Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tooled Picture Mat

Okay I couldn't wait until late is my picture frame completely tooled.  Gonna dye the background a chocolate color with a hint of ey

Craftool A98 & A99

The background is done...I went with Craftool 98/99 for the more depth.....thanks to WC Leather of Standing Bear for this tip.  I used the Barry King scalloped veiner in the ends of my flower petals....not for the rest tonight....stay tuned!

Lifting the Flowers

The flowers were actually tooled before the border...sorry about the will be beveling....time to put it under glass for the night.

Hackbarth Border Stamp

Border stamping using a small border tool from Hackbarth tools in Arizona.

Swivel Knife Work

The design has been layed out on leather (4 oz) and cut with the swivel knife.  Border and stamping comes next....

Monday, July 26, 2010

Completing the Final Design

I started this design last week using the techniques taught by Jeremiah Watt of Watt Brothers Saddlery located in Coalinga California.  Unfortunately, I used a Sheridan style instead of a California design (I am still working on that issue).  Anyways, it turns out that a friend at work had a new baby girl....welcome.....this one is for you!  Follow me as I venture on.....

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sheriff of Ulcher Gulch

Here is an upclose picture of the commerative piece.  It depicts the artist well know character the "Sheriff of Ulcher Gulch." This was Mr. Shelton's signature logo that accompanied most of his leather related writings.

Presentation to Al Shelton

Here is the famous western artist AL Shelton receiving a commerative commissioned by the Longhorn Trail Leather Guild. This piece took me 2 weeks to draw the concept and carve/tool it before flying to Los Angeles, CA to present it to him personally.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Practice Piece

Here is a piece I completed as a practice for tonight's workout...still more practice to go.....not too happy with some of swivel knife cuts!  They will probably stand out much more when dyed....which may or may not happen...haven't decided yet!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tooled Business Card Case

Here is a business card case that I am tooling for someone as a gift.  I hope they like the old western type style.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New Studio Tac Book

Here is the new book I was talking about in my previous thread.  It was put together by Studio Tac Creative and released in May 2010.  For more information, write my friend Simon at

Tooled Wallet Piece

I had some time to kill last night after finishing my California style wallet, so I tooled this Sheridan style wallet by way of Japan.  It was design by Studio Tac Creative and publish in a Japanese leather carving book. 

Roper Wallet

Here is my wallet fully tooled and background dyed.  Thed darkerf spot on the left is from the nestfoot oil I rub in last night. 
This is new leather from Siegal of California.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Transferring Tooling Pattern

Here is the tracing pattern...the size is a bit bigger than the traditional roper wallet I will have to create the interior.

California Tooling Pattern

Here is a wallet that I am starting for myself....finally.  it is a nice california pattern that I found in a new Japanese leather carving book.  I can't read Japanese, but there a ton of picture.  Great book

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Clutch Purse

Here is a clutch purse that has been completed and delivered.  It was of its kind for me

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Picture Frame Gift

----Here is a gift from a new friend across the pond in Japan.....Ryu-Kun.  Stunning in person!