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Leatherwork Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the current Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Leatherwork Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Leatherwork merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Do the following:
Requirement 1 a: Explain to your counsel 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.
Most likely hazards
Anticipate hazards
Prevent hazards
Mitigate hazards
Lessen hazards
Requirement 1 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.
Minor cuts and scratches
Puncture wounds
Injested poisoning
Chemical exposure reactions
Requirement 2: Explain to your counselor
Requirement 2 a: Where leather comes from
Requirement 2 b: What kinds of hides are used to make leather
Requirement 2 c: What are five types of leather
Requirement 2 d: What are the best uses for each type of leather
Requirement 3: Make one or more articles of leather that use at least five of the following steps:
Requirement 3 a: Pattern layout and transfer
Requirement 3 b: Cutting leather
Requirement 3 c: Punching holes
Requirement 3 d: Carving or stamping surface designs
Requirement 3 e: Applying dye or stain and finish to the project
Requirement 3 f: Assembly by lacing or stitching
Requirement 3 g: Setting snaps and rivets
Requirement 3 h: Dressing edges
Requirement 4: Braid or plait an article out of leather, vinyl lace, or paracord.
Requirement 5: Do ONE of the following:
Requirement 5 a: Learn about the commercial tanning process. Report about it to your merit badge counselor.
Requirement 5 b: Tan the skin of a small animal. Describe the safety precautions you will take and the tanning method that you used.
Requirement 5 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.
Requirement 5 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.