Leather Burning

I love tack, leather, and tooling but lack the skills and tools to do my own beautiful leather tooling. On a whim, on one a cold, snowy day, I took the chance of using my wood burning tool to make some designs on a plain leather headstall. Now, I practiced a bit on a piece of wood and really, really screwed up a pair of cheap leather spur straps, first. I was nervous to start something on a piece of equipment I use and that everybody sees. I practiced a few designs on the inside of the headstall…then took a chance! I turned out with an imperfect but quite unique headstall that I really like! It is such fun way to add some individual personality to a headstall without spending a ton of money (especially if you use an older work headstall you already own)! I recommend practicing a lot first as leather burns very quickly and you can’t undo it!

I stuck with a fairly simple pattern and added dots to the keepers and earpiece. I've already taken it to the barn...I guess Tango will have to do some more modeling!
I stuck with a fairly simple pattern and added dots to the keepers and earpiece. I’ve already taken it to the barn…I guess Tango will have to do some more modeling!
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4 thoughts on “Leather Burning

  1. Hello There,

    If you are interested in checking out the leathers we at Barbarossa Leather have to over, let us know. We are more than happy to fulfill a sample request for you!

      1. Great! In the meantime, I’d love to get some samples out to you, for you to see the quality and maybe test out 🙂 Send me an email with your wish list of samples, and shipping address & contact info, and I’ll get the sample department on it! ilene@barbarossaleather.com

        Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!!

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