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Leatherwork and Tanning (ePub)

Arts and crafts

By Lynn Huggins-Cooper
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Heritage Crafts and Skills
File Size: 2.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 105
ISBN: 9781526724496
eBook Released: 25th September 2018


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This book offers a whistle-stop guide to the history of leather craft and tanning. The story begins in prehistory when people discovered, perhaps by chance, that skins exposed to smoke or accidentally soaked in autumnal puddles lasted longer. Skins were a valuable resource, used for clothing, shelter, blankets and vessels. This book looks at evidence showing us how leather craft continued to be of prime importance across the globe throughout history, in economic and functional terms.

The second part of the book brings us up to date, via interviews with modern day leather crafting artisans. These leather crafters generously allowed the author access to their studios and discussed the way they use and adapt traditional methods, techniques and tools for the twenty-first century. Photos of their creations and their working environment offer a unique window into the world of leather craft.

Finally, if you are inspired to try your hand at this fascinating and most ancient of crafts, this book also has a resources section. It includes a valuable list of suppliers of leather, dyes, tools and tanning materials, as well as information about training courses, useful websites and more – everything you need to get started.

An illuminating look into heritage industries that go back to prehistoric times. Starting with an analysis of the industry today and the risks facing it, the book goes into great detail about how leatherworking and tanning has evolved through difference periods in history. . .

... If you want to understand the history behind these ancients crafts, then this book is highly recommended as well as extremely accessible - especially if, like me, you have no prior knowledge of the trades. If any of your ancestors were involved in leatherwork or tanning, then this book will give you a great glimpse into their day-to-day life.

WDYTYA?, September 2018 – reader review: Emma Williams, Bristol

About Lynn Huggins-Cooper

Lynn Huggins is a widely published author. When she is not writing, she is in the studio creating art for exhibition. She is a textiles artist, and her work is influenced by the 360-hectare woodland that begins at the bottom of her garden. She is a member of the Heritage Crafts Association, and the International Felt Makers Association. She lives with her husband and daughter in the north-east of England.

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