1. Do the following:
a. Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while using leatherwork tools and materials, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, or lessen these hazards.
Scouts should review this requirement component and be prepared to
explain their findings. Scouts
will find the use of the
Leatherwork Merit Badge
pamphlet to be very helpful in
preparing for this requirement
b. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while working with leather, including minor cuts and scratches, puncture wounds, ingested poisoning, and reactions from exposure to chemicals such as dyes, cements, and finishes used in leatherworking.
Scouts should review this requirement component and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge.
2. Explain to your counselor
a. Where leather comes from
b. What kinds of hides are used to make leather
c. What are five types of leather
d. What are the best uses for each type of leather
Scouts should make notes to assist them with the
different components of this
requirement and be prepared for discussion. Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement
or its components just for attending as the requirement states that they must
explain a number of items and will be required to partake in group and/or individual discussion to obtain credit
with the counselor.
3. Make one or more articles of leather that use at least five of the following steps:
a. Pattern layout and transfer
b. Cutting leather
c. Punching holes
d. Carving or stamping surface designs.
e. Applying dye or stain and finish to the project.
f. Assembly by lacing or stitching
g. Setting snaps and rivets
h. Dressing edges
While this requirement will be
done in the class, Scouts are
highly encouraged to make an
effort prior to the class in
trying their hand at some of the
components asked for in this
requirement. The instructor /
counselor will aide Scouts in
completing this requirement
during the class.
4. Braid or plait an article out of leather, vinyl lace, or paracord.
This requirement will be
completed as a part of the
5. Do ONE of the following:
a. Learn about the commercial tanning process. Report about it to your merit badge counselor.
b. Tan the skin of a small animal. Describe the safety precautions you will take and the tanning method that you used.
c. Recondition or show that you can take proper care of your shoes, a baseball glove, a saddle, furniture, or other articles of leather. Discuss with your counselor the advantages or disadvantages of leather vs. synthetic materials.
d. Visit a leather-related business. This could be a leathercraft supply company, a tannery, a leather goods or shoe factory, or a saddle shop. Report on your visit to your counselor.
Scouts are encouraged to select
one of the requirement
components prior to the class
and prepare as best they can to
share their work / findings with
the class. The merit badge
instructor / counselor will help
facilitate at least one of these
requirement components as a part
of the class, however it must be
noted that Scouts will not be
signed off simply for repeating
what the instructor / counselor
shares in the class. Some
level of preparation is required
for consideration for sign off
on this requirement. Be