Introduction: Leather Pipe Display Stand

About: we enjoy working for habitat for humanity.volunteering at our state park.and participating with our leather guild instructing 4H groups, home schoolers,scouts and other young people interested in leather work.
     Our son makes his own pipes .He came to us and asked if we could make a pipe stand to display his pipes.  He also uses it when he travels so he will have a place to lay the pipe upright.  This will NOT carry the pipe.
       This would be an easy project for a young person as it could be decorated with markers or ink stamps.  It would be a nice gift for Fathers Day, Christmas or birthday.
      Hint for a recycle project, would be to take an outgrown belt that is still firm and use the leather to make this stand.

Step 1: Leather Pipe Display Stand

Tool and material List:





     Marble slab

     Cutting Board

     Strop (Made by gluing a scrape of leather on a paint paddle and spreading jewelers rouge on it keeps the knife sharp)

     hole punch

     1 rivet

     1 large snap

     Rivet setter

     Snap setter

     Belt end template (optional)

     Modeling Tool (optional - check my instructable for leather feather to find alternative)

     Beveler  B 200 and/or F 897( Check my instructable for leather feather to see an alternative)

     Basket Weave Stamp  Design (tools are  your choice

     Border Tool


     Dye or antique

     4/5 or 5/6 carving leather 12 inches long by 1 1/4 inch wide  (approximate)

Step 2: Leather Pipe Display Stand

     Take your leather strap and dampen it with water.  The strap end can be left square or using the belt template or some other object, round the ends of the strap.  I think it looks better rounded.  Take the dividers set at 1/4 inch and make a line all the way around the strap.
     Take the swivel knife and the ruler and cut the straight sections of your traced lines.  Finish the rounded ends  free hand with the knife.  
     Bevel this line.  I use the F897 on the long straight lines and the B 200 on the end lines.  The small bevel could be used all the way.

Step 3: Leather Pipe Display Stand

      We are now ready to decorate the stand.  I have elected to do a basket weave design on this project.  The leather should be very damp, but not soggy wet.  If it isn't damp enough it will not take a good impression.  If it is too wet it will make a muddy impression. You might want to experiment with the amount of dampness on a scrap piece of leather, using your selected stamp.
     Since this is a narrow project we will start the basket weave design next to the line we first cut.  If you elected to leave the end square, just start at one corner.  If you rounded the ends then start at the straight edge coming off of the round.  
     Place the basket weave tool on the beveled line, making sure it touches the line with the entire edge of the tool.  Using the mallet, give a firm that you have a clear impression.  Take your tool and place the lines on the tool into the end lines of the first impression.  Tilt the top edge of the tool and make a light impression with the top line of the tool.  This will help to keep the design straight. Now go to the top edge of the last tool  impression and and the mark you made and make the next impression. Now go back to the beveled line and place the tool in the bottom of the top impression and make another impression.  You can either finish the first two lines by continuing this process, or build up to the top edge of the project.  When you get close to the top edge of the project, make sure you do not overlap your beveled line.  The border tool will cover small areas not stamped.
    Take your border tool and in each corner or at the junction of the straight and rounded part, place the border tool on an angle.  This will prevent a strange open spot at those spots.  Place the tool along the beveled line and hit the tool firmly with the mallet.  Continue all around the project.

Step 4: Leather Pipe Display Stand

     After you have completed your design, let the leather dry. If your edges are a little rough, you can take some sand paper and smooth them out.
     To dye this piece, I chose to use a British Tan antique that has some tan coat added to it.  This is a paste type of dye and the tan coat is a finish coat.  
     Apply the dye to all sides of the project.  Let it dry then shine with a soft cloth.  The more you rub the shinier it will get.

Step 5: Leather Pipe Display Stand

     We are now ready to place the snap and rivet. Put the 2 ends of the strap together and coming down from the end a short distance mark the middle of the piece.  Measure the size of the stem on the snap and find the size punch that will allow the stem to go through the leather.  With the ends together, punch the hole through both sides.  Straighten the piece out and place the cap with the stem through one of the holes  Placing the setter plate on the anvil, lay the cap in the concave place. Place one of the inside pieces over the stem.  Take the setter piece in the center of the stem and with the mallet hammer the center down flat.   In the other end repeat the process with the other parts of the snap.  Close the snap.
     Take the belt that will be used with the pipe stand and go far enough down the project that will allow the belt to slip through the display stand and mark that spot.  Find the size of hole you will need for the stem of the rivet and punch through both pieces of leather.  Put the stem of the rivet through both pieces of leather and place the head of the rivet in the concave area of the setter.  Add the remaining piece of the rivet and using the setter set the rivet.  Take it a little easy - in other words don't slam it in.
     This would make a nice gift for a smoker or for someone who collects pipes and would like a nice way to display them.
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