Leather Carving Tutorial – Viking Style

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A beginners leather carving tutorial done with Viking style serpent knotwork. This obviously translates easily to celtic knots and is a good first step in learning to tool / carve leather.

Magnus shows you the tools needed, and takes you through the process from start to finish.


I’ve been carving leather for a while, sticking to knotwork for most of my projects, this specific carving will be used on a book cover.

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Richard / Magnus
Leatherworker, Prop Builder, Costumer, Armourer.

Richard has been working in Vancouver Canada as a leatherworker for some time, and has been adding his skills to various film projects in the area as a prop and costume builder.



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21 comments for “Leather Carving Tutorial – Viking Style

  1. Dark Horse Workshop
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    I've started adding any links I could find for items used in my videos to the description. Full disclosure is that any purchases help this channel out directly through those links. Thanks for watching!

  2. salma amed
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Thank you very much it was really helpful 💕

  3. Christoph Hess
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Great tutorial! Just in case beginners like me who are interested in leather carving (and vikings) come around here I have some minor comments (after I finished a handful of carvings following your tutorials):

    – when attaching the tracing film to the piece of leather, the adhesive tape leaves some ugly marks after removing on the leather, haven't found an adhesive tape that doesn't. So it's a good idea to cut your workpiece in shape AFTER the carving process so you can leave out the adhesive marks.
    – try to find a tracing film that is rather thick or it will crumple a lot while tracing on the wet leather (maybe let the leather dry a bit more will reduce this).
    – if you're living in a region with very "hard" tap water, it's useful to use distilled water to moisten your leather. It's limescale from hard water that causes stains on the leather.
    – if you're a beginner and still not so skilled in hammering the outlines with a beveler, it's a good idea to do like this guy:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zWkCQYhcME . Moisten the leather a bit more and use the normal plain beveler like a stylus tool. That worked better for me cause I couldn't manage to (hammer-) bevel along my lines exactly and so it always looked a bit unclean.
    – if you haven't created your own designs yet, you can get great inspiration from this guy: http://jonaslaumarkussen.com/ . His designs are based on the historical viking styles and you can also learn a lot about composition and the timeframe of the different styles. For private use, you can get his designs for the price you wanna pay. Oh, and I don't get any fees from him 😉

  4. joseph brown
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    I really like how you used the spoon tool to beval the outside of the pattern. Ive never seen that done befor.

  5. Merlin's Monkey
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    The sped up hammering reminded me of getting a tattoo 🤔😊Great job.

  6. كنداكة نوبية مصرية
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    جميلة جداً

  7. D.F The.one.36
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Thumbs up 👍🏽

  8. David Tomes
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Clear, and concise video.
    You are a very good teacher, sir…

  9. TherealElliot
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Thank you that was really fascinating to watch and learn 🙂

  10. CulturalCompass
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Love seeing how this is done and learning about the tools n techniques. Thanks for your video. Really nice work

  11. Lass-in Angeles
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    How beautiful, you are so talented! This looks like loads of fun and a portable craft.

  12. Karen McCann
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Love your designs 😊

  13. Jeremiah Nichols
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    I love that noise

  14. the mountain man
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Man id love you to carve some runes n knotwork on my fjallraven ovik backback straps your works amazing 🙂

  15. Declan 6914
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Nice work. Celtic & Viking designs are hugely similar in many ways, which is one of the reasons my ancestors loved to pilfer artefacts from the monasteries when they arrived here long ago. We even kept the name the locals gave us. "Dark strangers".

  16. Dakota u
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Clearly you be been doing leather work for a long time! Beautiful work..but…doesn't the very end of the serpents tail go into its mouth and not just some random point of its body?

  17. Jeremy Wyatt
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Learning a lot watching your videos. You do a nice job talking through the techniques and the thinking without spending much time on irrelevant stuff. If you're looking for a new challenge, how about a Norse stag!

  18. Night
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    You'd thing someone would come up with an electric stamping tool that worked with piston action to tool those large areas. Something like a modified tattoo gun, maybe.

  19. Danende Tahita
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Yapılan iş de, gösterim de çok iyi olmuş.

  20. ak bunny
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Awesome, many thanks…..!

  21. Tpjuvi Philly
    June 27, 2019 at 3:31 am

    U need to practice saying SKOL! U must say it deep from your chest

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