Fibers Visiting Artist Workshop
Basic Leather Working Workshop
Mar 31 - Apr 01 | fri + sat | 9:00AM - 5:00PM
All levels welcome
$45 for leather projects kit $30 - $60 leather tools<
Students will learn leather-working with traditional tools in order to create 3 of 9 possible projects taught by leather workers Marty and Rick, who have 60+ years of combined leather experience. Students will learn what the tools are and how to use them. Group critiques will be given after each finished project to compare and contrast various styles and artistic methods. Finishing methods will be covered.
Marty Elmore has been working with leather and cattle for 45 years. Not only does he create leather products but he uses them. Marty apprenticed under Don Butler in Sheridan in the early 1980's. He started a wholesale production strap goods company in 1987 which grew to have 10 employees, but sold that business in 2000. Now Marty produces specialty items for several wholesale customers regionally and nationwide.
Like most in his generation, Rick Lanning was given a hand-me-down set of leather tools at a young age and received basic leather knowledge through 4-H. In Rick’s early twenties he became a boot maker and repairman where he worked for several years until he sold the business in the mid eighties. Rick then combined leather work and horse training for many years, building custom saddles and tack for his many customers. Today, he and his wife, have a successful wholesale and contract leather carving business that is run in Caldwell, Idaho.