Tooling leather

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Tooling leather is a crafting activity that lets you add text or decorative patterns to leather items, in the form of a line after the description. You may also use a maker's mark stamp to stamp something that you have tooled a pattern onto.


The following tools are available for tooling leather:

  • A leather tooling kit will allow you to tool text or patterns onto a leather item.
  • A blank maker's mark stamp will, after being modified, allow you to stamp something you've previously tooled.
  • A pattern book or loose pattern is necessary to tool a pattern.
  • A leatherworking sponge can be used to remove tooled text or patterns from a leather item.

The tooling kit also functions as a special container, which can specifically hold maker's mark stamps, as well as loose patterns--but not other items (including sponges and books).

There are a few tanneries that sell leather tooling supplies:

  • Griffith Cwlyd's tannery in Ankh-Morpork on the Plaza of Broken Moons, which sells the kit, stamp, sponge, and a beginner's tooling pattern book.
  • A smelly tannery in Sto Lat, by the Royal Market, which sells the kit, stamp, sponge, and loose patterns.
  • Vic's tannery in Ohulan Cutash, west of the marketplace, which sells the kit, stamp, sponge, and a rustic leather tooling book.
  • A large tannery near Tyrant's Gate in Ephebe, which sells only loose patterns.


Tooling leather uses and can tm crafts.materials.leatherwork. According to the help file, it also uses or crafts.arts.calligraphy, depending on whether you're tooling a pattern or text.

Modifying a blank maker's mark stamp uses and can tm

The process

An item can have both text and a decorative pattern tooled onto it, but only one of each.

Tooling text

To tool text onto an item, you just need a leather tooling kit. This can be done anywhere; it doesn't need to be in a tannery.

You can tool up to 200 characters of text onto an item, with the following syntaxes:

  • tool text <words> {on|onto} <leather item> {with|using} <object> in <language> Tool some text into the surface of a leather item in a specific language.
  • tool text <words> {on|onto} <leather item> {with|using} <object> Tool some text into the surface of a leather object in the language you are currently speaking.

This costs a variable amount of gp, seemingly depending on the length of the text.

The results look something like this, presumably depending on your skills:

You read the leather jacket:
Written in sloppily tooled letters:

Tooling patterns

To tool a pattern onto an item, you likewise just need a leather tooling kit and a pattern book or loose pattern--you don't need to be in a tannery.

It uses this syntax:

  • tool pattern from <source> {on|onto} <leather item> {with|using} <object> Use a tooling pattern to transfer a design onto a leather object.

This costs a variable amount of gp.

When you look at something that you yourself have tooled a pattern onto, this sentence is added to the end of the design:

You recognise the linework and detailing in the leather as your own handiwork.

This sentence is absent when looking at someone else's work.


If you've tooled a pattern--not just text--onto a leather item, you can then stamp it with your maker's mark. This adds a bit to the end of the description of the design.

First, you need to modify a blank maker's mark stamp:

  • list {verbs|adjectives|objects|animals} for <stamp> See a list of the options available for modifying a maker's mark stamp.
  • modify <stamp> with {a|an} <adjective or verb> <object or animal> Modify the maker's mark in a smithy to add your personal touch.

(Trying to stamp with a blank stamp will fail, telling you to try modifying it first.)

Modifying a stamp must be done in a smithy, and uses A 191 bonus is enough to succeed some of the time. It probably requires a minimum bonus of 150.

The maker's mark will end up with the design you choose, and your name--including your last name, if you have one:

This is a simple brass stamp, suitable for imprinting a small design into a leather object.  This one features a stylised sword design and has the name "Rauna Masala" spelled out in tiny, neatly-spaced letters at the bottom.

Then, you stamp the item (which doesn't need to be done anywhere special):

  • stamp <leather item> with <stamp> Stamp your maker's mark on a leather item you have previously applied a design to.

You can only stamp an item once (unless the previous stamp has been removed), and only the person who tooled the pattern currently on the item can stamp it with their maker's mark. It takes no gp. Also note that you can't use someone else's stamp! The maker's mark stamp therefore functions something like "signing" things when writing, and isn't forgeable.

When other people look at something you've stamped, this sentence is added to the end of the pattern:

The design bears a maker's mark of a <design> with neat lettering declaring it to be the work of <person>.

When you look at your own, it adds it to the line about recognising the linework and detailing, and looks like this:

You recognise the linework and detailing in the leather as your own handiwork, as well as your own maker's mark of a <design>.


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Removing tooling

You can also remove tooling from an item. This process requires a leatherworking sponge, and doesn't damage the item.

To use the sponge, you have to soak or wet it first:

  • soak <object> in <object>

Soaking it in a fountain works for this.

Or use a bottle:

  • pour 1/100 of <container> onto <object>

1/100 of a bottle makes the sponge 'very wet', 2/100 is enough to make the sponge 'sopping wet'.

Then, you can use it to remove either the text or the design:

  • sponge text from <leather item> {with|using} <sponge> Remove the tooled text from a leather item with a wet sponge.
  • sponge pattern from <leather item> {with|using} <sponge> Remove the tooled pattern from a leather item with a wet sponge.

Removing a pattern also removes the stamp, if it has been stamped.

This costs 30 gp.

You can use a leatherworking sponge multiple times. Over time, it will stop being wet enough to use, but you can soak it again.


The beginner's tooling pattern book from Griffith Cwlyd's tannery has the following patterns:

  • Ephebian Key Pattern
  • Repeating Waves
  • Simple Floral Shapes
  • Birds in Flight
  • Spiral Ribbon

The rustic leather tooling book from the Ohulan Cutash tannery has the following patterns:

  • Horseshoes
  • Wheat Sheaf
  • Braided Rope
  • Rows of Cabbages
  • Woodland Scene

The slim black leather tooling book from William in the Moonlit Market has the following patterns:

  • Cloak and Dagger
  • Shrouded Face
  • Dotwork Skull
  • Throwing Weapons
  • Rooftop Figure

Loose patterns available in the Sto Lat tannery include:

  • dense scrollwork
  • overlapping leaves
  • twisted bramble

Loose patterns available in the Ephebe tannery include:

  • geometric shapes

Loose patterns available in the Ohulan Cutash tannery include:

  • spiderweb
  • sunflowers
  • wheat field

Help files