Tooled leather is often applied on desktop writing surfaces, wall, furniture panels and seating. Leather is sturdy, however the regular use and wear can cause accelerated degradation. Wood is commonly used as the substrate to which the leather is attached. The wooden substrate can also degrade affecting the stability of leather covering. It is often necessary to remove the leather to repair the underlying structural problems.

Bernacki & Associates is able to conserve and repair old damaged leather surfaces or replace deteriorated leather with new one, patinated and distressed to match.

Many borders and tooling patterns are provided, as well as a range of materials including composition metals and actual gold and silver leaf. Bernacki & Associates also has the capacity to tool along difficult curved edges or along tooling lines following curved patterns.

 Leather desk top surface before restoration

Leather desk top surface before restoration

 Leather desk top surface after restoration

Leather desk top surface after restoration

 Drum table top seen before restoration

Drum table top seen before restoration

 Drum table top after restoration. Tooling the table’s distinctive pattern was an intricate and demanding process complicated by the fact that the “round” table wasn’t wholly round. With appreciation for fine leather-tooling (and the sophisticated eye to note the difference between commercial leather stamping) the client requested duplication of original aesthetic by hand.

Drum table top after restoration. Tooling the table’s distinctive pattern was an intricate and demanding process complicated by the fact that the “round” table wasn’t wholly round. With appreciation for fine leather-tooling (and the sophisticated eye to note the difference between commercial leather stamping) the client requested duplication of original aesthetic by hand.

 Decorative leather embossing wheels used at Bernacki & Associates for blind and gold tooling

Decorative leather embossing wheels used at Bernacki & Associates for blind and gold tooling

 In the process of leather tooling at Bernacki & Associates, Inc.

In the process of leather tooling at Bernacki & Associates, Inc.

 A selection of tooling styles for your consideration. To view the entire catalogue of patterns, please call us at (312) 243-5669.

A selection of tooling styles for your consideration. To view the entire catalogue of patterns, please call us at (312) 243-5669.

 Selected tooling corners and stamps

Selected tooling corners and stamps

Silver, gold, and blind leather tooling sample. Please click the image to enlarge.

Leather tooling sample with thin blind tooling border visible at the very edge. Please click the image to enlarge.

Silver, gold, and color leather tooling sample. Please click the image to enlarge.

Leather tooling patterns: color embossing sample. Please click the image to enlarge.