Introduction to Leather is designed as an adjunct to Bookbinding 3. The workshop is a comprehensive introduction to the different types of leather and explores a variety of paring techniques used in bookbinding.

The Introduction to Leather module which consists of 3 hours of video in MP4 format and a manual. The materials will be provided for download from the Thinkific platform.


- Animal skins

- Fibre structure of skins

- Leather layers after tannage

- Differences in skins
- Hair pattern
- Breed of animal
- Size of the animal
- Age of the animal
- Feeding and living conditions
- Gender

- Objectives in tanning

- Steps in the tanning process:
- Vegetable tanning
- Chrome tanning
- Combination tanning
- Semi-aluminum

- Tawing

- Vellum
- Process of preparation

- Parts of the skin

- Cutting position on the skin

- Paring

- Goals in paring
- Steps in paring
- Paring surfaces
- Paring knives
- Sharpening
- Paring techniques

- Adaptation of the spokeshave

- How to Use a spokeshave

- Paring machines

- Pasting-up leather
- Pasting technique

- Mitred corner

- Lining the spine with leather


The Home Study Independent Stream workshops are not eligible as prerequisites for in-studio workshops nor towards a CBBAG Certificate of Completion.

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