Basic Leather Craft at COSDEF Arts and Crafts Centre Namibia

Basic Leather Craft at COSDEF Arts and Crafts Centre Namibia

What is Basic Leather Craft?

Leather crafting or simply leathercraft is the practice of making leather into craft objects or works of art, using shaping techniques, coloring techniques or both.


There are a number of basic skills in leather working that most projects require, some of these include: saddle stitching, cutting, and edge finishing. Then there are more advanced skills that not all projects need to complete and have more to do with refining a project or larger projects in general.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the examples of leather craft?

Leather workers often make practical things like belts, bags, shoes and book covers, as well as saddles and other horse tackle, or more artistic items such as jewellery. Leather is a hard-wearing, durable, long-lasting material.

What type of leather is used to make handbags?

Originating from cow skin, there are several products constructed of cowhide leather, including furniture, car seats, and luxury fashion items. When purchasing a leather handbag, cowhide leather is considered to be the highest quality material available.

How do you become a leather craftsman?

If you plan to pursue leather working as a career, you can either apprentice with a person who is an advanced leather worker or attend a vocational program to learn the skills you need to get certified in the craft, although some jobs do not require any formal instruction in the craft.

Is leather a material?

Leather is a strong, flexible and durable material obtained from the tanning, or chemical treatment, of animal skins and hides to prevent decay. The most common leathers come from cattle, sheep, goats, equine animals, buffalo, pigs and hogs, and aquatic animals such as seals and alligators.

How hard is it to learn leatherworking?

It is relatively easy to get started leatherworking. Setup costs are low and the basic skills are easily translatable to many different projects. You can easily make a simple wallet in just a few hours, or spend weeks on a more complicated project.

How do you become a leather designer?

You can take up a BDes course of four year duration with specialisation in Leather design / Leather goods and accessory design offered by institutes in India (NIFT/ FDDI).

How do I become a leather worker?

Leatherworkers can sometimes even be seen utilizing their job blocks in-game. Placing a cauldron next to an unemployed villager will transform it into a leatherworker. Conversely, breaking a villager’s job block will eliminate their profession.

What is the name for a leather worker?

codder, leather worker or saddler. cordwainer leather worker or shoemaker. cordwainery, shoemaker’s work.

What is the strongest type of leather?

Full-grain leather is the strongest and most durable leather. Additionally, since the grain is so tight, it resists moisture very well. Over time, full-grain leather will look nicer and nicer and develop a patina from being handled. The next best—and second strongest—leather is called “top-grain” leather.

What thickness leather is best for wallets?

A leather wallet should generally be made from a leather about 1/32” thick (2oz leather weight, 0.8mm). Based on preference, one could use slightly thicker 3oz leather (3/64”, 1.2mm). Thinner, 1oz leather is also an option (1/64′, 0.4mm).

What is the best leather?

Among real leathers, full grain leather is by far the best in terms of quality. Unlike the other grains, full grain has not been separated from the top grain or split layers, and is therefore the strongest and most dependable type of leather.

What is the best leather for carving?

Best for carving is thick, fine grained, Vegetable-tanned leather without binder-based finish. Such leather has the necessary stability for processing and displays the motifs much better. The motifs are applied with a hammer firmly on the leather. Such leather is usually moistened with a sponge or cloth beforehand.

What leather is best for tooling?

If you’re looking for leather that is best for tooling, carving or forming, Veg-tan is your man. Most western tack (saddles, bridles, reins, harnesses, etc…) is crafted with vegetable tanned leather, but that’s not all it’s used for.

How many types of leather are there?

In general, there are four types of leather. These include Full Grain Leather, Top Grain Leather, Corrected Grain Leather, and Bonded Leather. Take a look at the picture below. See how the fibers run both horizontally and vertically in different parts of the hide.

How long should a leather purse last?

When properly cared for, genuine leather can last for years. Many premium leather crafters even guarantee their work to last for decades, even up to 100 years. This is because genuine leather is simply built to last thanks to natural durability.