Customer Reviews: Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding
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on October 9, 2000
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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on October 30, 1999
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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on November 7, 1997
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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on August 1, 1999
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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on July 22, 2004
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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on March 26, 2013
The process involved with some of these techniques make my eyes cross! This book is exceptionally well put together and, for someone who can get past the eye crossing, a window into a true art form.

I have actually been able to make it through some of the simpler flat braids using multiple strands, but I haven't had cause to attempt the more complicated ones, and there are VERY complicated braids in this book.

I also purchased a smaller book simply titled "Leather Braiding" by the same author, and much to my dismay, the things in the smaller book are included in this complete encyclopedia. This is a great aid to anyone in crafting, and not just leather-crafting. Any of these techniques and designs can easily be adapted to plastic cording or any other medium.
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on February 8, 2008
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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on July 11, 2014
Great book for the beginner all the way to the pro braider. It has great photos and diagrams and explains them very well. I hit a home run when I bought this book. Thank You Amazon. I definitely would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn braiding.
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on May 28, 2016
Bruce Grant is a good writer, who turns rawhide braiding into an upbeat, easy to follow read. Lots of good advice. He knew what he was talking about. A great reference for beginners and those with experience. All the "projects" are for horse tack - bridles, reins, headstalls,stirrups, cinches, whips and quirts. Almost all is in a north or south American tradition, with a few mentions of Australian work.
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on April 15, 2015
Has a superb amount of information. My wife is a leather worker and we have over thirty fairly in depth leather crafting books, and a score of decent other books on the subject. Even with all of those my wife has learned a lot from this book.
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