This past week, in my bookbinding workshop, after learning how to sew our own silk endbands, we practiced leather paring, with both paring knives and paring machines. I loved sewing the endbands, I happily would have sewn endbands for everyone in my class! The leather paring was a different story. It is very unlike anything I have done before, so, needless to say, after 3 hours of attempts at paring, I don't know that I'm any better than when I started. I am determined to become proficient but, I think it'll be a while before you see anything more than crumpled leather scraps from me.
Sewing an endband
Yay, a finished endband!
Getting down to business with my paring knife (on the wrong side of the leather)
A lot of unsuccessful starts
While I was still struggling with my paring my edges, one of my classmates was using a paring machine (it pares in wider strips, kind of like lawn mowing)
The goal for the night was to pare a thin strip of leather with our knives. The strips look like noodles; here's me and my first noodle!