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Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding Hardcover – December 12, 1972

ISBN-13: 978-0870331619 ISBN-10: 0870331612 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 556 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell Maritime Pr; 1st edition (December 12, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870331612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870331619
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has great photos and diagrams and explains them very well.
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If you must be spoon fed this is not the book for you, however if you are creative and know how to read you cant go wrong with this book.
gray dog
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is working with rawhide and/or leather.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Powers on October 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I rate this book a close second to The Ashley Book Of Knots,as a must-have for serious knot enthusiasts. Less pleasing artistic- ly, this book nevertheless delivers instructions for construct-ing truly beautiful and functional things. From rings, to brace- lets,to hatbands to belts--they're here. Need a quirt, a whip, a lariat,a horses headstall--they're here. How about a pair of "galooses?"--they're here. For me, the woven buttons are the most fascinating of all. Intri- cate and beautifully symmetrical, these knots are easy to make by following the ingenious method that Mr. Grant explains. (I copy the pattern, match and tape the ends to produce a cylinder, then I slide the cylinder over a rolled piece of cardboard or lino- leum and pin the bites with carpet tacks.) If you like this book, and I know you will, you might want to get Mr. Grant's two other books on the subject: Leather Braiding and How To Make Cowboy Horse Gear. Enjoy. Happy birthday.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
During a one year stay I had the good fortune to stumble across a second hand bookstore where the library of Bruce Grant was for sale. Among the joys for a knot friend where the Ashley book of knots, the Encyclopedia of Knots and fancy ropework, Whips and Whipmaking, and more notably Leather Braiding and The Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding, both by Bruce Grant. To get your first impression of the subject by the authors own copies of the books is of course a trip in itself, but as the delicious shock subsided, the books continued to shine on their own. Using drawings, rather than photographs, is a superior way to guide the reader through apprenticeship of the art. This book serves the important purpose of preserving an old craft, and it does it well; the text is clear, and the development from the simple to the more complex eases the reader over all obstacles. This is the Ashley of leather braiding.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Grant's survey of leather braiding is an essential reference for those interested in leather working, covering riatas, bosals, quertas, whips, fancy knots and more. He also covers methods of duplicating complicated knots from an extant piece. The book covers most of his volume _How to Make Cowboy Horsegear_.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Bruce Grant shared his genius with the world by writing the "Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding. This book has text and illustration, for how the knots and plaits are constructed. Patterns also included for items that may have been lost forever if he never wrote them down.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Cheatham on July 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The best of the post WW2 books on the subject, and based on its best and closest competitors, which were also written by Bruce Grant (unfortunately listed as being written by B. Grant here on Amazon.Com). Not the easiest to use, or the most gracefully written, but clear, solid, correct, extensive, and exhaustive.

The people that Grant consulted in adding to his own Newsman/Cowboy/Texas store of information on braiding and leatherwork, and their insight into the meaning of the information taken from historical sources that Grant found or that they pointed out, simply aren't available now. Additions to what Grant has to say on the subject will have to be genuine later innovations, or based on improvements in materials. The appearance of good new examples of either will come slow.

In a way, if your interest in the art is mild, this might not be the right book. You will find it hard to let the book go, whether you use it or not, and the many possibilities it presents may reproach you if you don't make a run at mastering a few of them. A lifetime book. Tops. Plain and good. Helpful and fascinating. Useful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Francis on February 8, 2008
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For lovers of leather braiding, this work is the Bible. Grant exhaustively covers a wide range of braiding techniques. His attention to detail and step-by-step instructions are superb. Sometimes his drawings are a bit primitive but they serve the purpose intended. His book covers how to make and work with rawhide, tools of the trade for leather braiding, various braid techniques such as twist braids, the Conquistador Braid (a fabulous and intricate braid for making belts, wrist bands, etc.), flat braids, round braids (for whips, etc.), various knots, and a wide range of horse tack (saddle and bridle).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Bybee on January 9, 2007
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Excellent book for an incredible number of different braids. Lots of pictures and diagrams, (thank goodness) to better teach the techniques. The author throws in a little history education on the use of many braids. The only downer is that it is in black/grey/white, no color. Most of the diagrams are hand drawn (nicely) so it may take a second, third, seventh look to see which direction to go. In this day of CAD and graphics, I guess I expected a better visual. But then, the information that is handed down to the author from long, long ago, may call for this style of visuals? In the end, fantastic book, I'm glad I bought it and I'll keep it, and use it for many years to come.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Not My Real Name on March 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Like many really in depth books this is difficult to keep reading

except between naps. I highly recommend the book and several cups of coffee. The information got me through several projects and was 'just what I needed'. What would be a great follow-on is the 'short attention span' version that more easily indexes the content so I can get directly to the information I want rather than trolling through it 'novel style' to get the story before getting the 'plot'. If it had more indexing then I could find the specific matter more quickly. All that said - it DID have exactly what I needed and wanted and - I recommend the content of this book.
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