Here’s a fairly simple little project that I made the other day:
This is a 4 plait dog lead with a 10 plait wrist loop. What’s fun about making these lower plait count dog leads is that they are simple…until you split the strands for the wrist loop and then you’ve got a slightly more challenging project!
A couple of weeks ago I had a dog lead sent to me for repair and I’ve finally gotten caught up on everything and this was the last project to finish! It had gotten chewed up and the wrist loop was in bad shape:
The first thing I had to do was remove the knot at the wrist loop and see how many of the 8 strands were actually broken:
I was hoping it miraculously was only three of them. However once I got the wrist loop unplaited I discovered it was six of the 8 strands. So not the worst case scenario which would have been all eight strands, but it was pretty close.
The next step was to unbraid the lead so that I could add lace in and have it anchored in place by plaiting once I rebraided it.
I didn’t add all six strands at one spot, that would have created a huge lump in the dog lead. What I did was thin down the ends of the new lace with by bench splitter and gradually add them in. Here are the first two being added in:
Once all six strands were added and secured I changed the plaiting from a round pattern to a flat pattern for the wrist loop. After securing the wrist loop I tied the first part of the knot:
And added in the red interweave:
And now it’s ready to head back to its owner!
I think given the circumstances it turned out pretty well and wasn’t too crazy of a repair!
I just noticed I was low on lead sheets that I use to add weight to handles of bullwhips.
My local store that used to sell it no longer does, so I had to go get some on Amazon.
I also had a dog lead come in for a repair. It had some strands at the clip end in that had broken and it needed a new knot near the wrist loop.
To repair the broken strands I cut them off at the clip end and folded the leash over on itself and back braided it. Then I tied it all off and put a knot over it. Now the clip end is now like the end of a set of horse reins.
I also gave it a hit of Pecard Leather Dressing because the dog lead was a bit dry. It drank it up and now it looks almost brand new!
When making a whips from kangaroo you end up with leftover centers of whips. Some of these are large enough to be parts of other whips and some are not. Some end up lace for knots, or small little projects. I took two centers that I had left and made a 4 plait dog lead:
One of the little bits of flair that I add to these 4 plait dog leads is giving them a higher plait count wrist loop. This particular one has a 10 plait wrist loop. These are simple to make I simply split the 4 strands for the body of the leash in half to give me 8 strands. Add those 8 strands to the two strands that are the core and you’ve got an 10 plait wrist loop!
I made a bunch of dog leads a while ago from scrap leather and have about 5 or 6 in stock. You can see what I have by clicking here. I do make dog leads that are fancier than what I have in stock and if you are looking for a kangaroo dog lead feel free to contact me to discuss what you’d like!
On Friday I make new dog leash for my dog, it’s 4 plait in kangaroo with a 10 plait wrist loop. One thing that I tend to do with the dog leads that I make for my dog is that they are 4 plait, for regular dog walking we don’t need anything fancier than 4 plait. However to make them fancier I usually do an 8 plait flat braided wrist loop and put on a two tone knot.
Dog leads are a pretty easy little plaiting project if you are getting into plaiting. Also if you are trying to learn how to cut kangaroo lace freehand like I do a 4 plait dog lead is a very forgiving project. Even if it’s your first time cutting free hand you’re going to have to try really hard to mess this up!
Here’s how how I made the dog lead a few days ago:
I started with two pieces of kangaroo lace that I had cut out from a kangaroo center that was leftover making an 8 foot bullwhip. I cut one piece of lace that was 22 feet 5 inches long by 6.25.mm wide and another piece that was 12 feet long and 4mm wide. I pared both of these on both flesh sides and split them to an even thickness. The longer piece of lace will be the overlay and the smaller piece will be the core.
You will also need a clip for the end:
Take the core and thread it through the clip so the middle of the lace is hanging from the clip.
Then cut the the longer piece of lace in half, so that you have two pieces. I thread those through the clip (over the core) so the middles are on top of the middle of the core:
Start a 4 plait round braid.
I plaited the dog lead until about the 3 foot mark.
Once I had the body of this finished I would normally roll it between two boards. However recently someone had emailed me asking me how to use a leather rounder. They aren’t that hard to use, you simple put the leather into it, lock it in place and pull:
The 3 foot mark is where I wanted to put my wrist loop. For this to be a 10 plait wrist loop I had to cut each of the 4 plait strands in half and pare the edges on the flesh side that need to be beveled. I also thinned down the two core strands so they were about the same width as the strands that will be the wrist loop. By added the two core strands to the (now) eight strands from the body of the leash will give me ten strands for the wrist loop.
For the wrist loop I did what Ron Edwards calls a Goanna Neck pattern in 10 plait. Once the wrist loop was long enough I folded it in half and back braided it into the body of the dog lead and wrapped it with string.
Then I tied the first pass of a long button knot in natural tan.
And added a second pass in black kangaroo.
Then I put a turkshead on the other end of the dog lead:
Finally I gave it another board roll and a coat of shellac.
If it wasn’t raining today I’d put it on the dog and take her out!
I was cleaning up yesterday and I found a bunch of dog leads that I had made about a year ago. All of these are cowhide leather except for one that’s kangaroo. I had originally made about two dozen or so of these and sold them at a craft fair that benefited the preschool my daughter used to go to. These are the ones that were unsold after the craft fair and I put them away and forgot about them.
These dog leads are made from veg tanned leather which is an environmentally friendly tanning process. That’s something important to look for in any dog lead, something that’s not made with potentially poisonous chemicals that could potentially lead to health problems down the road for your dog. So many of the leather dog leads that are mass produced and imported from places like India don’t tell you how the leather was tanned and you don’t know what you are getting.
Making dog leads is a good way to get use up smaller bits of leather that are left over from whip making. I’ve listed these on my Dog Leads page. All of these are in stock and ready to ship out!
One day I’ll make an in stock page for all the little odds and ends that I make with my left over kangaroo lace. These are things like key fobs, bracelets, mini-horse tack, etc.