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Bob Park: Western Floral Tooling


Bob Park: Western Floral Tooling

Bob Park

Thursday, 18. October, 2018 - ROZET, Kortestraat 16, Arnhem

09.00-17.00, (9 am - 5 pm)

Skill Level: All Skill Levels Welcome!

Course Description: While there is a lot of reference material on how to learn the basics of floral tooling, there is very little designed to help take it to the next level. This workshop is designed to do just that. In general, topics will include casing the leather, carving solutions, swivel knife and stamping tool selection. I will talk about a variety of the techniques that I employ on my own projects which are not commonly found in much of the existing instructional literature, such as creating texture and highlights in consideration of the final finishes to be used. And with the aid of close-up cameras and a large screen,  each student will have the opportunity to observe these techniques, first-hand. Discussion will also include the importance of the cutting sequence as well as when not to cut, tooling sequences, petal lifting and undercutting, back-beveling and the use of modeling tools. The class will have an opportunity in the afternoon session to apply these techniques on a practice floral tooling pattern. As this is not a project, there will be no emphasis or pressure to complete the practice patterns. My Focus will be strictly on evaluating each student’s skill level and tailoring comments to help them improve. Time permitting, there will be an open question & answer session at the end of the workshop where Bob will gladly answer questions regarding any subject which may interest the class. Registrants/students will receive a tool list via email prior to the workshop.Leather donated by Hermann Oak Leather Company.

Student Should Bring: Stamping tools, stamping surface, swivel knife, strop, maul/mallet of choice, tracing stylus, small sponge or water spray bottle, note pad & pencil, camera. Bobby’s book, Creating Western Floral Designs, will be for sale during class.

Bob Park

Bobby has developed a unique carving style in the western tradition, earning numerous awards at national shows and exhibitions. In 2015, he received the Al Stohlman Award for Achievement in Leathercraft. In addition to his  leatherwork, Bobby is the author of Creating Western Floral Designs, a highly acclaimed instruction on creating western tooling patterns, which is distributed in over 40 countries.  He is also a regular contributor to the Leather Crafters and Saddlers Journal. Bobby also produces a variety of innovative products designed to improve and enhance leather working for novices and professionals, alike. Be sure to stop by his booth at the trade show!

Cancellation Policy

• There is a $25 administration fee for cancelling a workshop.
  (The cost of the workshop will be refunded minus the $25 fee.)
• No refunds after FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018.