When you tool a pattern into leather, you must first trace the design onto the leather. Next you carve the design into the leather with a swivel knife. The pattern is then “tooled” by going along the edge of your carving with an edge beveler or patterned stamp and whacking it with a hammer (tap, tap, tap, tap!).
^ That’s a simplified explanation. Nicer work will have a few more steps and a lot more finesse, but that’s a basic overview of the process. My question is whether or not the laser will make it possible to skip those first two steps? Can you transfer the pattern to the leather using a very fine engrave and then tool that just as you would a carved outline? OR, will the singed edges of the engrave change the texture of the leather, making it difficult to tool properly?
I’m not sure that I’ve articulated this clearly, but hopefully you get the gist. I’m having a hard time imagining how the charred edges will respond to tooling. Would love to hear from anyone who has tried this.