Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cow Gas Mask: Step Three

This is the third and final installment of making a cow gas mask.

I've added the leather surround, and temporarily inserted the eyepieces for final shaping.

I designed the snout to accentuate the cow's mouth, so it would be readily identifiable.

Brass hardware has been added, and the mask antiqued to make it look old.

The final mask with cold cast resin parts, displayed on the fiberglass cow. Moo-o-o-o!


  1. That is about the craziest thing I have ever seen...and what an awesome piece of work! I continue to be fascinated by your art, Tom, and I appreciate your sharing part of your creative process.
    Ever thought of recording your sewing and turning that into tutorials? As a neophyte leather crafter, I would totally pay to see a master craftsman in action.

    Best to you and your family for the Holidays.

  2. Hi Craig,

    I've never thought of making a tutorial. I don't consider myself a "master craftsman" as I am mostly self-taught, and I am unfamiliar with the classic techniques of leatherworking.

    The stitching is extremely simple. Punch the holes with a three- or four-hole chisel, then run the appropriate sized needle through the holes with waxed thread. I blogged about the three different stitches that I use here

    The hardest part of pattern making for me is figuring out the stitching holes so that the parts all match up.

  3. This cow mask is really nice..
    I Just liked it..

    Buy I just want to know that is this is made up of leather or what?

    Thanks for sharing..
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  4. Tom,

    I was surfing youtube and I came across this posting, I thought it was pretty cool. I did not post it but I found it,

    I too really enjoy what you do, even if you are not a master craftsman, I feel your work is very creative and inspiring. I often find myself thinking about how to make new and interesting leather objects. Happy viewing.