leathercraftLeather is one of our oldest natural resources. Early humans might not have survived the harsh realities of their environment without the protection of leather clothing and goods. Today you can create beautiful and useful articles from leather. As a beginner, learn about six basic leatherworking tools, how to prepare leather for tooling, transferring designs, edging and finishing, and protective finishes. Intermediate learners will use additional tools and stamps, and find out how to use a swivel knife, and about lacing. Advanced learners will dye leather, carve figures, filigree, and use advanced lacing techniques.

Project Requirements

Some counties may have additional requirements. Contact your 4-H leader or county extension office to learn more.

Member Materials
  • Leathercraft Record Book Supplement | pdf |
  • ABC’s of Leathercraft*
  • Leather Crafting*
  • 4-H Project Record Book | docpdf
  • 4-H Involvement Report | docpdf |

Optional supporting materials for the advanced project
  • Figure Carving, by Al Stohlman 
  • How to Carve, by Al Stohlman 
  • Lacing and Stitching for Leathercrafters, by Al Stohlman 
  • How to Buckstitch, by Al Stohlman 
  • Leatherwork Manual* 
  • Adventures in Leather Instructor's Manual* 
  • Leathercraft Videos* 
  • Basic Leathercraft* 
  • Leather Carving and Figure Carving* 
  • Leather Stamping for Fun and Profit* 
  • Coloring and Finishing* 

*Available through your county extension office.