Sheridan Style Tap-Off Tracings - 35 Different Patterns by Jim Linnell (Leather Designs)

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Jim Linnell's leather art has been featured on magazine covers, catalog covers, in galleries and at countless shows. In the leather working world he has received some of the most prestigious of their awards. The Al Stohlman Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Master Leather Artisan Award from The Academy of Western Artists are some of the better known.

Long before the hobbyist ever had the plastic templates to transfer the outline of their carving to the leather, saddle makers were making their own transfers. They made what is known as Tap-Offs.

The idea for Tap-Offs was born out of necessity. When stamping a pattern on a saddle, it is necessary to mirror the pattern for the skirts or fenders. The maker would work out his pattern for one side, cut it into the leather and then flip it over onto the piece that needs to match, which would be all cased up, and tap off the pattern. This would leave that pattern slightly raised and let him stamp a mirror copy of the other fender or whatever.

Leather craftsmen have been using this method for many generations for any pattern that they use a lot. Repeating belt patterns, wallets, spur straps, chap tops and other items got made into Tap-Offs so they could be used over and over again. They are a huge time saver.

Many of the patterns in this packet were taken from tap-offs that have seen some use. Some have been modified to have a more Sheridan type look which is so popular these days. There is a total of 35 different tracing patterns on 11 pages including designs for belts, wallets, spur straps and more.

This is not a bound book, but rather a collection of pages in a resealable bag.

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Sep 27, 2016 by Markus Staudacher

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