Bob Park’s Western Floral Tooling
Wednesday, 05/15, 9:00am – 5:00pm, Chaparral, Holiday Inn
Intermediate and Advanced
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 leather, carving solutions, swivel knife and stamping tool selection. Bobby will talk about a variety of the techniques that he employs on his own projects which are not commonly found in existing instructional literature. And with the aid of close-up cameras and a large screen TV, each student will have the opportunity to observe these techniques, first hand. Discussion will also include the importance of the cutting sequence, when not to cut, tooling sequences, undercutting, petal lifting, 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. This is not a project class and there will be no pressure to complete the practice patterns. The 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 Q&A session at the end of the workshop where Bobby will gladly answer questions regarding any subject which may interest the class.
Materials to Bring: Stamping tools (a full tool list will be emailed to each student upon registration), stamping surface, swivel knife, strop, maul/mallet of choice, tracing stylus, small sponge or water spray bottle, notepad, pencil and camera. Bobby’s contact info: 602-999-3099; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bobby is a leathersmith specializing in western floral tooling. He has won numerous awards at national shows and exhibitions. In 2015, he was awarded the Al Stohlman Award for Achievement in Leathercraft. In addition to his leatherwork, Bobby is the author of Creating Western Floral Designs. He is also a continuing contributor to the Leather Crafters and Saddlers Journal trade magazine. 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!