Posted Jul 26th 2010 by

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An interview with
Imperial Wolf Leatherwords by , July 2010

If you’ve been following the recent action over at The Renmen Project, you’ll know that Imperial Wolf Leather (AKA Seth Daniels) has donated a one-of-a-kind leather chequebook / clutch purse for auction. The tan leather piece has been beautifully inscribed with a heart motif and the phrase “All you need… is love” which was famously coined by the Beatles. We were intrigued by the engraving / embossing technique so we caught up with Seth to ask him how he sets about creating a piece of unique leather art!

The process begins by lightly transferring the image to the leather then using a “swivel knife” to cut the thick outline necessary to tool the image (picture 1).

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Then with many, many different tools (pics 2 and 3) and the help of my trusty mallet (pic 4) the image is brought to life with texture and relief (pic 5).

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Time to stain! “Antique paste” is applied by hand and rubbed into all cuts and impressions to highlight the carving and bring out all the shading (pic 6).

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Seal it up with a nice, shiny lacquer finish, sew everything together (if necessary) and… voila! A beautiful leather work of art! (pic 7)

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If you’d like to own a truly rare piece of art and raise money for charity, you can bid on the Renmen special charity auction for the purse

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POSTED BY Jon

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  • cool .. really insightful in to how its made !!
    i thought it was laser etched or something ..
    but all handmade .. exceptional skills !!

  • Soggymoose

    I love the leaf at the end , really nice.

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