CLAY BANYAI

LEATHER ARTIST


My friend Kate Dubiel carved this wren on a clock she was making and I really liked the detail in the pattern. She was kind enough to share the pattern with me, and I carved, embossed it and colored it in my own style. This project was also written up as a tutorial on Leatherworker.net






























This is my latest photo album. A friend found this swan pattern in one of Lora Irish's books and asked how I would carve it. I decided to use another of Lora's patterns on the back. I did a step by step lesson for the carving and coloring of this pattern on Leatherworker.net's forum.






A few years ago we went on a family trip to Glacier Park in Montana. I saw a couple Icelandic Sheep hides that were just begging to be made into a pair of chaps. Here's my first attemp at a pair of "woolies".

















This is another project from a Robb Barr video lesson. It is a free standing eagle sculpture with a twist. On one side, it is a bald eagle, on the other it's a golden eagle.















My good friend Kathy Flanagan from Conifer, Colorado taught this class in Rapid City, SD in the fall of 2008. Kathy is a great teacher and a lot of fun to be around so I decided to take the class. The subject of the class was a mountian veiwed through a window of a Colorado ghost town. Here is my project from her class.

















I was invited to do a carving demonstration for the first anniversary of the Tandy store in Rapid City in the fall of 2008. This is the project that I worked on while I was there. I chose this pattern to show a variety of different carving and coloring styles.



















This picture was inspired by a tattoo design by Lora S. Irish. The tattoo drawing looked to me like the buffalo had feathers instead of long shaggy mane hair. I decided to try and carve it that way and was really happy with how it turned out.

















This Anasazi ruins picture is from a design by Robert Beard, who has a unique carving style that I really like. Bob came to North Dakota and taught this project in a class. I have since done it two more times.





This is a picture I created for my good freind Kate Dubiel. It has a couple different layers of oak leaves and a tree branch textured with leather putty giving it a nice 3- effect.





This picture was carved specially for my wife. She likes all types of leaves and when I saw a similar pattern on a couple other websites, I decided I had to try and carve it for her.








This embossed eagle on an eagle feather was inspired by class project Jim Linnell teaches. When I saw one done my Clay Miller (manager of the Tandy Leather Factory store in Rapid City, SD) I decided to try my own version.

















These next several pictures are of small notebooks created by my wife and I. We saw some purses in a store with embossed leaves and wanted to see if we could do something similar. The leaves, grass and tree seeds create unique and interesting designs in leather.














When I looked at the picture I carved for my wife with the nude and the oak leaves, I noticed the "lady" was in the shape of a letter "Z". That gave me an idea that I wanted to try. The result was a variation of the original picture, customized and given as a gift to my friend Shirley Zanelli







This is a more traditional style of leather carving, a rose carved inverted on a book cover. This was done for my friend Elise from NY.










This is a photo album for my parents 50th wedding anniversary













The pattern for this picture came from a photo of a buffalo skull sticking out of a dirt bank in the badlands. When Silva Fox saw this photo, she challenged me try and carve the picture in leather. This picture will be given away in a drawing at the end of August 2008 to one of the contributing members to Leatherworker.net



















Here is another picture carved from a photo. This one is of a cow elk wandering around in a patch of dense trees. The original photo, taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes, Colorado.








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