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11793RE: [medieval-leather] Looking for Leather Carving Examples

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  • bigfooted rockmidget
    Jan 13, 2012
      I'm more into late medieval leather working but I just remembered that there is the 'Mappae Clavicula', which is a latin manuscript with parts written between the 8th and the 12th century, with some parts known to be copies of even older manuscripts. It has some recipes for dyeing leather red and green and I think purple as well.

      The latin version in online in archive, I don't know of an english online version.

      For tooled leather from Norway I only have the book with the finds from Bergen describing knife scabbards from the 12th-14th century.
      Some early tools can be found in the York manuscripts, but I think they are not all in the 'leather and leatherworking' book.

      Have fun!

      To: medieval-leather@yahoogroups.com
      From: Fuersty@...
      Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:36:03 -0500
      Subject: [medieval-leather] Looking for Leather Carving Examples


      First off I just want to thank everyone that contributes on this list and with every set of posts I learn something new. I've been doing leather carving as a hobby for 30+ years, but most of what I know are modern techniques so this list has been very educational.

      Now the reason for my post today is that I've been asked to teach a class on early period leather carving, meaning 10th century and earlier. The class will be a combination of historical information along with some hands-on leather carving. Now I've seen a few examples in books, but have very little knowledge in this area. I'm hoping that a few of you might be able to point me to some good reference materials or have specific knowledge that may be helpful.

      I'm looking for Web links or Book references on:

      - Leather Dyes and what they were made from

      - Pictures of tooled leather (especially if it would be Norse related)

      - Pictures of the actual tools/punches that may have been used

      Any information would be greatly appreciated, thanks,


      fuersty (at) AOL (dot) com

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