In this article I will discuss my process for casing leather and how I adapt for different thicknesses in order to get that perfect water content for carving and stamping. I will also touch on casing leather during forming and how I case leather parts that require gluing during the forming process.
What is Casing leather?
“Casing” leather is the process of adding water to vegetable tanned leather. This is done to soften the fibers of the leather to achieve many tasks within a leather crafting project. These tasks can include carving with a swivel knife, stamping, forming and skiving or thinning down of leather. Vegetable tanned leather has been tanned but is still in a bit of a raw state which allows the craftsman to introduce water easily into the fibers of the leather. This is what is called “casing” and is an essential skill that must be learned.