Leather Visiting Artist Workshop
Carving a Leather Belt and Fabricating a Belt Buckle
Mar 16 - 17 | fri + sat | 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Students should have taken one silversmithing class previously
In this mixed media class, you will carve a leather belt and fabricate a belt buckle in our silversmith studio. The class will operate as two courses - you will spend a day and a half on the belt buckle and then a day and a half carving the belt. You are encouraged to bring sketches and ideas for both the belt and the buckle. Any stones you'd like to add into your design of the buckle should also be brought to the class. Leather belts will come pre constructed (need to give size at registration -they will NOT strech so exact sizing is needed) and included in class fee. Rick Lanning will show you how the belts were made. The silver will be an additional fee based on amount used. Brass and copper are included in the class fee. There will also be a few tools needed from the leather shop here in town - estimate is $45. Estimate for entire belt buckle made of silver - $70-90.
Beginners to leather welcome - some Silver experience needed
Patricia has been a professional jeweler for over 20 years. Her work has been carried by galleries across the United States and Puerto Rico. Patricia has won numerous awards including 2 Niche Awards and a Saul Bell Award. Her work has been published in magazines and books. Her work has been exhibited at SOFA Chicago (through Snydermann-Works Gallery). She has taught at the Craft Guild and Creative Arts Center (Dallas), WildAcres in North Carolina with FSG and through the Georgia Goldsmith Group in Atlanta. She is a Certified Argentium(R) instructor.
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.