Monday, 5 October 2015

Learning Leathercraft with Jim Linnell – Lesson 4: Using A Pear Shader

Join us in this weekly series on tooling a floral wallet back with tips and tricks from award-winning leatherworker Jim Linnell!

Find the free pattern for this project on the Leathercraft Library at



Materials Used In Lesson 4:

Pear Shader

Mallet or Maul

4-5 oz Vegetable Tanned Leather


A few things learned from this video:

Pear shaders come in different sizes and shapes with varying textures to accomplish numerous effects.

When pear shading, it is important to fade out the impression rather than stopping abruptly.  To accomplish this, lighten the force of your hammer as you reach the end of the area to be shaded.

When holding the tool, hold it tight hear the base of the stamp to allow it to recoil between strikes.

The secret to getting pear shading nice and smooth is to make only small movements and overlap each impression.  Moving too far between each strike and not overlapping can leave choppy looking shading.

It is important when pear shading near a line to be very mindful of staying close to the line, but not flatten the line.

Pear shading is often used to give flower petals a 3-D effect.  By shading in an area but leaving a raised ridge, you can sculpt the leather to give contour.

Pear shading can also be used to create a concave texture in scrolls.  Start close to the line and create a channel along the inner curve of the scroll to blend in the texture with the impression from the camouflage tool.


Join us next week as we continue to tool the wallet back and learn how to effectively use a beveler!