Leather work

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July 6. Make a Viking leather pouch. £80.

Tutor Jess Paske. Early pouches (Viking period and earlier) are scant in terms of finds, and seem to have been intended to be suspended from a belt, rather than our present day method of attaching them directly to a belt. It is believed they were used to carry useful possessions. The surface of the leather is dampened, and a stamp is pressed onto it, and further designs can be tooled into the leather. Once dried the edges are burnished, and colour is applied and then a finish of waterproof / sealant. The inner pouch is further secured by rivets.

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