Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tanning a Deer Hide: Part 2

The other class I taught at Northwoods Community College was about tanning (tawing) my first deer hide.  I threw together the notes from the main website I used, along with links to other sources I'd found.  This was very much a "learn my mistakes along with me" class.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Classes at Northwoods Community College

I taught three classes at Northwoods Community College just over a week ago.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Leather Bead

That would be leather dye all over my hand.
Someone I know asked for SCAdians (SCA-people) to make beads for her daughter's 18th birthday.  I believe the results were strung up like Viking beads on a dress.  Knowing the daughter, I really wanted to make something for her.  My problem: I don't do anything with beads.  It's one of the few crafts I am not interested in learning (making lace and beading: I think they are really cool, but just not my aesthetic).  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Custom Knife Sheath

Here is a custom leather knife sheath I made as a prize for Grand Tournament, an SCA event last November.  The knife was made by another accomplished leatherworker and blacksmith of our Barony, who asked me to make the sheath as part of a joint prize.  

Reminder: I take custom leather commissions!  If you have an idea for a project, let me know and we'll discuss prices and design.  :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

North Woods Community College is this weekend!!!

Hey, all -

Have you ever wanted to learn cool crafts from enthusiastic people for practically no investment?  Things like leatherworking, or weaving, or all the food you can make from milk, or blacksmithing, or how to make a medieval German apron dress?  (The list of possibilities is endless.)  You should join the SCA!  The Society for Creative Anachronism is an amazing nonprofit organization that's kind of like the Renaissance Festival, but better, because you're not performing but actively participating.  Part of this participation is taking all the amazing classes that other people teach for free (sometimes with a small fee to cover materials and handouts, but that's it).

This weekend (in two days!!!!) I am teaching at one such event, called the North Woods Community College (the name is a play off of another type of event in our Kingdom, called the Royal University of the Midrealm).  I am teaching three classes there, and you should come check it out!  Even if my particular classes don't interest you, here's the class schedule so you can check out something else!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Blog Layout Updating

My blog is quite ugly at the moment, and has been for a long time (since I gave up wrestling with the templates sometime a year or two ago).  I have slowly been working towards fixing this.  

Over the past couple months, I've re-learned basic HTML and CSS through a website called Codecademy ("Code Academy").  This past week, I started learning how Blogger's XML script is written (feels like learning another entire coding language to this novice, which in a way it kind of is).  

I've already started to tweak some visual elements on the site, and this is only going to continue happening!  This blog needs a huge makeover, as I want it to be a website I'm proud to show off to people interested in my leatherworking, and to use as a resource for SCA stuff (now that I'm teaching classes and people might be interested in the information I'm offering).  My hope is that this site will look awesomely nerdy and professional in the not-so-distant future.

So if the blog layout/look starts to fluxuate wildly, you know why.  :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Leather Pyrography

I've been having fun using pyrography tools to do some leather burning lately!  Leather burning is incredible.  It feels more like painting and drawing than it does any other kind of leatherworking.  Leather tooling is a very slow process, and this is downright speedy.  That level of speed also calls for high levels of control - one bad moment with the tool tip and your piece is ruined.  Still, it's an amazing process, and I'm very excited to play around with it.