Happy to be back

My workshop wall calendar reads December, the clock has stopped, and I have no idea where to begin, but I am back! Shop mannequin and bird skeleton are stoked. I’ll have two new readymade items in the shop soon: one is the saddlebags for which I won a ribbon at the State Fair and the other is a kooky journalist’s field portfolio I fashioned from an upcycled workman’s kit. Also, I am returning to several custom orders made by VERY patient customers — a stampede string for a hunting hat, a Dungeons & Dragons dice bag, a growler carrier, a backpack, and a blacksmith apron!

Hiatus continues

This past Fall I snapped a photo of this bag I made in 2009 for Shelly Vaillancourt in its natural habitat! Super-fun project: hand-drawn, -cut, -punched, -riveted, and -sewn. It has a zippered drawings portfolio that attaches to the back for the artist on the go. Fun to spot it and think, Hey, that looks familiar!

Shelly’s bag “on the job” at her Alaska tattoo shop

I am finishing my writing degree this summer and will be back to leatherwork after a short rest break! I hope you are well during this crazy time. I am not accepting custom orders at this time but still have readymade items available. Thank you!


Catching up

The most exciting project of the year was these hand-cut, hand-punched, hand-stitched, hand-painted saddlebags that won me third place in the Alaska State Fair in the leather category. Sweet! I made them with copper rivets and heavy-duty black grommets, along with two cool antique copper cart buckles I got from a Wyoming tack seller. Below is a photo of one side. The other doesn’t have any painted elements, just cool range scars and a brand. I have some copper Dee rings to add, and then I will post them for sale in my Etsy shop.

This summer I made a custom wristband for a customer that she’s always wanted: black stoned oil cowhide with two rows of line 24 snaps. Simple and strong design.

I also made a spooky purple skull cameo wristband that’s available in my Etsy shop.

For Tides & Time Tattoos by Shelly V, whose shop is steampunk-themed, I made a collection of keyfobs to sell. She and her staff loved them so much that they kept most of them for themselves!

Excited about this new collar!

I’ve listed some new items in my Etsy shop, including this one-of-a-kind handmade leather flowers and gears collar necklace.  I’ve been wanting to make this for years.  Modeled by shop mannequin, who for whatever reason is wearing safety glasses.

Also, I put up a handful of privacy luggage tags:  HANDS OFF, WTF, NOT YOURS, NO, DUDE, PRIVATE, NOT YOU, and KEEP OUT.  These make fun gifts!

I also made a second variation of the skull cameo keyfob.

My plan this summer is to catch up on custom orders, do a couple repairs in the queue, and crank out some more ideas and experiments.  I have a cool little vintage miniature suitcase (it was an old men’s grooming kit) that I’m going to come up with a fresh take on.  I also want to try my hand at a vest and saddlebags, which I hope to finish in time for the Alaska State Fair 2018 exhibitions.  Thanks for visiting!


New custom and readymade items in December

Lucky me!  This year I received a commission for a buckskin rune pouch.  I chose a vintage buckskin, dyed it black, and created a veg-tan cowhide domestic cat skull badge, dyed blue, tacked on with rough knots showing on the badge.  It’s on its way to its new cat-loving owner’s home in Minneapolis, MN.  It’s around 4×7″ with a rawhide drawstring and a skull-and-crossbones charm.

Next up is a large readymade wristband, now available in my Etsy shop:  it’s veg-tan cowhide, hand-cut and dyed dark brown.  It features a Ghostrider concho and two 9/16″ steel hex spikes.  Closes with line 24 snaps (adjustable 7.5-8.5″) and is 1″ wide.

Last up is a custom veg-tan cowhide growler carrier, dyed dark brown.  This was made as a gift from a secret Santa and was sent off to Shrewsbury, MA.  Features a hand-sewn comfort handle, and it’s handmade top to bottom, from the drawing to the assembly.  You can order your own in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for visiting!

Leatherwork, made in Alaska