I received a question from an admittedly novice leatherworker regarding the use of the Diamond Chisel for making stitching holes in leather. He said that the holes looked ugly and the chisel was hard to remove.
So, I gave him some advice from my leather hole punching experience. I told him that I put a scrap piece of leather between my pounding board and the leather that I am punching. I wax my tines every other punch and I punch before applying the finish so that there is no ugly cracking. Also, an application of Neatsfoot Oil (Not the Compound) after the dye/stain application has dried will give the leather a softer feel but not to overdo it because the Neatsfoot Oil will darken the leather.
After I finish stitching, I use my Osborne leather working hammer, which has a slightly rounded head to prevent marring the leather, and *gently* tap the stitches on both sides of the project to set them in and smooth out the leather that may have bumps when the stitches were tightened.
He said that he followed my suggestions and they worked out great. He was very thankful and I told him that I am always happy to help.
Until next time, All the best.
Frank, the KC Leather Guy
Karen is an Artist who enjoys painting and inspires many of the Leather jewelry products that we offer. Frank is a Leather crafter who is very detailed and designs the custom Leather products that we create, many of which Karen has painted. As products are inspired and created, we will put them up for display on our website.