Sheridan College – W 203B
Thursday 05/18 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Intermediate and Advanced
Workshop Description: This floral carving workshop is designed for those at the intermediate to advanced skill level in floral tooling, with a focus on further developing those skills. During this class you will work on improving depth and realism of main elements within a pattern as well as maintaining natural and elegant flow of your vine work. Quality swivel knife work and beveling are foundational to the quality of any floral pattern.
Don will have multiple patterns of varying degrees of difficulty to choose from for use on Herman Oak leather panels, so that we can work on your area of need in your floral carving. You can work on any technique issues in tooling that come up, as well as work on some techniques that you may not be aware of. Don will discuss and demonstrate techniques of carving, beveling, backgrounding, decorative work, and other areas of tooling that will help to refine your floral carving.
In the end, you will have spent the day tooling together with Don and working to become better floral carvers through demonstration and hands on experience. There will surely be discussions on tool selection, casing leather, pattern design, and many others. Load up your tools, bring your questions and let’s tool some leather together.
Materials to bring: Complete floral carving/stamping tool selection including stamp lifters, strop board, swivel knives, pencils, sketchbook, transfer film or paper, mauls and/or mallets for stamping, stylus, headlamp if needed for better lighting, tooling stone, notebook for notes, and petal lifters if you like using those as well.
Workshop Instructor: Don Gonzales become interested in leathercraft while in 8th grade, when a friend’s father shared some simple skills with him. He went from making sheaths and belts and saddle repairs to eventually owning his own shop and going full-time in 2004. He credits Jimmy Plantt for many life lessons and skills learned, in addition to those from his many online friends. In October of 2020, Don launched a new, weekly podcast, Lost Trade. Don lives in Moulton, Texas.
Workshop Sponsors: Hermann Oak Leather Co.
• There is a $25 administration fee for canceling a workshop.
• The cost of each workshop will be refunded minus the $25 fee.
• No refunds for workshops after Thursday, May 11, 2023.