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About the Author

Geoffrey West studied Art and Design at Brixton School of Building. He is a craftsman of many years' experience and was a craft teacher at Morley College specializing in leatherwork. Resident - Croydon, Surrey
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crowood Press (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861267428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861267429
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Cornejo on January 10, 2007
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I ordered the book since I'm interested in working professionally with leather. I've been working in different arts & crafts for more than twenty years and learned them mostly through books. In books I look first for deep and detailed information on tools, materials and techniques, the way the information is presented, the clearness of the procedures and the photographs that accompany and show the process. This book will NOT lead you through the learning process. This book is so basic and shallow that you can almost get the same information in the Internet. Geoffrey West shows a very limited information on tools, leather types, dyes and techniques. For instance the list of working tools are not numbered so if you're a novice to this art you wont distinguish a clicker knife from an awl. He quickly lists other auxiliary tools and lightly shows some dyeing options. This information is basic for the newcomer to understand how to handle moisture time, pressure, etc. The projects he shows are for people that already know how to work on leather not for beginners since the lack of pictures and complexity of directions makes it hard to interpret. It seems that this book wasn't written having the apprentice in mind. Besides, I was looking for a particular simple stitch style that is not shown in this book. I'm disappointed with the book and I wish I hadn't spent my money on it. Fortunately I stopped by a local leather place and I found a fantastic 58 pages book called Leather Crafting. It's published by Tandy Leather and it shows step by step all what you need to know to start working on your leather projects. The book has superb pictures and detailed explanation of how to use the tools and prepare the leather. I'm happy because the book cost me only $6.50. If you are serious about leather work do not buy this book, it does not worth your money.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By KnottyFella on October 12, 2007
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This is a good beginner book. It is NOT a complete text, but has good information and presentation. It covers the basics, and for that it is a good book.

Some of the projects do appear to have been done by a juvenile, and not a very talented one at that. None the less, the information is good even if the demonstrations could be better.

This should not be the only leatherworking book in your library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katrina Jury on March 8, 2013
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Bought this book as a gift for family who have found it to be very informative, easy to read with good photos and diagrams to follow. Highly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Ann Jennings on May 10, 2013
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I'm just starting to do leather work
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob L Keilmann on August 13, 2013
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great book for info on this topic. good ideas to work from. well printed and nice pictures to clarify text
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wrenchman on March 2, 2013
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About 3/4's of the way through the book and I was all ready able to make a quality knife sheath and turned an unusable pistol holster into a useable one. With what I've learned so far from this book I have easily recouped the cost of the book. From a new bee's perspective it's been a wonderful source of information. The illustrations are ok at best but they get the job done with very little confusion.
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By Pieter on October 4, 2012
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I already own quite a few books on leathercrafts but this one seemed to be a worthy addition to my collection; and it indeed is.

After a brief overview of the tools and materials, you get clear information about the basic techniques. There are very clear drawing included. Later on there are project where the explained techniques are used.

The book is aimed at the crafters that work at home and don't have access to expensive machinery. You really get professional tips ans "trade secrets".

I'd recommend this book to everybody with an interest in leather.
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