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BRAIDING FINE LEATHER: TECHNIQUES OF THE AUSTRALIAN WHIPMAKERS
Author: David W. Morgan
Publisher: SCHIFFER BOOKS, Dec 2002
Designed to help the beginning leather braider acquire basic skills in a straightforward manner. Photos, references; 7?10 inches, 160 pgs.
Designed to help the beginning leather braider acquire basic skills in a straightforward manner, this book shows readers how to braid simple projects fairly quickly. With close attention to detail and a little practice using the methods described here, novices can produce attractive and enduring items from either precut lace or from a skin or side of leather.
Leather braiding was developed in Australia in whipmaking shops. The craft had been carried to Australia by thongmakers from England, who were familiar with the thongs used on finely braided carriage whips. Kangaroo leather, one of the finest leathers available for braiding, provided the material for high-quality work, and a large and discriminating market in Australia led to improvements in techniques. Using these highly refined techniques and providing complete instructions and clear close-up photographs showing each step in the process, David Morgan has created an excellent book for those who want to learn to braid leather.
David Morgan made the whips for the Indiana Jones movies in the 1980s.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David Morgan created all the whips used in the Indiana Jones movies. He and his wife currently operate a mail order business specializing in handcrafted items.
By training and profession David Morgan is a metallurgist. This technical background in physics and materials has aided greatly in understanding the use of materials in braiding and the action of whips.
Morgan became interested in the craft of whips and whipmaking from the independent tradesmen in the earlier days of handwork. He has apprenticed and researched with whipmakers in Australia.