choose from.

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- Introduction to leatherworking free ebook-

The Leatherworking Handbook

The Leatherworking Handbook: A Practical Illustrated Sourcebook of Techniques and Projects

Michael's guide covers basic leatherworking techniques, describes the scientific makeup of an animal skin, explains the tanning process, and depicts an efficient workshop setup. In addition, Michael specifies tools and equipment and lists the materials necessary to sew, dye, glue, and finish each project. Line drawings combined with photographs effectively illustrate methods used to create a variety of boxes, belts, purses, wallets, briefcases, and molded decorative masks. And Michael's step-by-step instructions are concise enough to offer craft enthusiasts of differing skill levels a range of projects to undertake. Color plates depict finished pieces, and sources of supplies are noted. Alice Joyce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title


Note from Will: The book above comes with a 5 star recommendation from Paul who wrote our ebook on leatherworking. He says: "It is the ideal book for anyone to continue in the craft. Defintely five star."


Basic Leathercrafting

Basic Leathercrafting: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started

  • Step-by-step instructions and photos illustrate basic leathercrafting techniques: choosing leather, stamping and decorating, stitching and lacing, and finishing
  • Projects in both traditional and contemporary styles
  • Detailed how-to information teaches what you need to learn to get started in this fun and popular craft


The Art of Hand Sewing Leather

The Art of Hand Sewing Leather

Stiching techniques with valuable information on tools and materials needed to get started.

How to Make Holsters

How to Make Holsters -

With full size tracing patterns and illustrations.


The Art of Making Leather Cases

The Art of Making Leather Cases, Vol. 1 -

Make small cases for knives cameras, and more


How to Carve Leather

How to Carve Leather -

Shows and explains figure and western floral carving (including lots of animals). Features over 60 patterns for billfords, belts, amd more.


Leather Braiding

Leather Braiding -

Leather Braiding has stood for more than forty years as the definitive book in its field. Grant's clearly written guide to the art of leather braiding contains detailed illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and a wealth of incidental, fascinating information. It makes accessible, to even the novice, serviceable and recreational uses of leather, from the simple but clever braided button to the elaborate results of thong applique. A basic book.



An Introduction to Leathercraft by Paul Hughes


An Introduction to Leathercraft by Paul Hughes

Paul is a frequent contributor to Stormthecastle.com and he does amazing work.

He has written a 28 page manual on leathercrafting. It is available to you for free right here.

Just beginning out in leather work and want to know more? If you have never done leather work and are looking for a step by step instruction manual this is the one for you! It has exercises that take you through the tools and basic skills needed to turn leather into anything you want. It is a pdf and you can download it right here: An Introduction to Leathercraft



A note from Will: Paul H. Put a lot of time into the Introduction to leathercraft ebook. And he offered it to me and you totally free. Why don't you send him an email and let him know what you think of it? His email is here:




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