Leather Visiting Artist Workshop
Nov 03 | fri | 9:00AM - 5:00PM
This hands-on fundamentals course is for people who want to learn how to make various items out of a variety of weights and types of leather. Whether you have done some leather work on your own, have already attended a workshop a school or have never worked with leather before, this is the best class to refine your skills and move forward to more intricate projects and advanced classes.
Marty and Rick will cover all the basic information students need to know to complete 2 to 3 different projects. We explore many aspects of working with leather: cutting, gluing, shaping, dyeing, adding hardware, and finishing techniques. Patterns and projects are provided as well as many choices of leather types and colors.
Tools need to be brought or purchased at the Flat Creek Saddle Shop. Leather will be provided.
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.