Broaden Your Knowledge: Fundamental Western Tooling
Saturday, 05/18, 8:00am – 5:00pm, W129, Sheridan College
All skill levels welcome!
Learn the skills you need to know to stamp like a pro. This HANDS-ON class will cover the fundamental use of a multitude of stamping tools as well as the swivel knife, to achieve the look you want. Learn how to properly stamp elements like acanthus, swirls, flowers, leaves, and stems, as well as carve borders and do finish cuts. “Casing” of leather will be covered as well as maintaining temper while stamping. Keith will teach you how to interpret tooling designs, and how to choose the right tool for the look you want. He will introduce the basic principles of drawing floral tooling patterns and take some of the uncertainty out of drawing your own patterns. Students will be grouped by skill level for more tailored instruction, and more advanced students will have varied challenges and opportunities to work on their advanced skills. Keith’s daughter, Kelly Meyers, will assist in this workshop. Lunch will be provided to allow for open discussion.
Materials to Bring: Stamping tools, swivel knife, strop, mallet/maul, stylus, headlamp, and a stamping stone.
Renowned Cody, Wyoming, saddlemaker Keith Seidel has been developing his art full time for 40 years. With a significant portfolio of nationally exhibited and awarded work, the innovative designs of his saddles have made him a trendsetter in the industry. Keith specializes in creating highly decorated and heavily tooled leather goods, including saddles, belts, briefcases, gun leather, and executive accessories. Many leather workers have learned a great deal under Keith’s tutelage. He has placed first in the World Leather Debut for the tooled saddle division five times.