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Leatherwork merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1951
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 069
Requirements revision: 2003
Latest pamphlet revision: 2002


Merit badge requirements

1. Identify and demonstrate to your counselor the safe use of leatherworking tools. Show correct procedures for handling leathercraft dyes, cements, and finished. Know first aid for cuts, internal poisoning, and skin irritation.
2. Explain to your counselor
a. Where leather comes from
b. What kinds of hides are used to make leather
c. What are five types of leather
d. What are the best uses for each type of leather
3. Make one or more articles of leather that use at least five of the following steps:
a. Pattern layout and transfer
b. Cutting leather
c. Punching holes
d. Carving or stamping surface designs.
e. Applying dye or stain and finish to the project.
f. Assembly by lacing or stitching
g. Setting snaps and rivets
h. Dressing edges
4. Recondition or show that you can take proper care of your shoes, a baseball glove, a saddle, furniture or other articles of leather.
5. Do ONE of the following:
a. Learn about the commercial tanning process. Report about it to your merit badge counselor.
b. Tan the skin of a small animal. Describe the safety precautions you will take and the tanning method that you used.
c. Braid or plait an article out of leather or vinyl lace.
d. Visit a leather-related business. This could be a leathercraft supply company, a tannery, a leather goods or shoe factory, or a saddle shop. Report on your visit to your counselor.

The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2007 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)


Worksheet A FREE workbook for Leatherwork is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Leatherwork requirements. usscouts.org has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

Per the BSA: You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject. Merit badge pamplets are available at your local Scout Shop or online at ScoutStuff.org.

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