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Leathercraft is a statewide 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at Extension Publications. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Leathercraft.

What you can do in this project: learn about the characteristics and uses of leather; use tools and equipment; make patterns and original designs; explore various leathercraft techniques.
Resources: 4H149, Adventures in Leathercraft Members Guide
CIR006, Adventures in Leathercraft Leaders Guide



Want to learn more about Leathercraft? Try the links below.

Leathercraft Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including leathercraft. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details. If you are in grades 9-12, apply for the conference Art Team. This team of youth and advisors works with a professional artist on the design of a large public art piece and plans the conference Art Exhibit.

Wisconsin 4-H ArtBeat!
Created for 4-H members in grades 3-5 and their parents and leaders, 4-H Artbeat! is the introductory program for Wisconsin 4-H Arts and Communication!  Scheduled in March each year, at our State 4-H Camp, Upham Woods, the weekend will feature a look at a variety of arts projects including music, drama, visual arts, arts and crafts, juggling and more!  Also on the program will be a special "suprise" performance by one of Wisconsin 4-H's most acclaimed performers!

Wisconsin 4-H Arts Camp
If you are in grades 6-8, sign up for the Visual Arts Track at the next 4-H Arts Camp. Youth in grades 9-10 who are experienced in the visual arts project can serve as instructors and counselors at this camp, scheduled each October at the Upham Woods Environmental Education Center, Wisconsin Dells.

Wisconsin 4-H Arts Leadership Lab
If you are a new or emerging youth or adult visual arts leader, sign up for the Visual Arts Track at the next 4-H Arts Leadership Lab, scheduled each fall.

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County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

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Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Leathercraft Project. Just follow these links!

International Internet Leathercrafters’ Guild
Group of leather workers that promotes the art and craft of leatherwork with the exchange of information, patterns and tips.

Leathercrafter’s Ring
Site by and for the individual leathercrafter. It includes many personal web pages by leathercrafters showing their work or sharing their knowledge.

Oconto County 4-H Project Resources
This web site provides links for many arts and communications projects including links for fun project ideas on leathercraft.

Tandy Leather Company
Key source of materials, supplies, kits, tools, patterns, instruction booklets, and information.

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Project Support

For more information on 4-H Leathercraft Project, contact the following:

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Tim Talen

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