I completed stage two of my chink making project a few days ago. I basket stamped the two yokes that go at the top and the two side panels that go on the thigh where the buckles will attach.
The first step in tooling or stamping is to prepare the leather. You have to thoroughly wet the leather, let the moisture soak in really good and then set it out so the leather seems almost dry again. I’m still learning about this step that’s called casing.
When the leather was ready, I marked out my lines of where I was going to sew and where to stamp.
And then I cut the lines in with a swivel knife. The pattern I bought showed how to put your initials or brand on the yoke. I thought it looked really nice and decided to give it a whirl.
I don’t think it came out too bad. Later, I plan on dying the letters so they’ll stand out a little better.
Although they’re far from perfect, I’m very excited and please with the progress I’ve made. Check back for the next step: sewing the yokes and side panels to the chap legs.