Bouncers, Smashers. Slickers, and Burnishers
This page is a listing of the various wooden tools used for working leather. There are bouncers(aka smashers) used in saddle building, slickers for smoothing leather, and edge burnishers. I am not an expert on identifying wood by the grain, and am not making any speculations on the type of wood in any of these. There are no checks or cracks in them. Some of these are marked by CS Osborne with the Newark, NJ marking so that makes them over 100 years old. Some were bought and some were shop made. These have mostly been accumulated from old estate sets, and so this page is a listing of some pretty historic wood.
Sections below include -
- Edge Slickers/Burnishers
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These bouncer/smashers have nice smooth bottoms, solid handles, and no cracks. They are used primarily to mold and compress leather in the saddle making trade.
Slickers are used to go over the leather to smooth grain prior to tooling. They can also be used to compress the leather, especially after glueing two layers together. In addition they can be used to slick off smooth leather after dresssings have been applied - especially good for putting a nice feel on latigo leather for straps and saddle strings.
Edge Slickers and Burnishers