Leatherwork is a centuries-old craft which is as absorbing and enjoyable today as ever. This book introduces the basic tools and techniques needed before explaining more advanced ideas for designing and decorating leather. With an easy-to-follow text, step-by-step photographs and explanatory line drawings, this practical book describes how to use those techniques to make handmade items with a professional finish.Topics covered include: a guide to leather and the tools used for leatherworking; basic techniques including joining leather and plaiting; design and cutting patterns; decoration - curving, stamping and colouring; projects ranging from making boxes to a bridle; care and repair of leather. The versatility of leather makes it an ideal medium for creativity and experimentation, and this practical book explains the techniques that can be used to make a range of objects. Beautifully illustrated with 180 step-by-step photographs and 20 explanatory line drawings.