Braiding Fine Leather

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Braiding Fine Leather: Techniques of the Australian Whipmakers -- This book by D.W.Morgan is designed to help the beginning braider acquire basic skills in a straightforward manner and use these skills in simple projects. Full instructions with detailed illustrations are presented for starting either with a side or skin of leather or with pre-cut lace. With a little practice using these skills and attention to detail, the braider will be able to move on to the braiding projects in Bruce Grant's Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding with full confidence. Paperback. 148 pp.

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Braiding Fine Leather: Techniques of the Australian Whipmakers -- This book by D.W.Morgan is designed to help the beginning braider acquire basic skills in a straightforward manner and use these skills in simple projects. Full instructions with detailed illustrations are presented for starting either with a side or skin of leather or with pre-cut lace. With a little practice using these skills and attention to detail, the braider will be able to move on to the braiding projects in Bruce Grant's Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding with full confidence. Paperback. 148 pp.

Sales of books are final. No returns or exchanges allowed.

  • Table of Contents
    Preface ... ix
    Chapter 1. Background ... 3
    Technical aspects of braiding (strength, flexure, size, joins and attachments); historical aspects
    Chapter 2. Tools ... 11
    Knife, oilstone, hook, fid, needles, rolling board, cutting rest, cutting gauge, leather splitter, metal straightedge, leather shears, hole punch, pliers, notebook
    Chapter 3. Materials ... 17
    Leather, braiding soap, talcum powder, shellac, hardware, waxed thread, leather dressing
    Chapter 4. Leather ... 20
    General characteristics, kangaroo skins, calfskins or kip sides, precut lace
    Chapter 5. Cutting Lace ...24
    Overview, getting started (cutting the unusable weak and stretchy leather, cutting lace for test braids, cutting lace for projects, cutting lace from the inner uniform leather, cutting on the hook)
    Chapter 6. Preparing the Lace ... 39
    Overview, getting started (length of lace, paring, braiding soap)
    Chapter 7. Round Braiding ... 45
    Braiding overview: the patterns of round braiding (standard patterns, ring work, asymmetric patterns); mechanics of round braiding (attaching the strands to the hook, four-strand round braid without a core, stopping and restarting braiding, four-strand round braid over a core, eight-strand four-seam round braid over a core, disordered braid, untangling long strands, round braiding in other [even] numbers of strands, braiding in single diamond, width of strands); leather cores for round braids (rolling round braids)
    Chapter 8. Flat Braiding ... 76
    Patterns of flat braids; mechanics of flat braiding (flat braiding in four strands, flat braiding in six strands, flat braiding in eight or more strands); points to watch regarding flat braiding (evenness of the braiding, paring lace for flat work, lubrication, rolling flat braids)
    Chapter 9. Getting Started on Projects ... 86
    Chapter 10. Project 1: Key Lanyard, Four-Strand Round Braid ... 89
    Chapter 11. Project 2: Whistle Lanyard, Four-Strand Round Braid 97
    Chapter 12. Project 3: Key Lanyard, Six-Strand Round Braid, Solid Yoke or Braided Yoke ... 107
    Chapter 13. Project 4: Dog Lead, Eight-Strand Round Braid ... 120
    Chapter 14. Project 5: Hatband, Four-Strand Flat Braid ... 131
    Chapter 15. Project 6: Hatband, Ten-Strand Flat Braid ... 135
    Chapter 16. Project 7: Belt, Twelve-Strand Flat Braid ... 140
    References and Resources ... 148
  • David W. Morgan

    David W. Morgan, author of Whips and Whipmaking, Braiding Fine Leather, and Whips of the West, became interested in the subject of whips and leathercraft during a trip to Australia in the early 1960s. At that time whipmaking was an active trade there and he was able to meet a number of whip makers such as Burt Hill, Tom Hill, and W. Millowick, studying their craft in person and later through correspondence.

    On returning to the U.S. he and his wife Dorothy began Austral Enterprises, importing braided leather goods from Australia. The name of the company was changed to David Morgan to reflect the broader range of items offered as the business grew, but kangaroo hide whips were still featured.

    In 1976 the US government banned the importation of kangaroo so David turned to supplying the demand for whips in the US by making his own in calf skin. By the time the ban was lifted there were far fewer whipmakers active and he thought to write the book Whips and Whipmaking to better document the craft.

    In 1981 the first Indiana Jones movie was released featuring one of David's whips, and that movie, with the others following in the series, along with the readier dissemination of information over the internet, have helped fuel a resurgance in whip making. Throughout his study and practice at whipmaking David has shared his knowledge generously by letter, telephone and in person as well as by writing the three books to date on the topic, enabled by others who likewise shared their knowledge and many examples of leather craft from all around the world.

    For more information about David W. Morgan and behind-the-scene peeks at our company, please visit our company blog at davidmorgan.biz.

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