Tools of Journeyman Leather

Travelling around workshops and factories, it was always fascinating to discover the tools used by makers; and the adaptions and changes they made to them to carry out specific tasks. Here are a few of the tools used by Jo Tonkinson of Journeyman Leather. 

Creasing tool used to make a decorative line along the edge of a bridle, or strip. Heated with a flame before use. 

Awl used for making stitch holes. Thread used is then covered in beeswax. 

Single headed knife. This is capable of smaller work, and is used for sliding between folded leather to cut old stitching when making repairs. 

Round knife. Used for long cuts, skiving and paring. 

Plough Gauge for cutting strips of hide.

Pricking iron used for stitching work.