Tips for a beginner?
- Well I got my Tandy Starter Kit in the mail last week and have done
my first carving on the "practice" piece they send you, and although
I'm not horribly dissapointed in the results, it definately is
nowhere close to the pictured example, and I was wondering if I can
get some tips to improve on the next round...
My main problem seems to be that I can't get any depth into the
design - which I think may partially be due to not wetting it
correctly - no matter how hard I pounded those tools I didn't get
much of an impression out of them - but also is this 4mm thick stuff
the same leather they are showing tooled in the examples? I just
don't see how that kind of dept can be achieved with this leather.
Thanks for any tips you can provide,
- I've been there, Steve. I had completed the projects in the deluxe starter
kit and had moved on the Al Stohlman Home Study Course. In between lessons I
was doing the necessary practice with my swivel knife. I had obtained scrap
leather from a local saddle shop to use. There was a major difference in the
ease of cutting their leather and some of the leather in the Tandy projects.
I talked with the Tandy manager and she offered a couple of guesses.....some
of the project kits sit on the shelf for a while (one kit I got was so old
the rubber band holding the lace bundled was almost completely dissolved) and
the leather looses some of it's oils.....the other guess was that Tandy was
buying a good bit of South American leather which was notorious for doing a
poor job of putting the fats/oils back into the hide after tanning was
complete. Now this all presupposes that your swivel knife is properly
sharpened, you have make your cuts about half the thickness of the leather
and the leather is properly cased. The Tandy manager suggested that I put a
cap full of Lexol conditioner in a quart of water to use as my casing water.
This approximates a product known as Carve Eze (sp?). Hope this helps.