Leather Workshop at NSSF

During an impromptu afternoon at the New Swan, I was able to teach our high school interns and props supervisor a little bit about leather mask-making. We all thought it was the perfect way to finish up their internship at the New Swan Shakespeare Festival. 

 ( left to right ) Pam, Eleanor, Maddie, and Bryce make their patterns out of tack board. 

(left to right) Pam, Eleanor, Maddie, and Bryce make their patterns out of tack board. 

 After cutting their patterns out and learning some new tools, they've wetted and molded their leather onto plaster-cast faces.

After cutting their patterns out and learning some new tools, they've wetted and molded their leather onto plaster-cast faces.

 After waiting a day for their masks to dry, the group mixes their dye and stains their final masks. 

After waiting a day for their masks to dry, the group mixes their dye and stains their final masks.