What started as a hobby quickly made its way to the top of my priority list. While leather is something that you can find anywhere, with such wide availability, products are often of low quality and are mass produced. I pride myself on creating custom, truly one-of-a-kind leather goods that are made to last the owner for many years.
I started working with leather sometime during 2013. When I first started, I was working in the oil fields so I didn’t have much time to be fooling around with a hobby. I started off with some basic tools from Tandy Leather that were enough to get by for the time being. Not knowing how much I would enjoy it, I didn’t want to spend too much money on things if they were just going to lay around and collect dust somewhere in my house. Looking back on it now, I couldn’t be happier that I made the decision to just try it out.
The very first thing that I made was a Tally Book cover with my company logo on the front of it. Let’s just say, I should have done some more research on how leather tooling is actually supposed to be done. To say the least, the tooling wasn’t too pretty. Not only did I not have the correct tools, but I had no idea how to use the ones that I had. Even though the logo wasn’t pretty, I was fairly happy with the outcome of the cover; although I have come a very long way since then.
Soon after that, I had a few co-workers ask me for things but I didn’t move forward with making any of them. I put any leather working on the back burner for a short period of time. It wasn’t until I got the urge to start crafting custom knives that I started working with leather again. After all, what good is a knife without a nice leather sheath to put it in? So I made a few knives with custom sheaths but I was still more interested in making the knives than I was with the leather work.
My leather work really started to take off when my brother asked me to make him a custom wallet. He had an old raggedy wallet that I presume he had gotten from one of the name brand stores that sells manufactured goods. That thing had seen it’s better days. The issue that he was having was that he had gotten so attached to the layout of his wallet that he didn’t want to change but couldn’t find the same thing anywhere! Since I was an expert at this point (yeah right!) I decided to take on the challenge.
First, I decided I would make my own wallet to see if I could really do it. I spent numerous hours figuring out how to do it and when I finished, I was pretty impressed with myself and the work I had done. So I went on to try to copy my brothers old beaten wallet. Again, I spent countless hours measuring, cutting, and laying out pieces to try to match the old one exactly. Needless to say, after that I was hooked! I posted a few things online and from there I started getting multiple orders from friends, family, and even some strangers!
Now after roughly five years, I’m still going after it and loving every minute of it! I hope to be doing this for many years to come.
I work from my shop located at 204 West Sample St. Ebensburg, PA 15931. Feel free to stop in and look around or to talk about a custom project that you have in mind!
Take a look through my photo gallery for inspiration or contact me and we can create something together that you will enjoy for years to come.
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