Leathercraft Project

Project Description Leathercraft

Leathercraft should be of interest to boys and girls in rural or urban areas. It complements other projects using leather products, such as the livestock, horse and clothing projects. Use your creativity to create projects and learn new skills. You will appreciate the natural beauty and usefulness of leather, learn the principles of good design, learn to be creative, original and strive for quality craftsmanship.

Project Requirements

Project Books Required? Yes (if unavailable for purchase they are available to print off)

Leathercraft project books can be purchased here

*** Please note, if you do not attend at least one workshop in your project area during the 4-H year, you will be required to complete activities in your project book and turn it in with your record book. The number of activities required to complete a 4-H year in each project book can be found here.

What needs to be accomplished to move onto level 2?

  • Proper preparation and casing of leather techniques 
  • Names of & how to use basic stamps
  • Basic lacing & stitching methods
  • Techniques for basic leather finishing

What needs to be accomplished to move on to level 3?

  • Use of swivel knife comfortably 
  • Use more advanced tools
  • More Advanced lacing techniques 
  • Basic floral design principles 

What needs to be accomplished to move on to the next levels from here?

  • Basic knowledge & ability to complete the stated skillset of each level

Project age limit? 8 and up

What should new members know?

  • Please purchase project books for the members level 
  • Tools & leather will be provided during meetings 
  • Materials/kits for fair projects will be discussed during meetings 
  • Members will be in charge of purchasing these on their own


Workshops will start in March and will meet twice a month until fair. Exact dates and times are TBD

Project Superintendent Information

Leathercraft Superintendent: Jamie Lerum
Contact: graymountainleatherco(at)gmail.com or 406-459-6517
How will you be contacted? Email

Junior Superintendent: Addy FitzSimmons

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