Edward A. Whitney Academic Center – W 210
Friday 05/17 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
All skill levels welcome!
Workshop Description: Wield your swivel knife with confidence! Learning to cut smoothly and seamlessly is the goal of this workshop. This is the right workshop for anyone who is a little afraid of making decorative cuts, or who has some trouble with positioning or holding the swivel knife, has problems with sharpening, does not know which blade is to be used for what…Let Jürgen guide you on cutting depth, pressure, correct hand grip, cutting for beveling, cutting for decorative cuts, using the correct blade for your work, and more. He’ll also be teaching correct sharpening techniques and ways to keep your blades sharper for longer. Patterns that will challenge and delight will be provided. At the end of the workshop, you’ll cut a complete design into leather using only your swivel knife!
Materials to bring: Your swivel knife, polishing strop, stylus, notepad, mechanical pencil (0,7 mm B – soft), bonefolder and every question you’ve ever had about mastering the swivel knife.
Workshop Instructor: Jürgen Volbach is a leatherworker from Cologne, Germany, who had his first lessons 30 years ago with the famous boot and saddle maker, Don Atkinson in Kerrville/Ingram, Texas. He worked with leather every day, making leather designs and toolings and carvings for clients using old and new leather skills. In recent years, he has used modeling tools more and more in his leatherwork, especially with 3-dimensional pieces. Jürgen teaches many workshops in his work space in Cologne and other countries/towns to teach students the different techniques. He is the 2020 recipient of the Al Stohlman Award for Achievement in Leathercraft.
Workshop Sponsors: Hermann Oak Leather Co. and Tandy Leather
• 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 9, 2024.