This tool was used by Doug Kite for leather braiding. It was made especially for Doug by Pat Bourke in Geelong, who was also a leather braider. Doug had previously used a commercial cutter made by R.M. Williams. Braiding was a practical skill often used by drovers, so tools would necessarily be limited. Many of these early braiders would use their pocket knife and the width of their finger nail to gauge the leather. This tool was a great improvement in design and simpler than the R.M. Williams type.

Part of the Doug Kite Leather Braiding Collection which consists of handmade leather braided products, hand tools and works in progress made by Doug Kite from 1984 to 2016. The Collection also includes oral histories, video and photographs. The Collection was featured on the ABC Landline program on 7 August 2016.

Physical Description

Leather braided item, kangaroo skin.

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