Leather crafting is basically the art of shaping and coloring leather to make objects out of it. There is both an art and a science behind leather crafting as it needs artistic imagination and scientific precision to achieve the desired form or shape of the object. Leather has been used for centuries to make objects, as it is a highly durable and tough material with the ability to retain its original texture and structure for a long time without any signs of aging or discoloration.
It is possible to make a range of items like clothing, shoes as well as accessories like belts, bracelets and even home furniture and art deco. Some people even use leather crafting to design gun upholsters and horse saddles.
Leather comes in many varieties and the choice of leather depends very much on the object intended to be crafted out of the leather. Leather crafting also needs a basic understanding of the techniques used as well as the basic art and craft tools needed for working with leather. It is possible to fashion almost any kind of design on leather, all that is needed is a bit of imagination, the right set of tools and you can design your very own masterpiece at home. In case you need guidance there are plenty of leather pattern books as well as guide books on working with leather easily available, both online and in stores.
When it comes to leather art and craft tools, there is no one right size that fits all. Tools are available in various sizes to suit different hand sizes and it is best to choose a size that fits well personally. Another important thing to remember when buying a leather art and craft tool is that quality and durability of the tool is extremely important since leather is a tougher material to work with than most other craft materials. Quality leather tools like the ones from Woodruff Industries are ergonomically designed for better handgrip and lesser strain on the hand. Choosing the right tools can make all the difference between enjoying leather crafting or alternatively a happy pastime becoming a chore.