Leather Tool Sheath Course

18. May 2016 Leather 0
Leather Tool Sheath Course

Last weekend I had the pleasure of running a tool sheath making course in the beautiful woodlands of South Cumbria. Why outside and why in the woods?

Leather course in the woods
Leather course in the woods

The course was hosted by the Coppice Association North West as a collection of coppicing-related subjects, called Weekend in the Woods.

My students made sheaths for their billhooks, axes, adzes, knives and chisels. Very productive and great fun.

Hard at work on the leather course
Hard at work on the leather course
Emma cutting out her billhook sheath
Emma cutting out her billhook sheath
Alan oiling his axe sheath
Alan oiling his axe sheath
A happy Dave brandishing his axe sheath
A happy Dave and his axe sheath

 

 

Dave's two axes and an adze.
Dave’s two axes and an adze.
Marking the position for rivets.
Marking the position for rivets.
Using the hole punch.
Using the hole punch.
Getting to grips with the stitching clam and stitching with two needles.
Getting to grips with the stitching clam and stitching with two needles.
Using the awl to make each hole for stitching.
Using the awl to make each hole for stitching.
Emma's billhook and fishing knife.
Emma’s billhook and fishing knife.
Sarah's chisel roll.
Sarah’s chisel roll.

 

A mad Dave with Jon!
Happy course participants, I think.

The other courses were:

Willow sculptures
Willow sculptures
Drystone walling
Drystone walling
Spoon carving
Spoon carving
Pit sawing
Pit sawing
Stick chairs
Stick chairs
Longbow making
Longbow making