Basic Leather Carving Instructions Part IV
Pear Shader Tool Usage

In leather working the pear shader is used to shape and add contour to various areas. This gives depth to the leather carving. Pear shaders are available in a wide variety of sizes and surface imprints.

12. The shader is most often used to contour flower petals and leaves. They are available in a variety of shapes and patterns. 13. Shaders can be held at any angle needed. Tilt towards the narrow end for tight areas. Hold vertically for larger areas.
14. Study your photocarve for areas to be shaded. 15. For areas larger than the tool, the shader is walked across the area, alternately tapping, moving about 1/16 inch, tapping, etc...

The pattern used here is from the excellent tutorial book The Leatherworking Manual. I highly recommend this book.

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