Taming Your Tools: Cutting In, Beveling, & Bargrounding


14 in stock

Gordon Andrus

Prescott Resort – Prescott Room

Wednesday 2/26 8:00am – 5:00pm

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Muscle memory – learning by doing. You want to be able to use what you learn here when you get home. Gordon has developed methods to help you notice the way your joints and muscles feel when you are working in the most efficient way. Beginning with smooth, tapered knife cuts, you will then work on beveling them to maintain that smooth, tapered line. Smoothly walking a beveler is a subtle skill and attendees will have the opportunity to feel the beveler form smooth, toolmark-free results. Gordon’s approach to using, or taming, the bar grounder involves a few tricks which he will share that can greatly improve your background work.

Materials to bring: 3-ring binder for handouts and note taking, strop, small spritz bottle, stamping stone, stamp tools*, swivel knife with sharp straight blade (no angle blades), 16 or 20 oz. tapered round maul. Knives and blades can be purchased at https://redoxbrand.sagecreeksaddles.com/shop/. Best results will come with good tools. Bring what you have or purchase ahead of time; some stamps will be available in the workshop for you to try. (*The following Barry King Tools will be used: extra steep petal lifters – #0, 1; back bevellers – #1, 2; 30º checked bevellers – {straight #0, 2, 3, 4} {round – #2, 3, 4} {concave – #1, 3, 4} {smooth teardrop background – #1}; and bargrounders – #35 {3, 5, & 7 berries}.

Gordon Andrus is an artist, craftsman, and author. Gordon has been working leather since the mid-1970s, when he was given a handful of tools that had belonged to his grandfather. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Utah State University 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts from Alfred University in 1990. He has owned Sage Creek Stock Saddle Co. for the past sixteen years.

“Artistry is vital to any creative endeavor. As a saddler, I strive to achieve as high a level of artistry in my craftsmanship as I can. I love making things that are useful.”

Workshop Sponsors: Hermann Oak Leather Co., Red Ox Brand Tools, and Barry King Tools