Motorcycle Seat Bobber Style, Miniature: click to enlarge

Motorcycle Seat Bobber Style, Miniature


Motorcycle Seat Bobber Style, Miniature

Armin Dobstetter

Friday, 19. October, 9.00 - 17.00, (9 am - 5 pm) plus
Saturday, 20. October, 09.00 - 13.00, (9 am - 1 pm)

ROZET, Kortestraat 16, Arnhem

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Course description: In this workshop, you will build up a miniature motorcycle seat in the Bobber Style. First, Armin will show you how to build the base plate, add the foam and make the seat waterproof. This is followed by cutting leather for the top and the bottom, tracing the design onto the seat, and carving and stamping the design. Then, the top leather will be formed on the seat and glued in place, and the edges will be pressed, cut and rounded, then prepared for sewing. Armin will show you his methods for rounding, slicking and finishing the edges.

While the seat is drying, you will carve the background leather on which the seat will be mounted. You’ll finish by adding color and mounting the seat onto the background leather. (It is possible to enlarge these patterns to build up a life-sized motorcycle seat.) 

Stitchers for this workshop provided by Leather Machine Company.

Student Should Bring: Maul/mallet, round or utility knife, swivel knife  with 3/8” (10mm) blade, strop, sponge, water bowl, ruler, modeling spoons, small pointed divider, round edge slicker, piece of Cordura or canvas, tracing stylus (or good ball pen), edgers no. 3 & 4, paper towels, artist’s palette, good pointed brushes, fine + rough sandpaper, smooth bevelers (B935, B203, B200), steep beveler (if available), matting tools (E386, M881, M882, M884), undercut beveler B60, figure carving tools (F895 & F896), pear shader P208, 3-D stamp 8671 or 8693 (if available), bone folder, cutting board and stamping stone (see page 4 for traveling board/stone combo).

Armin Dobstetter started leatherwork during his 14 years at a local reenactment American Indian Club. With his first Harley-Davidson in 1980, he started to create useful things for his bike, then for the bikes of friends. In 1990, he started his business and today he is one of best leather artists in Europe for seats, saddlebags and various motorcycle gear, working not only on leather with his own designs, but also creating base plates and doing the upholstery. Check out his website at Armin speaks German and English.

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.