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Private One-on-One Leather Braiding Instruction
by
Gail Hought

 

We offer project oriented braiding instruction, one on one, from beginner to advanced student. Instruction is tailored to fit individual interest and experience.

Description:

1. Number of participants per session: from one to as many as four.
2. Number of days: 3 - 5 days
3. Dates: depends on mutual time constraints, see calendar below.
4. Location: McKinleyville, California, in my home. Those from out of town, will need to either locate a local motel (at their expense) or make arrangements with me for alternate accommodations duration the instructional period.

If you are interested in braiding instruction and learning the fundamental braiding skills but do not want the added travel expense, please consider purchasing a leather braiding kit first. It may be the answer. The kit contains all tools and materials necessary for the project items and the basic instructional book, The Art of Braiding - The Basics - Second Revised Ed. Using the kit will provide the opportunity to try braiding prior to signing up for instruction.

Scheduling an individual session: Please call me at (707) 839-1871 to discuss what you would like to learn and to establish dates that work for us both.
Hourly fee:

1 participant $100.00
2 participants $165.00
3 participants $225.00

All leather braiding materials will be supplied, however there will be additional charges for specialty projects.

 
Unavailable dates are marked out in blue for first 6 months of 2017.

2017


Phone Consultations

  Instructional Courses
 

I - Beginner’s

Description: This session is designed to provide the beginning student with basic skills necessary to braid almost any piece of tack or decorative item. Precut strings are ready to be used. Presented will be ongoing demonstrations and explanations for the use of tools and materials.

Textbook: The Art of Braiding - The Basics - Second Revised Ed., provided.

Projects:

1) Learning buttons on mandrel
2) Braiding buttons on a key fob
3) Braiding a series of buttons on the cheeks and ear of a sliding ear headstall.

Basic Skills: The student will learn basic buttons needed for most projects. Skill development begins on a mandrel followed by braiding a series of buttons on a key fob and a sliding ear headstall.

The student will also learn:

- To cut, split and bevel strings
- Basic button construction and function
- Plaiting
- Sizing
- How to finish buttons.

Items furnished:

The Art of Braiding, The Basics
- Fid
- Mandrel
- Key fob
- Sliding ear headstall
- All roo strings needed for both practice and braided projects.

Miscellaneous supplies and tools are available for use such as saddle soap, finishing tools, finish, and any materials necessary for a finished project.

 

II -This instruction is for those who want assistance with one or more specific braiding skills:

Prerequisite: The instruction is designed for those who have completed or have equivalent skills found in the basic session. The participant should be able to plait 8 strings.

Description: This session is for those with specific needs or a particular braiding skill difficulty. It is also for those who simply want to increase and improve their braiding skills and knowledge. The session applies braiding skills to a totally braided project. It also includes skills necessary for braiding a bosal. Strings are precut to save time, however hands-on demonstrations for cutting strings will be given. It is a session where individual needs are met.

 

Bosal Course - Working Bosal
This is as an intermediate skill development course, one which applies braiding skills to a totally braided project.

Prerequisite: The student must know how to plait 12 and braid a 6 bight Turks head.

Description: All skills necessary for braiding a bosal are taught. Strings are precut to save time, however hands-on demonstrations for cutting strings will be given.

Students will learn the following:

1) To cut a hide into strings
2) Prepare an inner core
3) Nose button groundwork
4) Braiding a nose button
5) Heel knot groundwork
6) Braiding the heel knot
7) To size strings, finishing, and other techniques.

New skills taught: from The Art of Braiding - The Basics - Second Revised Ed. and The Art of Braiding , The Bosal-Revised , books not included.

 

 

Bosal Course - Fancy Bosal in 3 colors

Prerequisite: The student must know how to plait 16 and braid a 6 bight Turks head with at least 2 herringbone interweaves.

Description: All skills necessary for braiding a bosal are taught. Strings are precut to save time, however hands-on demonstrations for cutting strings will be given.

Students will learn the following in addition to skills taught in the working boasl course:

1) Sizing a inner rawhide core for a 16 plait bosal core.
2) 8 bight nose button with 2 interweave colors.
3) 8 bight heel knot with 2 interweave colors.

Skills taught from The Art of Braiding , The Bosal-Revised and The Art of Braiding, Bosal II, books not included.

 

Anton Retief working a bosal in our studio.

 

Anton back home in South Africa
To learn more about who we are and our leatherworking skills, please read "About Gail and Eric Hought"
Clay Christensen letter
 

Braiding News: Introducing a New Mailing list

To better serve your braiding needs, we invite you to join our leather braider email mailing list. Periodically, we plan to send Braiding News that we trust will be of value. Included will be any new material or tool sources, new available books and information that might be of interest to braiders. If you would like to be included on our list, please send your email address to hought@humboldt1.com. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest.

Gail and Eric

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