|Project by Thos. Angle||posted 11-12-2007 04:54 AM||3110 views||9 times favorited||40 comments|
Of course, our kitchen had to include handcarved leather panels on the doors. That’s what I do. The process is as follows; 8 oz. leather is glued to Baltic Birch panels. This prevents the leather from stretching while I carve it and provides support when in place. I use Baltic because it doesn’t have voids which would be a wreck when pounding on wet leather. The leather is glued on with Barge contact cement. Then the design process begins.
If a border line is used it is cut first. The next step is to lay out the circles with a compass. Then the flow lines are layed in with a 4H pencil. Next, come the tappers, templates of flowers, leaves and scrolls cut from leather. These are tapped onto the wet leather with a hammer. They leave an impression of the carving pattern in the leather. After the major leaves and flowers are laid in the stems stickers and stumps are drawn in on the wet leather. The steer head was drawn on paper and transfered with Mylar. The next step is to cut the lines with a swivel knife. Then comes the beveler followed by the background tool. These are small tools which are struck by a mallet to depress the leather. Then it’s cams, veiners, thumbprints, stops and mulesfeet. The last thing is the ornamental cuts with the swivel knife.
After the panel drys, I apply a coat of Neatlac and let it dry. Then I apply Feibings Sheridan Brown Antique finish. When that is wiped off and dry I top coat with Tan Coat.
The back of the panel is finished with shellac and the panel is held in place by mirror clips. these clips also allow the panel to be removed for cleaning.
-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon