Basic Leather Carving
Key LW Techniques
How to Cut Leather
leather out on a flat work surface.
Protect the surface with a rubber
mat made especially for leather
working. This mat will also help
protect your tools from being
blunted or damaged by contact with
pencil and a ruler or yardstick to
make the cutting line along the
leather's surface. Make very light
pencil marks that don't score the
French curve or other rounded edge
to trace a curved line.
straightedge, such as a metal ruler,
along the drawn line. A thick
straightedge provides stability for
the cutting blade.
tip of a razor knife along the
straightedge, cutting into the
leather as you go. Keep the blade
pushed against the straightedge as
you cut into the leather.
as deep as you can while still being
able to control the blade. Take as
many cutting passes as necessary to
cut through the leather.
curved lines in the same manner. If
you draw your curve freehand,
position your razor so it's
perpendicular to the leather's
surface. Make several light passes
with the razor along the drawn line
until the leather is cut.
leather shears to cut suede and