Popeye – Portraiture Tooling in 3-D: click to enlarge

Popeye – Portraiture Tooling in 3-D


Popeye – Portraiture Tooling in 3-D

Michael Dale

Friday, 19. October, 2018 - ROZET, Kortestraat 16, Arnhem

09.00 - 17.00, (9am - 5 pm)

Skill Level: All Skill Levels Welcome!

Course description: Portraiture is one of the most difficult aspects of leather tooling. Mike will teach you how to carve facial features in 3-D, using the iconic figure of Popeye. Mike will explain how to approach difficult areas such as noses, eyes and lips in a clear, methodical way that eliminates guesswork and provides recognizable results.

In addition to learning Mike’s techniques for basic tooling and standard facial carving, he will explain how to apply the techniques to other images and how to properly manipulate images digitally to get the best results in leather. Mike will also discuss tool choice and explain how to transfer images to leather for the best results while carving. 

Mike will also demonstrate his process of embossing leather and how to apply it to your carving without distorting the image and how to support the image from behind using a hybrid plug system.

Students should leave with a fully tooled and embossed facial portrait and the skills to apply the techniques at home by the end of the day. Some materials donated by Hermann Oak Leather Company and Renia GmbH.

Student Should Bring: Figure bevelers (large, medium and small), steep bevelers (checkered and smooth, small and medium), matting tools of your choice, background tools of your choice, a variety of seeders (optional), steep figure bevelers (smooth), cutting board and stamping stone (see page 4 for traveling board/stone combo). Optional but highly recommended: Swivel knife with low angle blade (preferred), mallet or maul, sharp knives (round knife, trim knife), modeling spoon, modeling ball, Pro petal lifter, pencil/stylus, tooling stone, cutting surface, strop, spray bottle for water, glass slicker (optional).

Micheal Dale is an American expat living in Rhodes, Greece.  After a 20 year career in law enforcement, a significant portion of which was spent as an instructor, Mike found a passion for leatherwork.  Combining leatherwork and education was only natural, and in 2014, Mike founded www.learnleather.com. His mission is to bring quality, affordable leatherwork classes to everyone who wants them, on demand. And drink good coffee.

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.