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  1. Identify and demonstrate to your counselor the safe use of leatherworking tools. Show correct procedures for handling leathercraft dyes, cements, and finishes. Know first aid for cuts, internal poisoning, and skin irritation.
  2. 1. Collect samples of five different kinds of leather. Learn the chief characteristics and best uses of each.
    Explain to your counselor
    1. Where leather comes from
    2. What kinds of hides are used to make leather
    3. What are five types of leather
    4. What are the best uses for each type of leather
  3. 2. Make an article one or more articles of leather that use uses at least four five of the following steps:
    1. Transfer of a cutting pattern or tooling design. Pattern layout and transfer
    2. Cutting leather
    3. Punching holes
    4. c. Decoration of leather by tooling Carving or stamping surface designs.
    5. d. Applying dye and/or stain and finish to the project.
      e. Punching holes
    6. Lacing Assembly by lacing or stitching
    7. Setting snaps and rivets
    8. Dressing edges
  4. 3. Recondition or show that you can take proper care of leather your shoes, a baseball glove, a saddle, furniture or other articles of leather articles such as hiking boots or a baseball glove.
  5. 4. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Learn how to tan, cure, and finish leather. about the commercial tanning process. Report about it to your merit badge counselor.
    2. Tan or cure the skin of a small animal. Describe the safety precautions you will take and the tanning method that you used.
    3. Braid or plait Plait or braid an article out of leather or vinyl lace. Make a terminal Turk's head.
    4. Visit a leather-related business. This could be a leathercraft supply company, a tannery, a leather goods or shoe factory, or a saddle shop. Report on your visit to your counselor. leather shop, tannery, saddle shop, or a leather goods manufacturer. Find out how they use leather and report what you learned.

BSA Advancement ID#: 69
Pamphlet Revision Date: ????
Requirements last updated in 2003

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